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Port Stephens Council regularly applies for funding from State and Federal Government for funding of projects, particularly works on roads for which it is responsible. Each year, Council is successful with some grant applications and these funds are usually required to be expended in the year of their release.

Council is able to apply to a variety of programs including:

  • Black Spot Program
  • Building Better Regions Fund
  • Community Road Safety Grants Program
  • Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant Scheme (CPTIGS)
  • Fixing Country Roads
  • National Stronger Regions Fund
  • NSW Active Transport Program
  • NSW Government Saving Lives on Country Roads
  • Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP)
  • Regional Development Australia Fund
  • Regional Roads REPAIR Program
  • Roads to Recovery Program
  • Safer Roads Program

To apply for Black Spot funding, Council analyses data provided by NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Council's own collected information about incidents involving road users that resulted in injuries or fatalities at locations within Council's local government area. Council then submits a proposal aimed at improving safety for road users. This proposal is reviewed by RMS as well as Council's Local Traffic Committee to ensure treatments are correct for the location.

Council also undertakes a significant amount of resealing and road maintenance on contract for RMS for other roads in the region. In 2017/18, this includes approximately $2.3M of work.

In 2018/2019 to date, Council has received funding worth $3.9M for projects which include:

  • Clarencetown Road, Seaham (Federal Black Spot)
  • Hinton Road, Nelson Plains (Federal Block Spot)
  • Paterson Road, Duns Creek (Federal Black Spot)
  • Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay (State Black Spot)
  • Foreshore Drive Salamander Bay (State Black Spot)
  • Lemon Tree Passage Road roundabout, Tanilba Bay (State Black Spot)
  • Gan Gan Road, One Mile (NSW Government Saving Lives on Country Roads)
  • Lemon Tree Passage Road, Tanilba Bay (NSW Government Saving Lives on Country Roads)
  • Bus stop and bus shelter improvements (CPTIGS)
  • Holdom Road, Karuah (Roads to Recovery)
  • Church Street, Nelson Bay (Roads to Recovery)
  • Medowie Road, Medowie (Regional Roads Repair grant)
  • Clarencetown Road, Glen Oak (Regional Roads Repair grant)
  • Fingal Link Road investigation (state funded)

In 2017/2018, Council has received funding worth $2.7M for projects which include:

  • Lemon Tree Passage Rd Roundabout, Tanilba Bay (NSW Safer Roads Program)
  • Pedestrian Infrastructure Around Schools grant
  • Bus Stop and Bus Shelter improvements (CPTIGS)
  • Tomaree Road reconstruction (Roads to Recovery)
  • Medowie Road rehablitations (Regional Roads Repair grant)

In 2016/2017, Council received funding worth $3.1M for projects which included:

  • Salamander Way, Salamander Bay (Federal Black Spot)
  • Shoal Bay – Government Rd roadworks including traffic lights (Federal Black Spot)
  • Clarencetown Rd, Glen Oak (Federal Black Spot)
  • Lemon Tree Passage Rd, Tanilba Bay (NSW Safer Roads Program)
  • Pedestrian footpath ramps (Transport for NSW Walking and Cycling Program)
  • Bus stop and bus shelter improvements (CPTIGS)

Previous and upcoming successful grants can be found on the Federal Government's website http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/ where you can search for projects in Port Stephens.