Up to $25M is available from Local Roads to Market Program to improve the connections between the farm gate, receival points and markets.

Local Roads to Market Program

Local Roads to Market Program

Local Roads to Market Program is available for rural, regional and interface councils to support the upgrade of roads and bridges to provide for a more efficient and safer freight network for agriculture producers and processors transporting livestock, produce and other agricultural products to market.



The objective of the program is to improve the competitiveness of the agriculture sector by upgrading local roads and bridges to enable and improve safer access for heavy vehicles transporting livestock, produce and other agricultural products to market.

Upgrading first and last mile infrastructure that provides better connectivity from the farm gate to arterial roads, receival centres, transportation hubs, and national highways will enable heavy vehicles to access more direct routes to destinations along Victoria’s road freight network.

A more efficient and safer freight network supports agriculture producers and processors by reducing transportation costs and travelling times, and improving the quality of agricultural products shipped to domestic and international markets.



Funding for local road projects is not capped and funding for bridge projects is capped at $300,000.


Eligible Projects

Local Roads to Market projects include the following:

  • upgrading the load bearing capacity of local roads and/or bridges to a standard suitable for heavy vehicles (e.g. B-doubles, road trains, higher productivity vehicles, higher mass limits vehicles)
  • sealing of gravel roads and/or widening of existing local roads
  • improving local road intersections, including the intersection of a local road with an arterial road or national highway


Eligible Applicants

Funding will be available for rural, regional and interface councils and administrators of unincorporated areas across Victoria.

Councils may submit applications for more than one project. In the event that more than one project is submitted, council must nominate the priority of projects.



Applications close  30 November 2017.


Round 1 Recipients

Round one of the Local Roads to Market Program is providing $11.25 million in funding to 29 local road and bridge projects, worth $22.2 million in total project investment across rural and regional Victoria.

Applicant OrganisationProject NameProject DescriptionProject LocationGrant ApprovedTotal Project Cost
Alpine ShireUpgrade to Briggs BridgeStrengthen and increase the load limit of Briggs Bridge.Tawonga$70,000$140,000
Ararat Rural City CouncilTatyoon Road Upgrade and WideningConversion of Tatyoon Road from narrow to wide seal.Tatyoon$950,000$1,500,000
Baw Baw Shire CouncilLabertouche North Road Upgrade ProjectWiden and seal 7 km of Labertouche North Road.Labertouche$581,935$1,166,935
Buloke Shire CouncilYeungroon Road UpgradeReconstruct, widen and seal 1.4km of Yuengroon Road.Charlton$306,000$460,000
Central Goldfields ShireUpgrade Tullaroop Road/Chaplins Road IntersectionConstruction of 0.3 km of new road pavement to realign Tullaroop Road and Chaplins Road intersection.Maryborough$400,000$600,000
Corangamite ShireWidening of Timboon-Curdievale RoadWiden and strengthen 2.5 km of Timboon-Curdievale Road and install additional signage and line markings.Timboon West$460,000$690,000
Gannawarra ShireMcFarlane RoadThe project will seal a section of McFarlane Road.Lake Charm$83,000$125,000
Glenelg Shire CouncilOn-Farm Dairy Pick-Up RoutesThe project will upgrade 18 road intersections to improve width, sight distance and pavement strength.Glenelg Shire Council, various locations$480,000$720,000
Golden Plains ShireGumley Road Upgrade, Rokewood -Shelford to Wurrook RoadSeal 8.9 km of Gumley Road.Mt Mercer$600,000$900,000
Hindmarsh Shire CouncilAlbacutya Bridge Replacement ProjectReplace the existing single-lane bridge with a new two-lane, high productivity, heavy vehicle bridge.Rainbow$300,000$3,300,000
Horsham Rural City CouncilWinfields RoadSeal 2.4 km of Winfields Road between Mount Zero and Pohlners Roads and 200 m of Pohlners Road.Laharum$293,000$586,000
Horsham Rural City CouncilWonwondah-Dadswell Bridge RoadReconstruct and widen 1.94 km of Wonwondah-Dadswell Bridge Road.Wonwondah$226,000$452,000
Indigo Shire CouncilGooramadda Road Bridge UpgradeWiden the bridge to provide for shoulders, increased load and installation of new upgraded guard barriers.Gooramadda$300,000$450,000
Loddon Shire CouncilUpgrade Billings RoadUpgrade approximately 1 km of Billings Road from its intersection with Boort-Quambatook Road to the Osborne Road intersection.Boort$306,666$460,000
Mildura Rural City CouncilMeridian Road/Stuart HighwayConstruct a new sealed 2 km of gravel road of Meridian Road.Merbein South