With the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area (LGA) population expected to rise from 80,000 to 100,000 within the next 20 years, future transport planning is key. Traffic growth in Port Macquarie needs to be managed to ensure a safe and functional road network as a number of existing roads have limited capacity to cater for future traffic growth.
Proposed Orbital Road Project
In 2016, Council commissioned the ‘Port Macquarie Outer Orbital Link Road Corridor Engineering Feasibility Investigation’, which included a preliminary environmental review, strategic concept designs and multi-criteria constraints analysis to analyse various route options for an Orbital Road, cost analysis of the routes and engagement with Roads and Maritime Service. Building on the findings of this investigation, an Area Wide Traffic Study was undertaken to analyse predicted traffic patterns over the next 20 years.
The findings from this investigation led to a resolution in the November 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting to progress the investigations for a proposed Orbital Road solution.
Following Council’s decision to progress investigations into route options, Council began engaging with property owners, residents, and business owners within the Orbital Road investigation area, along with the greater community, to seek feedback on the final route option development. 21,000 Community members supplied feedback received through numerous engagement activities, which formed a report.
At the June 2019 Ordinary Council Meetings, the community feedback was noted, and Council supported the idea that the community concerns regarding future traffic congestions needed to be addressed, but strongly opposed to the proposed Orbital Road as the preferred viable route. Council resolved to develop a Strategic Business Case to assess options to improve accessibility, connectivity and road safety for the Port Macquarie Transport Network which is now part of Council’s future planning for an integrated transport network.
Council also noted the strategic importance of a flood-free Primary Airport Access Road and decided that planning for this link (included as part of the Orbital engagement to date), would be progressed as a separate project in consultation with the Transport for NSW and the community, from this point forward.
At the February 2021 Ordinary Council Meeting, it was resolved to remove the realignment of Fernhill Road and any further investigations into the alignment of Fernhill Rd for all Proposed Primary Airport Access Road intersection options with the Oxley Highway. 2.A
More information is available on Transport Network Strategic Business Case.
Port Macquarie Transport Network Community Consultative Committee
In November 2019 Ordinary Council meeting, it was resolved to form the Port Macquarie Transport Network Community Consultative Committee (PMTNCCC). It was established to provide a forum for discussion between Council and the community on issues directly relating to the investigation of proposed Orbital Road options, planned network improvements and upgrades to the existing Port Macquarie road network, through the development of the Strategic Business Case.
For all the committee meeting minutes visit our Meeting Agendas & Minutes page.
This page was last updated on: 05 March 2021