Council's Road Advisory Group (CRAG) Update


Recently, we put the call out for community members to join Council's Road Advisory Group (CRAG) to help us develop a Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP) that affordably and sustainably responds to the diverse needs of the Murrindindi Shire community.

The CRAG has been selected and the process is now underway.

The group consists of 14 participants who represent the diversity of Murrindindi Shire community as closely as possible.

How to stay informed?

The four sessions will be for group members only. However, a summary report will be prepared after each session and be made available in the Document Library.

How to ask a question?

Community members are welcome to share comments and raise questions to the Group via ‘Ask us a question’ below

Ask Council's Road Advisory Group (CRAG) a question

Stage One Results

The consultation period has now closed. Thank you for your feedback

From June to July 2023, we asked you to provide your input on how to balance the cost and quality of our road assets. We received over 130 submissions from the community and we are currently reviewing the information. Thank you to those community members who took the time to submit your ideas. Your valuable feedback will help us develop Council’s Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP) 2023-2033


The managing our local roads network project had:

  • Over 1,300 views

  • Over 75 Survey responses

  • Over 20 responses on the social map

Stage One engagement

Council needs your input on how to balance the cost and quality of our road assets with the many diverse needs of our local communities

To ensure roads and road assets across Murrindindi Shire meet the needs of the community, Council is reviewing and updating its Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP) and wants to know how you feel about the way our local road network is managed, what’s important to you and what you think we should focus on.

Council is seeking input from the community on all aspects of road asset management, including:

  • inspection, maintenance, and repair standards
  • renewal, and asset rehabilitation priorities
  • upgrade and expansion priorities
  • willingness from the community to pay for changes to the standard of service provided

Your feedback will help us develop our RAMP 2023-2033, which sets out our intentions for how Council-managed roads will be created, maintained, renewed and upgraded over the next decade and beyond.

Roads get us from A to B - they allow us to get to work, keep us social, support the delivery of vital services and supplies and they help people get to important appointments. Road assets include everything from kerb and channel, pedestrian crossings, street furniture, traffic management devices and line marking – all the important assets that help keep our roads safe and functional.

The purpose of the review is to assess our current practices, while taking into account financial considerations, community expectations and service delivery priorities, as well as other issues like climate change and the resilience of our road assets.

How to give feedback

  • Complete the full RAMP survey here (this should take approximately 15 minutes)
  • Complete the short RAMP survey here (this should take approximately 5 minutes)
  • Drop a pin on the road network map here
  • Join the Road Advisory Group here (The Expression of Interest period has now closed)

Our RAMP will act as a roadmap to achieving our Community Vision, so it is important that we get it right.

We want to hear what you value most, and what your needs are regarding all aspects of road asset management including:

  • inspection, maintenance, and repair standards
  • renewal, and asset rehabilitation priorities
  • upgrade and expansion priorities
  • your willingness to pay for changes to the standard of service that we currently provide

Council is responsible for the management of an extensive road network on behalf of the community, approximately 490 km of sealed road and 720 km of unsealed road.

Three strategic plans guide Council’s current approach to managing our road assets:

10-Year Asset Plan 2022-2032 (AP)

Our Asset Plan is a public document that includes information about maintenance, renewal, acquisition, expansion, upgrade, disposal and decommissioning in relation to each class of infrastructure asset under Council’s control. The Plan has been developed in accordance with Section 92 of the Local Government Act 2020 and will be reviewed and updated every four years. Click here to read our Asset Plan.

Road Management Plan 2021 (RMP)

Our RMP is also a public document. It is reviewed in accordance with the Road Management Act 2004 and commits Council to managing the public roads listed on our Register of Public Roads in accordance with the documented inspection and maintenance standards. These standards have been developed to be appropriate when taking into consideration community needs, our available budget and resources, and the standards adopted by other similar road authorities. Click here to read our current Road Management Plan.

Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP)

Our RAMP has historically been an internal working document. It was initially developed to complement Council’s RMP and was formally adopted by Council in December 2012. The RAMP has been regularly reviewed by Council staff to incorporate condition audit and asset revaluation data and to reflect changes in Council’s asset management objectives and practices.

Having recently developed and adopted our 10-year Asset Plan, we are now embarking on the review of our Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP).

The updated RAMP will set out our intentions for how the roads, under Council’s control, will be created, maintained, renewed and upgraded over the next decade and beyond.

The review will take into account community needs and aspirations, as well as climate change and other issues. Our aim will be to strike the right balance between asset quality and affordability while ensuring equity across the Shire and across current and future generations.

Decisions made while developing the RAMP will inform future updates to our Asset Plan, our Register of Public Roads and the inspection and maintenance standards documented in our RMP. The updated RAMP will also influence our 10-Year Financial Plan and future budget allocations. The draft RAMP will be available for public consultation from May 2024.

Council is reviewing and updating its Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP).

Putting our community first, Council wants to ensure that we are spending ratepayer money as effectively as possible. By spending money on what is important for our communities and ensuring that we can continue to afford to maintain our assets in a condition that is safe and suitable for continued use.