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Shoal Bay car park, Government Road

Expected start monthExpected completion monthStatusBudgetContribution
TBCTBCScheduled$1.3M100 percent external funding

Project description

The Government Road car park has been 100% funded by the Crown Reserve.

Please note that this project requires further statutory approvals and has delayed the start of the project.

Once approvals are in place, this project will provide a significant increase in parking spaces (approx. 105 parking spaces) for the area through careful design of the parking and traffic flow areas. This area will be paid parking via ticketed meters with entry and exit to remain via Government Road.

We will be incorporating stormwater storage solutions to contain excess rainwater, reducing the risk of flooding in the area. Additionally, we are introducing rain gardens to enhance the water quality of the runoff from the parking lot.

The shared path will be realigned to move through the centre of the car park.

The project is expected to take 12 weeks to complete, weather and ground conditions permitting.


The trees in the car park are predominately coral trees that are poisonous and classified as a weed. It’s proposed that these will be removed as part of the works.

We will work to minimise the impact on mature Eucalyptus trees, however, it’s highly likely that some tree removal will be required to facilitate the optimal parking layout.

We will do some replanting with mature Tuckeroo species which is native to eastern and northern Australia and suited to habitats on or near sand and estuaries.

Government Road car park upgrade will have Park Free Permits available for residents and businesses of Port Stephens. If you haven’t got your park free permit yet, sign up online at

The revenue from the introduction of Smart Parking in Shoal Bay will add an additional $415,000 per annum to help deliver public space and traffic safety improvements in Shoal Bay.

Those with a business permit will be able to park for longer periods with allocated parking marked by a blue line.

The Mobile Library parking space will permanently relocate to Messines Street (near the tennis courts) to allow for additional parking spaces.