Delivering on commitment to improve Port Stephens roads

Deputy Mayor Leah Anderson visited the road rehabilitation works at Tomaree Road Shoal Bay today, acknowledging its completion.

The upgrade to Tomaree Road is funded by the NSW Government’s commitment of $10M over 3 years to improve roads around Port Stephens.

Deputy Mayor Cr Anderson said improving the road network is a high priority for Council and the community.

“Over the last few years, our Community Satisfaction Survey has told us our roads are the biggest area we need to work on. While we can prioritise resources to make improvements, it's external funding that makes the biggest impact,” Cr Anderson said.

“Thanks to this $10 million commitment, Tomaree Road has been completely rehabilitated, with new kerb and gutters, road pavement reconstruction and minor drainage repairs – it looks fantastic.

“Not only that, the project has allowed for further improvements, including kerb ramps that will form part of a footpath on the western side of Tomaree Road in the future.

“This is only the beginning – the community would have already seen improvements to Italia Road, East Seaham, Swan Bay Road, Swan Bay and Rookes Road, Salt Ash as part of this commitment. Coming up next is Beach Road, Nelson Bay.

“A high-quality road network reduces congestion and helps improve connections by allowing our community to move around Port Stephens more easily,” Cr Anderson added.

Director Facilities and Infrastructure Greg Kable said the full list of roads to benefit from this commitment went through an assessment process.

“These roads are considered our worst roads – based on the condition of the pavement, how they’re used and the feedback we’ve received from the community,” Mr Kable said.

“We’re making the most of the funding and have selected roads from right across Port Stephens – with works intending to reduce ongoing maintenance costs and improve road safety where possible,” he added.

The roads selected for rehabilitation thanks to this commitment include:

  • Fairlands Road, Medowie
  • Rookes Road, Salt Ash
  • Swan Bay Road, Swan Bay
  • Avenue of the Allies, Tanilba Bay
  • Tomaree Road, Shoal Bay
  • Beach Road, Nelson Bay
  • Short Street, Fingal Bay
  • Trevally Street, Nelson Bay
  • Italia Road, East Seaham
  • East Seaham Road, East Seaham

To read more about Council’s road maintenance program visit