Locals across Hepburn Shire will soon have access to better roads, footpaths and links with key agricultural towns, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

More local roads, bridges and intersections will be upgraded across regional and rural Victoria as part of the Labor Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program, meaning safer and more reliable journeys for communities.

Hepburn Shire Council has secured close to $1.5 million of the $70 million in second round funding to go towards a raft of road improvement projects.

The funding will go towards construction of a new footpath linking Clunes Primary School with the town’s existing footpath network, upgrades for five roads in Trentham – including Bowen Street, Church Lane and Gamble Street, Forrest Street and Cranneys Lane – and improving key agricultural links at Newlyn, Glenlyon and Musk.

These upgrades come on top of $500,000 worth of projects funded by the Labor Government in round one of the program, including the intersection upgrade at Trentham-Springhill Road and Springhill Road, a pedestrian crossing at Victoria Street, and a rebuild of Daylesford-Clunes Road.

Round one projects are on track for completion by mid-2019, while round two projects must be delivered by June 2020.

For more information and the full list of projects funded under the Fixing Country Roads Program, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford:

“I know how important these upgrades are to people who live in Trentham and Clunes, and to our primary producers.”

“It’s all about ensuring our smaller communities have high-quality roads – that’s why we’re making them better and safer.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas:

“As our region continues to grow, so too does the need for high-quality roads – which is why we’re partnering with council to deliver these important upgrades.”

“Locals have been calling out for upgrades across Hepburn Shire, and we’re making them happen.”