Wauchope and Kew to get federal funds to improve safety and functionality

Member for Lyne David Gillespie
Member for Lyne David Gillespie

Additional road safety measures being undertaken as part of a federally-funded road blackspot project will complement the High Street beautification works currently underway in the Wauchope Central Business District.

Through the week I announced further safety improvements to Bago Road, south of Wauchope, as part of the federal Road Blackspots program.

There is quite a bit of work being undertaken at the moment in both making High Street more pedestrian-friendly and improving the overall safety of Bago Road, and this latest funding injection will certainly assist Port Macquarie-Hastings Council with both projects.

I was delighted council allocated some of the federal funding it receives through the Roads to Recovery program towards the recent upgrade of Bago Road, and this latest funding will certainly help achieve council’s objective in making the route safer for local motorists.

Details of the project include:

  • Bago Road between Greggs Road and Lookout Road at Bago: $200,000 to install profile (audio-tactile) edge line, profile (audio-tactile) centre line, curve alignment Markers (CAMs), and vehicle activated signs (VAS);
  • Intersection of High Street and Hastings Street at Wauchope: $100,000 to install kerb blisters, reduce speed limit by 10 km/h, move stop or give-way lines forward using kerb extensions

This week I also announced $800,000 in federal funding towards the $1.6 million upgrade of the Kew Main Street. The project aims to provide improvements to beautification, parking and functionality in accordance with the council's Kew Main Street Plan (2010) and the Revised Masterplan (2018), developed in consultation with the local community and Kew Business Group.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Urban Growth Management Plan identifies population growth in the Kew area will be strong, impacted by growing population areas to the west in Kendall and the Lorne Valley, and from additional land to the east zoned for residential purposes, only 800 metres from the main Kew town centre. Kew is the southern gateway to the Camden Haven and a gateway for many tourists travelling west to the picturesque hinterland of Comboyne and beyond.