Paving the way for Victorian farmers

The Victorian Government is ensuring farmers have a smoother journey from their farm gate to market with investments to improve local roads.

The completion of the Grantville Glen Alvie Road Heavy Vehicle Access Improvement Project in the Bass Coast, which received a $350,000 grant through the Victotiran Government’s $20 million AgriLinks Upgrade Program.

This project has widened and reconstructed the road so it can better cater for heavy vehicles that regularly use it to transport beef, wool and other farm produce. New barriers have also been installed on the road to boost safety.

The project is one of 51 local road, intersection and bridge infrastructure works supported through the AgriLinks Upgrades Program, which provided funding to 39 rural, regional and peri-urban councils across the state.

These important local road infrastructure upgrades are increasing productivity and reducing travel times, which is better connecting country roads to major transport routes. It will provide direct benefits to producers, processors and other agri-food supply chain businesses.

The program complements funding provided through the previous Local Roads to Market Program, which supported 63 local projects along Victoria’s rural and regional agricultural freight routes, delivering productivity and safety improvements for farmers and businesses.

The AgriLinks Upgrade Program is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package that has helped getting thousands of Victorians back to work on crucial infrastructure projects around Victoria.

Over the coming year, the State Government's road maintenance blitz will also step up with $780 million invested across Victoria, including record asset expenditure of $187 million on road rehabilitation, drainage renewal and bridge works.