Nelson Bay CBD

ProjectExpected start monthExpected completion monthStatusBudgetContribution
CBD worksApril 2023June 2023ScheduledTBC 
Removal of Victoria Parade pedestrian bridge (stages 2 & 3)December 2022June 2023Scheduled$340kPSC funding 100 
High Pedestrian Activity Area Improvements (Town Centre)April 2023May 2023Scheduled$440kGrant funded
High Pedestrian Activity Area Improvements (Beach Road and Victoria Parade)April 2023May 2023Scheduled $350kGrant funded

Latest update

24 January 2023

Council is currently designing proposed changes to the road environment in the Nelson Bay town centre.

The proposed changes include:

  • Improving roundabout approaches to lower entry and exit speeds at both the Government Road and Church Street and Stockton and Dowling Street roundabouts
  • Changing parts of the existing 50km/hr zones to 40km/hr zones which is a high pedestrian activity area
  • Extending the existing 10km shared zone on Magnus Street to include the Magnus and Yacaaba Street intersection
  • Improving pedestrian crossing areas at the Woolworths intersection (Stockton and Donald Streets

These proposed changes have been funded by the Australian Government’s Black Spot funding and have been assessed by the Local Traffic Committee which is made up of representatives from Port Stephens Highway Patrol, Transport for New South Wales, Local Members of NSW Parliament — Member for Port Stephens and Member for Newcastle, Councillors and Bus companies. The construction period for these works is scheduled to begin in April 2023 (following the school holidays).

For more information about these changes, please see the signpost and line marking plan here.

  • Read the latest project update flyer here
  • Read the latest media release here

Project description

The removal of the bridge is consistent with the longer term vision of the Nelson Bay town centre as described in the Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan adopted in 2019. The rectification works will be undertaken using Infrastructure Contributions from developers.

As part of our maintenance program, structural issues were identified earlier this year and the bridge was removed in April for further assessment. The examination of the bridge outlined extensive improvements would be required to meet current building codes and ensure the safety of pedestrians and traffic. The costs associated with these repairs are significant and based on the assessment would only be a short term fix. Council is now bringing forward the permanent removal of the pedestrian bridge. Works on the remaining components of the bridge will begin in November with an aim to complete as much work as possible prior to the busy summer holiday period.

Phase 1 – Removal

The pedestrian bridge was removed on 27 April 2022.

Phase 2 – Engineering Inspection

Both the bridge and support structure has been inspected and has been removed indefinitely.

Phase 3 – Demolition

Pending weather conditions, demolition of the Apex Park side will be complete prior to Christmas. We will be doing the remaining removal works on the shop side of Apex Park after the busy summer holiday period.