The upgrade to the main street in Wauchope was formally opened by Mayor Peta Pinson on the 22 November 2019. The objective of upgrading this central part of Wauchope is to encourage more 'feet on the street' and to create a safer, pedestrian friendly CBD.
The main street in Wauchope's CBD, now provides a more attractive streetscape, with landscaping and footpath refurbishments to enhance the character of the town, provision of space for outdoor dining, and street planting with trees to provide more shade.
The upgrade also included the relocation of the High Street pedestrian crossing, a new pedestrian crossing, intersection improvements and reversing the one-way traffic flow of Oxley Lane (off High Street) to make use of the car parking areas off the main street.
A Wauchope Main Street Plan was developed through a range of conversations with the local community led by an independent consultant in 2015, and references other Council plans such as:
- Port Macquarie-Hastings Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan 2015
- Port Macquarie-Hastings Bike Plan 2015
- Wauchope Traffic Management Strategy 2014
- Wauchope Framework Plan 2009
The Plan identified ways that High Street and associated intersections could be refreshed and improved so that walking and cycling trips are convenient, pleasant and safe and the character of the town and landscape is enhanced and respected. The work involved an upgrade to the main street between Cameron and Hastings streets, including:
- Increased pedestrian safety by relocating High Street pedestrian crossings and designing intersection improvements
- Reversing the direction of one way traffic on Oxley Lane, which will encourage the use of additional parking off High Street and improve intersection safety.
- Increased footpath widths, addition of street seating and provision of space for outdoor dining.
- Provision of 15 minute parking and disabled parking on High Street.
- Street planting to create attractive, vibrant foliage displays with trees providing shade during summer and allowing sunshine in winter.
The project budget was $2.686 million and jointly funded by the NSW Government and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
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This page was last updated on: 10 December 2019