The opportunity exists now for delivery of the vision for a Health and Education Precinct that will help position Port Macquarie as an increasingly competitive destination for university students, health care professionals and the broader community.
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 growth of the health and education sectors presents an exciting 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.
Planning for the future of Health and Education is part of Council’s wider vision for a thriving regional city and a strategic focus in Council’s Urban Growth Management Strategy. Council has developed a Master Plan for the Port Macquarie Health and Education Precinct as a key element of planning for Port Macquarie’s future growth. The aim is to transform the precinct into a centre of excellence for education, training and health. The Precinct will be a vibrant and innovative centre of excellence, connected locally and to the world, while providing activated amenity, space and service to the community. It will have the capacity to evolve, and the flexibility to adapt as the region changes.
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. The Health and Education Precinct Master Plan has been developed through an extended process of engagement including an Enquiry by Design, on site engagement pop-ups and community workshops.
A vibrant and well-connected health and education precinct will be integral to the long-term success of Port Macquarie and the 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.
Following the adoption of the Master Plan by Council at its September 2019 Ordinary meeting, Council has now commenced working with key project stakeholders to undertake detailed project planning, including ongoing community and stakeholder consultation, which is required to achieve the vision for this area and deliver the best outcome for the community.
For further details or discussion on the Health and Education Precinct please contact Kieran Metcalfe on (02) 65818529 or email Kieran.Metcalfe@pmhc.nsw.gov.au
This page was last updated on: 09 January 2020