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VicRoads announces new chief regional roads officer

Regional Roads Victoria (RRV), the new division of VicRoads, has appointed Paul Northey as Chief Regional Roads Officer as it rolls out a comprehensive state-wide maintenance program.

An experienced Geelong engineer, Northey will begin work in his new role this September.

Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety announced the appointment this week.

“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,” he said.

A resident of regional Victoria his entire working life, Northey has extensive experience delivering infrastructure services.

He worked at Coliban Water in Bendigo and more recently spent 24 years with Barwon Water in Geelong.

“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,” said Northey.

Northey will oversee what the State Government considers the “biggest road maintenance blitz Victoria has ever seen.”

The RRV has been established to provide a coordinated approach to road maintenance across the state.

Upgrades made to the regional road network will include 1,000 kilometres of repairs, resurfacing and rebuilds across country Victoria.

“Regional Roads Victoria marks a significant shift in the way VicRoads manages the regional road network and we welcome Paul to this key position,” said Michael Malouf, VicRoads Chief Executive.

“Paul will hit the ground running in September as we get on with fixing deteriorating regional roads across the state,” he said.

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