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Health and Education Precinct Master Plan


Council have been developing a Master Plan for the Health and Education Precinct since May 2018. A final version has now been completed and was adopted at the September 2019 Ordinary Council meeting. The Health and Education Precinct is located in an area bounded by John Oxley Drive to the west, Lake Road to the north, the industrial area and Lake Innes Nature Reserve to the east, and the southern boundary of St Columba Anglican School.  A key strategy in formulating this master plan was to engage early, and deeply, with key business and institution stakeholders in the precinct. The Master Plan has been developed through an extended process of engagement including an Enquiry by Design, on site engagement pop-ups and community workshops.


Planning for the future of the Port Macquarie Health and Education Precinct (the HEP) is part of our wider vision for a thriving regional city. The growth of the health and education sectors presents an opportunity to increase the number of young people in the community, provide economic diversification, increase labour force participation and build on Port Macquarie’s growing status as a regional city.


The Port Macquarie region is experiencing strong growth in its population, with a predicted 9.3% growth in the local health sector.  The Education, Health Care and Social Assistance sectors are projected to have the highest rate of jobs growth for the Mid North Coast to 2022.


The HEP is a key part of Port Macquarie’s future growth.  The aim is to transform the precinct into to a centre of excellence for education, training and health.  The precinct will help position Port Macquarie as an increasingly competitive destination for university students, health care professionals and the broader community.  Key to success is encouraging appropriate development that will support and foster a range of learning models and health-related services within an accessible, high amenity and attractive public realm.


The Precinct will be a vibrant and innovative centre of excellence, connected locally and to the world.  It will have the capacity to evolve and the flexibility to adapt as the region changes.


A vibrant and well-connected health and education precinct will be integral to the long-term success of Port Macquarie and the community.

This page was last updated on: 09 October 2019