Local Roads to Market Program

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$300,000$624,800
Moira Shire CouncilShackell’s Folly/Stewart’s  Bridge RenewalReplace the timber bridge with a new concrete bridge with increased load bearing capacity.Lower Moira$300,000$767,460
Moorabool ShireSealing Triggs RoadConstruct and widen 1.63 km of Triggs Road.Bungaree$407,971$611,957
Moyne Shire CouncilWoolsthorpe-Hexham Road Access Improvement ProjectRealign the Woolsthorpe-Hexham Road / Hexham-Ballangeich Road intersection, reconstruct the intersection with Bostocks road, widen approximately 5 km of road, and conduct localised road pavement improvements over further 2 km of road.Woolsthorpe$841,333$1,262,000
Northern Grampians Shire CouncilUpgrade Fithall Road and Ararat-St Arnaud Road IntersectionUpgrade the existing intersection of Fithall Road, Arbuckle Road and Ararat-St Arnaud RoadBeazleys Bridge$100,000$150,000
Northern Grampians Shire CouncilJoel Joel Road Widening WorksWiden the current narrow seal segments for the length of Joel Joel Road.Joel Joel$780,000$1,180,000
Pyrenees Shire CouncilPavement Strengthening – Trawalla RoadRehabilitate 4.5 km of existing pavement along Trawalla Road.Brewster$581,000$1,162,000
South Gippsland ShirePowneys Road BridgeConstruct a new concrete bridge with increaseD capacity bearing to replace the current bridge.Tarwin Lower$213,334$320,000
Strathbogie Shire CouncilNagambie-Locksley / McDonald Roads Intersection and ApproachConstruct an auxiliary left turn lane from Nagambie-Locksley Road into McDonalds Road and rehabilitate approximately 1.6 km of Nagambie-Locksley Road east of the intersection.Nagambie$500,000$753,950
Surf Coast Shire CouncilCressy Road UpgradeConstruct and widen 2.3 km of Cressy Road.Ombersley$674,000$1,011,000
Swan Hill Rural City CouncilThe Projects Road – Three Chain Road and Unnamed RoadUpgrade 7 km of Three Chain Road (between Fish Point Road to Winlaton Road) and 2.6 km of Unnamed Road (from Three Chain Road to Tresco Benjeroop Road).Lake Boga$246,000$369,000
West Wimmera ShireLillimur Grain Receival: Feders-Collins Road, Station Road, K Clarks RoadUpgrade and realign road access to the Lillimur Grain receival site.Lillimur$500,000$1,232,000
Yarriambiack ShireWilken Grain Receival Centre Warracknabeal Birchip RoadWiden Warracknabeal Birchip Road and provide turning lanes to the grain receival centre located 4 kms east of the Warracknabeal township.Warracknabeal$120,000$180,000
Yarriambiack ShireDimboola Minyip Road WideningConstruct and widen approximately 1.6 km of Dimboola Minyip Road.Dimboola$205,050$307,576


Media Release

The agriculture sector in Corangamite Shire will soon be transporting produce to market in better quality and safer thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today announced in the Victorian Parliament a $260,000 investment from the Labor Government for three projects in the shire from Round Two of the Local Roads to Market program.

The grant, along with a co-investment from Corangamite Shire Council and industry, will fund infrastructure upgrades to enable and improve the access for heavy vehicle freight from the farmgate to arterial roads.

The three projects in the Corangamite Shire region include:

  • $200,000 to upgrade the intersection of North Robilliards Road and Timboon-Nullawarre Road to allow heavy vehicles and traffic to safely navigate the intersection. The project will also install an advanced warning signal, improve road visibility and safety for milk transport by dairy processors
  • $40,000 to widen and seal Tomahawk Creek Road up to the farmgate of Heytesbury Stockfeeds, to improve B-double access to the arterial road
  • $20,000 to upgrade the intersection at Noskin and Browns Road for heavy vehicle freight from Timboon Goat Farm.

The $25 million Local Roads to Market program is a key pillar of the Labor Government’s Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund (AIJF) to improve rural and regional road transport connections.

The Corangamite Shire upgrades are three of 39 projects worth $24 million that will be delivered under the second round of the program.

These projects are delivered in close consultation with the Victorian Farmers Federation and in partnership with the Corangamite Shire Council to strengthen our agricultural infrastructure.


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