New chief regional roads officer

20 August 2018

A Chief Regional Roads Officer has been appointed to lead the new division of VicRoads, Regional Roads Victoria (RRV), and oversee the biggest road maintenance blitz the state has ever seen.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced that experienced Geelong engineer Paul Northey has been appointed to the top job at RRV, which comes into operation from September.

“Paul will be a champion for regional Victoria, providing the Victorian Government with frank and candid advice about the condition of rural and regional roads" said Mr Donnellan.

Mr Northey has lived in regional Victoria his entire working life, including Barwon Water in Geelong for the past 24 years and Coliban Water in Bendigo before that. 

“I have lived in regional Victoria for around 30 years, so I know first-hand how critical safe and reliable roads are to the livelihood and productivity of regional communities" Mr Northey said.

He has extensive experience delivering essential infrastructure services and is looking forward to visiting communities across the state to talk about RRV, and to learn more about their priorities as we upgrade the regional road network.

As the head of RRV, Mr Northey will oversee the biggest road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen – with more than 1,000 kilometres of road to be repaired, resurfaced or rebuilt across country Victoria this year.

RRV has been established to provide a strong coordinated approach to road maintenance across the state – ensuring regional Victorians can enjoy safer, faster and more reliable journeys.

VicRoads Chief Executive Michael Malouf said “Regional Roads Victoria marks a significant shift in the way VicRoads manages the regional road network and we welcome Paul to this key position. Paul will hit the ground running in September as we get on with fixing deteriorating regional roads across the state”.


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