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Who owns the roads in Port Macquarie-Hastings

Cars travelling on local road

There are more than 1400 roads within the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) Local Government Area (LGA), covering more than 1300km. These include single lane unsealed roads servicing very few rural properties to high traffic arterial roads with more than 15,000 vehicle movements per day.

In our region there are three categories of roads:

  • Federal roads
    These are owned and managed by the Federal Australian Government. The Pacific Highway is a federal road.
  • State roads
    These are owned and managed by the NSW State Government. These include the Oxley Highway and Ocean Drive.
  • Regional and local roads
    These are owned and managed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. 

Both Council and the NSW Government work together on our road network planning to ensure we have a safe, sustainable and efficient road system across our Local Government Area.

The Oxley Highway is a State road and the traffic management and maintenance of this road at the intersections of the Pacific Highway, Wrights Road roundabout and Lake Road roundabout is the responsibility of the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

To try and ensure the best outcomes for our community, Councillors and Senior Staff engage regularly with our local Members (both State and Federal) and the Roads Minister to advocate for improvements to the Oxley Highway and these intersections for our growing community.

In addition, at a working level, staff engage with the RMS on road network planning via our Regional Transport Infrastructure Steering Group and Local Traffic Committee – both of which include RMS representatives.

For more information contact Council on (02) 6581 8111. 


This page was last updated on: 02 July 2019