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Strategies and Plans

Port Macquarie's industrial area

Our region is experiencing growth like never seen before, so we're taking a pro-active approach to planning for our future, to ensure our community remains a great place to live, work, play and invest.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings is known as one of the most liveable regions in the country, and our focus is on ensuring we have a balance in meeting the immediate needs of our community whilst having a clear vision for our future.

Planning for the future has always been a priority and we have some firm plans in place which you will find below. You can also learn about the new planning currently underway also below. 

In progress: 

  •  2021-2022 Operational Plan10MB pdf(PDF, 10MB)

    The one year Operational Plan is a sub-plan of the Delivery Program. It focuses on the individual action (and budget) for the next financial year The Operational Plan includes the Revenue Policy, Rating Maps, and proposed Fees and Charges.

  • Port Macquarie Transport Network Planning - Strategic Business Case
    A Strategic Business Case to develop options to improve accessibility, connectivity and road safety for the Port Macquarie Road Network. This is following on from the proposed Orbital Road Project. The strategic business case will include a review of route options and how these compare with, or add to possible improvements to the existing road network, such as planned upgrades to Lake Road, Ocean Drive, or other Council-managed roads, and the Oxley Highway, as a State-managed road.  Flood-free connection to the airport and business park will be provided, as will improved connectivity to key destinations including Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Charles Sturt University, St Columba Anglican School and the Regional Sports Stadium.
    The study will consider long term solutions to addressing our current and future traffic growth, and is essential for the economic and social vitality of our community.

    To stay up to date and learn more about the project visit:
    - Future Planning for an integrated transport network
    - Transport Network Strategic Business Case
    - Proposed Orbital Road Project
  • Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy (under development)

    The Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy Strategy provides Council with an opportunity to take stock of its water cycle management efforts so far, and plan what needs to be done into the future. 

  •  Koala Recovery Strategy (Draft)3MB pdf(PDF, 3MB)

    The Port Macquarie-Hastings Koala Recovery Strategy identifies the key issues that are impacting the local koala population. It provides actions and guidelines to aid in the recovery of the local koala.

  • Draft Regional Infrastructure Transport Strategy (under development)

    A Regional Integrated Transport Strategy (RITS) is currently being developed to identify key transport decisions and actions across the entire road network. This strategy will link with other key strategic plans to provide a holistic view of the entire transport network, maximising opportunities to address the communities current and future needs and aligning our transport objectives with land use planning, our UGMS, the State Government Future Transport Strategy and funding prospects.

  • The study will consider long term solutions to addressing our current and future traffic growth, and is essential for the economic and social vitality of our community. 

  • To stay up to date and learn more about the project visit:

  • The development of the Draft Road Corridor Strategy

    The MR538 and MR600 road corridor includes Hastings River Drive, Ocean Drive, Kendall Road and River Street. This road corridor stretches 52 km and links Port Macquarie to neighbouring local towns and villages along the coast, and then inland to Kew and Kendall. A long-term strategy is currently being developed for this corridor. This corridor strategy will integrate with Council’s other plans and strategies for the region and will integrate with the NSW Government’s plans for the Pacific and Oxley Highways. It will focus on preserving the corridor and setting out a broad design framework for future transport network upgrades, for all users including traffic, walking, cycling and public transport. It will also define priorities for future road maintenance, operation and safety for all road users, while also considering the diverse communities it serves and planned growth across the region.

    Community involvement will help inform the study and provide a deeper understanding of how the road corridor is used within the local area and how it could be used in the future. Stage one consultation with the community and key stakeholders took place in September 2020. Bitzios Consulting are currently reviewing the community feedback, along with undertaking technical studies and analysing traffic data to understand who uses the corridor and how they use it.  Further consultation will take place mid-July 2021. Following this, the draft Road Corridor Strategy will be placed on public exhibition. To learn more about this project visit our Have your Say page.

Developed strategies: 

  •  Shaping our future 2040 - Local Strategic Planning Statement

    22MB pdf
    (PDF, 22MB)
    'Shaping Our Future 2040' is the core strategic land-use planning document for the Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area. It outlines the vision for land-use planning in our local area over the next 20 years and sets the direction for our community’s environmental, social and economic land-use needs.
  • Smart Community Roadmap

    The Smart Community Roadmap will guide Council and the local community towards a smarter future, leveraging innovative thinking, digital technology, data and human expertise. The Roadmap unpacks the smart community concept and demonstrates the benefits and opportunities from smart community investment. It illustrates where we are today as a smart community, where we are going, and how we aim to get there.
  •  Cultural Plan 2018-2021 

    The Cultural Plan identifies the underpinning strategies, frameworks and actions that will drive and support cultural development within the Port Macquarie-Hastings region for the period 2018-2021.
  • Health and Education Precinct Masterplan

    The Health and Education precinct is a key project within the Urban Growth Management Strategy. A masterplan is currently under development with the objective to create an active community hub that is a centre for excellence for knowledge and health. A Health and Education Precinct will help position Port Macquarie as an increasingly competitive destination for university students, health care professionals and the broader community.

  • Towards 2030 Community Strategic Plan

    The Community Strategic Plan is an overarching 10 year plan that is prepared by Council and the community based on community priorities. It identifies the community’s aspirations for the future and outlines strategies to achieve them.

  • 2017-2021 Delivery Program 

    The 2017-2021 Delivery Program outlines the strategies that our organisation will focus on to meet the Community Strategic Plan over the Council’s four-year term of office. 

  •  Urban Growth Management Strategy

    The aim of the Urban Growth Management Strategy (UGMS) is to achieve well planned growth in the right places, to create a more diverse and prosperous economy and maintain a healthy environment and great places to live that will meet the future needs of our growing community.

  •  Port Macquarie-Hastings Traffic Study5MB pdf(PDF, 5MB)

    The Port Macquarie-Hastings Traffic Study has been developed to provide a road and traffic management strategy for the region's road network for the next 20 years. It outlines a series of recommendations for new road links, key corridor upgrades, localised works and rural road improvements.

  • Economic Development Strategy

    The 2017-2021 Economic Development Strategy has been developed to position the Port Macquarie Hastings region as a place where people want to live, learn, work, play and invest. It is being delivered in partnership with local business and industry and overseen by our Economic Development Steering Group.

  • Biodiversity Strategy

    A Biodiversity Strategy has been developed to provide information to guide and enable strategic growth and development while conserving biodiversity values.

  •  Long Term Energy Strategy7MB pdf(PDF, 7MB)

    The Long Term Energy Strategy identifies energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities to assist Council with planning for and managing short, medium and long term energy requirements. 

  •  Recreation Action Plan 2021-20252MB pdf(PDF, 2MB)

    The 2021-2025 Recreation Action Plan provides Council and the community with the necessary framework and road map for meeting the current and future needs in sport and recreation requirements commencing in 2021.

  •  Airport Master Plan18MB pdf(PDF, 18MB)

    The Airport Master Plan presents a 20-year vision for the Port Macquarie Airport site that considers the requirements for future airline operations, general aviation activities and commercial property development opportunities, and provides the framework and strategic direction to guide the future development of the Airport to underpin the region’s economic development and tourism potential.  

  • Lake Cathie Foreshore Master Plan

    Local residents and visitors will benefit from a range of upgrades to one of our region’s much loved recreational spaces, with the Lake Cathie Foreshore Master Plan being approved for implementation.

  •  Laurieton Sports Complex Master Plan4MB pdf(PDF, 4MB)

    The adopted Laurieton Sports Complex Master Plan, developed by Council in collaboration with sporting user group has been incorporated into the 2020-2021 Capital Works Program. 

This page was last updated on: 21 October 2021