Agricultural local road funding for Councils

The Victorian Government is supporting councils to undertake local road projects that improve access for the agriculture and food supply chain sector.

AgriLinks Upgrade Program (open)

The $20 million AgriLinks Upgrade Program (AUP) is funding shovel-ready local road improvement projects to support jobs and bolster the state’s agri-food sector.

AUP provides rural, regional and interface councils with up to $350,000 for eligible road improvement projects. Additional funding is available on a co-contribution basis.

AUP is funding local road, intersection and bridge improvement projects that:

  • benefit the agriculture or food sector
  • are ‘shovel ready’
  • can be completed within 18 months of commencement.

The $20 million funding is part of the $2.7 billion Building Works package which is getting thousands of people back to work on crucial infrastructure projects.

Projects funded under AUP will strengthen business productivity, support local communities and assist Victorian farm businesses, agricultural supply-chains and agri-food producers to grow.

AUP opened in August 2020. All eligible councils have been provided information on AUP by Agriculture Victoria.

Local Roads to Market Program (closed)

The Local Roads to Market Program (LRMP) was a $25 million program to support local road, intersection and bridge upgrades to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the agriculture sector.

LRMP supported 78 road and bridge infrastructure projects worth over $40 million across rural and regional Victoria.

LRMP is now closed for applications.

Local Roads to Market Program – Round 2 projects

Council

Project

Funding

Buloke Shire Council

Birchip-Corack Road upgrade

Widen and seal a 2 km section of Birchip-Corack Road to improve access for heavy vehicles, especially B-Double grain movements from farms north of Birchip to the Geelong port.

$588,000

Mildura Rural City Council

Meridian South Road widening (Stage 2), Merbein South

Widen and seal a 6 km section of the road (currently gravel) to improve the quality of produce transported from the region to the arterial network, as well as bypassing the neighbouring townships.

It will benefit local primary producers including vegetable growers, grain and livestock producers.

$750,000

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Annuello Wemen Road upgrade, Wemen

Widen approx. 2.7 km of the road from the Ryan Road intersection to improve safe passage of heavy vehicles, predominately servicing three large farms producing almonds, carrots and salad leaves.

$429,300

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Minyip-Dimboola Road shoulder re-sheet

Re-sheet the gravel shoulders on both sides of Minyip-Dimboola Road for 10.6 km to improve B-Double freight access.

This will benefit grain receival centres and storage facilities at Warracknabeal (GrainCorp & Wilken Grain), Dimboola (ABB), Murtoa (GrainCorp) and Dooen (Wimmera Intermodal Freight Hub).

$302,666

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Hopetoun-Yaapeet Road widening

Widen and seal 1.5 km of Hopetoun-Yaapeet Road to improve heavy vehicle access to grain receival and storage facilities.

$320,000

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Sea Lake-Lascelles Road widening

Widen and seal 1.3 km of Sea Lake-Lascelles Road to improve access for heavy vehicles to grain receival and storage facilities at Lascelles, Woomelang and Hopetoun.

$253,333

Gannawarra Shire Council

Adamthwaite Road upgrade and last mile connectivity

Gravel re-sheeting 1.1 km of the road to provide all-weather access for heavy vehicles to the Quambatook grain receival centre, which provides a direct link to Victoria's ports via rail.

$90,000

Swan Hill Rural City Council

O'Connor Lane upgrade

Seal 700 metres of O'Connor Lane (currently gravel), including upgrading the intersection with the Murray Valley Highway.

This will improve the quality of produce transported from farms in the area, including Sunvale, which produces table grapes and avocados.

$119,000

Hindmarsh Shire Council

Antwerp-Woorak Road upgrade

Upgrade and seal 5.2 km of Antwerp-Woorak Road to improve access to markets and transport hubs for heavy vehicles in Hindmarsh and the broader Wimmera-Mallee region.

The project will benefit grain growers, livestock producers and grain storage operators.

$500,000

Hindmarsh Shire Council

Rainbow-Nhill Road upgrade

Widen an 'S' bend in the road to improve the safety of the bend, and road upgrades to provide heavy vehicle access for local farmers and producers.

$200,000

Horsham Rural City Council

Wonwondah-Dadswells Bridge Road final stage

Reconstruct and widen the last 1 km section of the Wonwondah-Dadswells Bridge Road to provide for improved freight efficiencies and quality, especially for Australian Wildflowers business located at Laharum.

$128,500

Yarriambiack Shire Council/Horsham Rural City Council (Joint)

Dimboola-Minyip road widening

Widen and seal a 1 km section of Dimboola-Minyip road to improve the condition of the road for all vehicles, including heavy vehicles, to the grain receival centre.

$200,666

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Minyip-Banyena road widening

Widen and seal 1.5 km section of Minyip-Banyena Road to improve access for heavy vehicles to the grain receival and storage facilities.

$291,333

Buloke Shire Council

Yeungroon Road upgrade

Widen and seal an additional 2 km of Yeungroon Road for B-Doubles to access the Charlton Feedlot and local grain storage facilities.

$680,000

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Scollary and Rinaldi Road upgrade

Upgrade of the Rinaldi and Scollary Road intersection including culvert works. Upgrade works to provide improved manoeuvrability for heavy vehicles servicing local piggeries and farms in the area and connecting to the Wimmera Highway.

$117,000

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Scollary's Bridge upgrade

Widen and strengthen the load bearing capacity of the bridge to allow passage of heavy vehicles servicing local hay, grain and livestock farms and piggeries to the arterial network.

$280,000

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Backwater Bridge upgrade

Widen and strengthen the load bearing capacity of the bridge to allow passage of heavy vehicles servicing the farms and piggeries in the area to the arterial network. This bridge is part of the freight route to the arterial.

$290,000

Cardinia Shire Council

Island Road upgrade, Koo Wee Rup

Seal the remaining section of Island Road to improve the quality of produce transported from the neighbouring farms.

$90,000

Whittlesea City Council

Costa Mushroom Exchange transport improvements

Intersection works at Bridge Road and Cookes Road and road widening to improve manouevrability of heavy vehicles, particularly from Costa Mushroom Exchange.

$300,000

Moira Shire Council

Broken Creek Farm – Transporting eggs safely to market

Intersection works at Mordens Road and Katunga Picola Road and road widening up to the farm gate of Broken Creek farm to improve freight transports from the farm.

$342,000

Page last updated: 31 Aug 2020