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Who owns the roads in Port Macquarie-Hastings

Cars travelling on local road

There are more than 1,400 roads within the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) Local Government Area (LGA), covering more than 1,300km. These range from single lane unsealed roads servicing very few rural properties in our hinterland, through to high traffic arterial roads which carry more than 25,000 vehicle movements per day.

In our region there are three categories of roads:

State roads

These are owned and managed by the NSW State Government. This means that traffic management and maintenance is managed by Transport for NSW (Roads and Maritime Services).

There are two State roads in the Port Macquarie-Hastings government area:

  • Pacific Highway, including related intersections -
    • Houston Mitchell Drive/Pacific Highway
    • Oxley Highway/Pacific Highway
  • Oxley Highway, including related intersections -
    • King Creek Road/Oxley Highway
    • Pacific Highway/Oxley Highway
    • Wrights Road/John Oxley Drive roundabout
    • Sherwood Road/Lake Road roundabout

Regional roads

These regional roads are owned and managed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council with some funding support from the NSW Government.

These roads represent approximately 80km of our network and include Ocean Drive, Hastings River Drive, Kendall Road and Comboyne Road.

Local roads

All other roads are  local roads owned and managed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council498KB pdf(PDF, 498KB) .

These include some very busy roads, such as Lake Road, William Street, John Oxley Drive, Park Street and Clifton Drive, through to sealed and unsealed roads which may service only a few properties and a handful of vehicle movements per day. 

Planning and managing our network of roads

We work with NSW Government on our road network planning where there may be State Government road ownership, to ensure we have a safe, sustainable and efficient road system across our Local Government Area.

We also undertaken comprehensive planning and maintenance on our regional and local road network to ensure we are managing the day-to-day requirements of maintenance, while forward-planning for the future road network.

At a working level, staff regularly engage with Transport for NSW on road network planning via various means including through the Local Traffic Committee – which includes representatives from Transport for NSW, local Members of Parliament, Councillors and Council, the local Police, as well as local public transport operators for the bus and taxi networks.

To ensure the best outcomes for our community, Councillors and senior Council staff regularly engage with our local Members (both State and Federal) and the Roads Minister to advocate for improvements to the Oxley Highway, the Pacific Highway and related local intersections for the current and future benefit of our growing community.

Who to contact regarding a State road?

We do maintain regular contact with Transport for NSW regarding State roads within our local government area.

Where members of the community wish to seek clarification or further information regarding State roads, we encourage you to contact them directly. 

Visit Transport for NSW's website for more information, or you can contact their regional office on 02 6640 1300 or send an email to grafton.regional.office@rms.nsw.gov.au.

This page was last updated on: 08 April 2021