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Mayors weekly message: 12 February 2018

Released on: 12 February 2018

Released on: 12 February 2018

A Wauchope Focus

When I’m out and about chatting to locals in our region, people often say that all Council’s activity is in Port Macquarie and not so much in our outer areas.

A particular concern that’s raised is all the work that’s done in the Port Macquarie CBD. What many people don’t realise, is that most of the CBD work is not paid for by normal rates, but by the landowners in the CBD.

As representatives of our community, I know that Councillors work hard to make sure that all areas of our region receive equal focus, based on population and need.

For example, right now in Wauchope as well as normal repair work, there are extensive road reseals taking place which are done to reduce ongoing costs. There are also major improvements taking place on Beechwood Road, including a main intersection upgrade to meet the needs of new development, as well as water and sewer upgrades. Council times these works together to minimise costs.

Our Wauchope Pool has also received a major facelift recently and has been incredibly popular this summer. With the grandstand now installed, diving boards in place and shade shelters up, construction of a new kid’s water play area is all that’s left to go and should be fully complete by next swimming season.

Local boaties will also benefit from investment in a new floating pontoon at Rocks Ferry Reserve, funded by Council and the NSW Government, which will greatly increase the capacity to launch boats and enjoy our delightful river.

Let’s also not forget the $22 million which Council and the NSW Government are investing in small village sewer schemes for Long Flat, Comboyne and Telegraph Point, to protect our villages and rivers from pollution.

In Wauchope there’s a lot going on, and the same could be said for all areas in our region, not just Port Macquarie.

If you think something needs doing, then please have your say through Council’s website to help shape the future of our entire region, with its many towns, villages and communities.

For more information and to stay up to date on some of the major projects happening across our region visit