Mayor's Weekly Message: Monday 8 April 2019
Our transport network challenges
Since becoming Mayor nearly 2 years ago, I’ve learnt a lot about the things that are important, or of concern to our community.
Last week I spent time chatting with members of our community about Council’s draft plans for 2019/20, and there were many topics discussed. Some of these were the responsibility of Council, and others that are the responsibility of other levels of Government.
One of the things that really stood out to me was the level of concern about congestion at the Wrights Road roundabout.
This is a key route into and out of Port Macquarie, and is located in the middle of a major growth corridor bounded by homes, shopping precincts and our growing health and education precinct. Whilst this roundabout is not Council’s direct responsibility, I want to reassure you that we are working particularly hard on behalf of our community in partnership with the state government to explore solutions that will address this problem.
To efficiently and effectively plan for the growth in our region, and to limit the impacts of traffic congestion now and in the future, Council and all levels of government must work closely together to develop our road network. This includes the three types of roads we have… state, regional and local.
State roads are those managed by the Roads and Maritime Services (NSW Government), such as the Oxley Highway… including the roundabouts at the Pacific Highway, Wrights Road and Lake Road intersections.
Ocean Drive, Hastings River Drive, Lake Road and the roads in our local neighbourhoods, towns and villages are Council’s responsibility, and we maintain and upgrade these roads using a combination of rates received from local residents and funding contributions from the state and federal governments.
While there is a clear separation of responsibility, we know that as a community we all want a road network that works, across all types of roads.
If you’d like to learn more about what we are doing to plan and develop our local road network, or to better understand the differing road responsibilities, we’ve developed a handy fact sheet that you can find on our website pmhc.nsw.gov.au/roads