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Local roads receive funding boost in Port Stephens

30 January 2024

The NSW State Government has committed $10 million over 3 years to repair and rehabilitate local roads in Port Stephens.

This funding delivers a key 2023 NSW State election commitment to make sure the people of Port Stephens have safe, high quality roads.

Deputy Mayor Cr Anderson welcomed the commitment and said improving our road networks 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 to work on. We’ve prioritised resources to start making improvements,” Cr Anderson said.

“This $10 million commitment will enable us to allocate additional resources to deliver upgrades to local roads that we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to deliver. The community will see noticeable differences to key road networks over the next 2 financial years.

“A high-quality road network not only increases safety, it reduces congestion and helps improve connections by allowing the community to move around Port Stephens more effectively,” Cr Anderson added.

The funding will be allocated to the pavement rehabilitation of 10 roads including Tomaree Road at Shoal Bay Fairlands Road at Medowie and road widening and sealing of East Seaham Road at East Seaham. 

Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington said she’s pleased to see the 2023 NSW State Election commitment being delivered.

“Roads are deteriorating and we know local governments need assistance to address road maintenance backlogs,” Ms Washington said.

“I'm proud to be part of a government that's delivering the funds needed to fix local roads across the state.

“For Port Stephens, we've delivered $10 million through the Regional Roads Fund so Port Stephens Council can get on with the job of fixing local roads like Tomaree Road, which desperately need repair.

“I look forward to seeing the successful delivery of many local road projects and the benefits it will bring to the community,” Ms Washington added.

Council has prioritised improving road maintenance with an additional $3 million allocated to road maintenance and urgent repair works and redeployed resources to manage contractor crews, increasing the number of potholes and road maintenance that can occur.

To read more about Council’s road maintenance program visit pscouncil.info/road-maintenance.