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Who owns the roads in Port Macquarie-Hastings

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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 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. There are two State roads in our LGA -The Pacific Highway and the Oxley Highway. Traffic management and maintenance of the Oxley Highway including the intersections of the Pacific Highway, Wrights Road/John Oxley Drive roundabout and Lake Road/Sherwood Road roundabout is the responsibility of the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).


  • Regional roads
    These 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 Council. These include some very busy roads, such as Lake Road, William Street, John Oxley Drive, Park Street and Clifton Drive, to roads with only a few vehicle movements per day. 

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. At a working level, staff regularly engage with the RMS on road network planning via various means including our Regional Transport Infrastructure Steering Group and Local Traffic Committee – both of which include RMS representatives.

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.

This page was last updated on: 19 August 2019