Local Roads to Market Program
The objective of the $25 million Local Roads to Market Program is to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the agriculture sector. It will upgrade local roads, intersections and bridges for use by large and heavy vehicles. This will help reduce travel times, strengthen business productivity and improve road safety. It will also seal strategically significant local roads identified by food processors or producers to lessen produce damage.
While the primary focus of the program is to improve our local agricultural supply routes, upgrading these local transport connections will also be of benefit to communities and road users. The capacity of existing local roads and bridges will be enhanced, bringing better connections for agriculture produce, particularly connections to arterial roads and national highway freight networks.
Funding under the program will be available for rural, regional and outer suburban (or 'interface') councils across Victoria to better link farmers and industries with processing centres, receival sites, ports and markets.
Round 2 of the Local Roads to Market is now closed for applications.
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Round One of the LMRP is funding 29 infrastructure projects worth $22.2 million across rural and regional Victoria.
Projects ineligible for funding
The following activities will generally NOT be eligible for funding as they are not value for public money propositions:
- requests for retrospective funding where projects have been completed or have commenced prior to receiving funding approval
- routine maintenance and resurfacing
- major arterial (VicRoads) roads
- private roads
- roads that are not strategic agricultural routes
Designing Local Roads to Market Projects
The objective of 'Designing Local Roads to Market Projects' is to support the design of first/last kilometre local road works and assessment of bridges to determine safe carrying capacity. These projects will be identified by councils following consultation with local agriculture producers, processors and freight handlers in order to improve the efficiency of local agriculture freight routes.
The projects identified through this process need to address the objectives of the Local Roads to Market Program.
The Designing Local Roads to Market is now closed for applications.