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Unsealed Roads Charter

With a growing population, more people than ever are travelling around the Shire and the current grading system for unsealed roads no longer works in Golden Plains. Council is delivering a new scheduling system for grading unsealed roads that is better, more efficient and fairer for road users across the Shire.

New Online Grading Calendar

Every unsealed road in the Shire should be graded to the same standard, and Council will map out the entire maintenance schedule from April to October. This calendar will begin by working to grade every road of the 700km unsealed road network and then track the busy roads that need more attention based on intervention levels, building up a more informed system with greater investment in the future.

The new calendar program will minimise the time that graders spend travelling to jobs and maximise the time they are out working in the prime grading weather. In the warmer months, when it's too dry for maintenance works to be cost-effective and efficient, the grading crews will keep busy with drainage, construction and sealed road shoulder works.

Council is working to implement the new Unsealed Roads Charter and we’ll update this webpage with a full grading calendar for 2020 in February.

Unsealed Road Commitment

Council commits to maintaining every unsealed road in the Shire to a specific level and we have a new roads inspector who will be monitoring the condition of roads. Council is currently in the process of hiring the roads inspector.

Once the new inspector is on board, when a resident contacts Council with concerns about their road, the inspector will respond and assess the road within 5 business days.

If upon inspection, the corrugation levels for the road are greater than 65mm in depth across 30% of 1km of the road, or if there are potholes at a depth greater than 100mm and with a diameter of greater than 400mm, the road will be put on the intervention list and the Works team will complete the repairs on your road within 30 business days.

At inspection, if the road rates better than the committed level of intervention, it keeps its place on the calendar and the Works team will be back out to grade the road as scheduled.

If you wish to report a Local Road defect/fault, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 5220 7111 or report an issue online.

Click here to report a road

Road Hierarchy

The road network has a hierarchy comprising Highways, Main Roads and Local Roads. Highways and Main Roads are fully managed (except in townships) by VicRoads from VicRoads’ Geelong Regional Office. Highways are A and B class roads and Main Roads are C class roads in the statewide route numbering system.


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A and B Class Roads (managed by VicRoads) highlighted in blue and red.

Local Roads

Most Local Roads within the Shire are the responsibility of Council; for management, maintenance and construction. Some unformed roads and tracks in forest areas and CFA fire access tracks are the Shire’s responsibility; others being the responsibility of Government Departments such as DEPI.

Unsealed Roads 

The unsealed road network, managed and maintained by the Shire, is approximately 752 kilometres in length. An annual grading program is conducted on all gravel roads within the Shire. The budget allowance nominally provides each gravel road within the Shire with two grades per year. However, some roads will receive more grading while others may only be graded once a year if at all, as determined by traffic use, road and weather conditions.

Want to Report a Problem?

The most common defects reported for roads include potholes, corrugations, road narrowing or deterioration of road surface. If you wish to report a Local Road defect/fault, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 5220 7111 or report an issue online.

Roads and Signage Fact Sheets

Fact sheet 1: Construction in a road reserve

Fact sheet 2: Tourist and business signage guidelines

Fact sheet 3: Defibrillator signage

Fact sheet 4: Township or district signage

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Page Last Updated:

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 - 11:35am


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.