The Proposed Port Macquarie Orbital Road

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The proposed Orbital Road consists of the collective East-West Link (Ocean Drive to Oxley Highway), the North-South Link (Oxley Highway to Boundary Street) and the flood-free Primary Airport Access Road. It is a new approach to improving the road network in and around Port Macquarie. It will improve connectivity to key destinations including the Health and Education Precinct, the Airport and the Regional Sports Stadium and alleviate traffic congestion.

The most viable route has been identified from an engineering perspective, however as the project is in the very early stages of development, the approval process is yet to begin and the final route is yet to be determined. Comprehensive technical and environmental investigations will be required before the final route is confirmed.

Council is committed to engaging with our community on this important project so we can make the best possible decisions based on the interests and concerns of our community. Over the past months we have invited feedback from the community via a range of methods including submissions, surveys, meetings and information sessions.

The initial consultation period for the Orbital Road project has now concluded. All submissions, surveys and feedback received to date will now be collated and analysed for inclusion in an engagement report which will be presented to Council in June, for a decision to determine the next stage of the project.

For more information please refer to:

Fact Sheets:

or reference the document library to the right (or below if on a mobile device).


Get latest news and updates


The proposed Orbital Road consists of the collective East-West Link (Ocean Drive to Oxley Highway), the North-South Link (Oxley Highway to Boundary Street) and the flood-free Primary Airport Access Road. It is a new approach to improving the road network in and around Port Macquarie. It will improve connectivity to key destinations including the Health and Education Precinct, the Airport and the Regional Sports Stadium and alleviate traffic congestion.

The most viable route has been identified from an engineering perspective, however as the project is in the very early stages of development, the approval process is yet to begin and the final route is yet to be determined. Comprehensive technical and environmental investigations will be required before the final route is confirmed.

Council is committed to engaging with our community on this important project so we can make the best possible decisions based on the interests and concerns of our community. Over the past months we have invited feedback from the community via a range of methods including submissions, surveys, meetings and information sessions.

The initial consultation period for the Orbital Road project has now concluded. All submissions, surveys and feedback received to date will now be collated and analysed for inclusion in an engagement report which will be presented to Council in June, for a decision to determine the next stage of the project.

For more information please refer to:

Fact Sheets:

or reference the document library to the right (or below if on a mobile device).


  • 10 April 2019

    about 1 month ago

    This week the Mayor’s Message informs that the submission period has closed. The feedback and submissions will now be collated and analysed. A report will be presented to the Council in June 2019.

    This week the Mayor’s Message informs that the submission period has closed. The feedback and submissions will now be collated and analysed. A report will be presented to the Council in June 2019.

  • 30 March 2019

    about 2 months ago

    The initial consultation period for the Orbital Road project has now concluded. All submissions, surveys and feedback received to date will now be collated and analysed for inclusion in an engagement report which will be presented to Council in June, for a decision to determine the next stage of the project.

    The initial consultation period for the Orbital Road project has now concluded. All submissions, surveys and feedback received to date will now be collated and analysed for inclusion in an engagement report which will be presented to Council in June, for a decision to determine the next stage of the project.

  • 25 March 2019

    about 2 months ago

    This week the Mayor’s Message encourages everyone to share their thoughts on the project before submissions close by Saturday 30 March 2019.

    This week the Mayor’s Message encourages everyone to share their thoughts on the project before submissions close by Saturday 30 March 2019.

  • 13 March 2019

    2 months ago

    Council is continuing to engage with the community and will be having 4 more pop-up stands on:

    • Wednesday 13 March, 11am – 2pm in Port Central (outside Prouds)
    • Thursday 14 March, 3.30pm – 5pm in Settlement City (opposite Mr Minute)
    • Sunday 17 March at Laurieton Riverwalk Market
    • Tuesday 19 March, 3.30pm – 6pm at Lake Cathie ShoppingCentre (outside Woolworths)

    We encourage you to complete the survey or lodge a submission directly through the surveys available under the SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS tab. Hard copies of the survey and submission form will also be available at our pop-up stands.

    Submissions will be...

    Council is continuing to engage with the community and will be having 4 more pop-up stands on:

    • Wednesday 13 March, 11am – 2pm in Port Central (outside Prouds)
    • Thursday 14 March, 3.30pm – 5pm in Settlement City (opposite Mr Minute)
    • Sunday 17 March at Laurieton Riverwalk Market
    • Tuesday 19 March, 3.30pm – 6pm at Lake Cathie ShoppingCentre (outside Woolworths)

    We encourage you to complete the survey or lodge a submission directly through the surveys available under the SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS tab. Hard copies of the survey and submission form will also be available at our pop-up stands.

    Submissions will be received until 30 March 2019.


  • 7 March 2019

    2 months ago

    This week the Deputy Mayor’s Message provides an update on the proposed Orbital Road and encourages everyone to come along to our drop-in sessions and to complete the survey until 30 March 2019.

    This week the Deputy Mayor’s Message provides an update on the proposed Orbital Road and encourages everyone to come along to our drop-in sessions and to complete the survey until 30 March 2019.

  • 1 March 2019

    3 months ago

    In response to feedback we have received this week through stakeholder meetings and engagement we have added additional information including:

    - Proposed Orbital Road Presentation
    - Proposed Orbital Road Information Posters
    - Proposed Orbital Road Information Posters - zoomed maps
    - Area Wide Traffic Study - 4 volumes

    The documents are now available in the Document Library to the right (or below if on a mobile device).

    In response to feedback we have received this week through stakeholder meetings and engagement we have added additional information including:

    - Proposed Orbital Road Presentation
    - Proposed Orbital Road Information Posters
    - Proposed Orbital Road Information Posters - zoomed maps
    - Area Wide Traffic Study - 4 volumes

    The documents are now available in the Document Library to the right (or below if on a mobile device).

  • 27 February 2019

    3 months ago

    In response to feedback received from the community Council has developed following fact sheets which are now available in the Document Library to the right (or below if on a mobile device):

    - Identifying a corridor for the Orbital Road
    - Corridor Protection for Future Road Infrastructure
    - Environmental Considerations for the Proposed Orbital Road

    Council also encourages you to come along and share your views on the project, ask questions and hear directly from the project team. Council will be holding six public community information sessions in early March. The details of these sessions are:

    In response to feedback received from the community Council has developed following fact sheets which are now available in the Document Library to the right (or below if on a mobile device):

    - Identifying a corridor for the Orbital Road
    - Corridor Protection for Future Road Infrastructure
    - Environmental Considerations for the Proposed Orbital Road

    Council also encourages you to come along and share your views on the project, ask questions and hear directly from the project team. Council will be holding six public community information sessions in early March. The details of these sessions are:

    • Session 1 – Saturday 2 March, 11am – 2pm - Westport Club – Hastings Room
    • Session 2 – Tuesday 5 March, 11am – 2pm - Emerald Downs Community Centre
    • Session 3 – Tuesday 5 March, 5:30pm – 8:30pm - Westport Club – Hastings Room
    • Session 4 – Saturday 9 March, 11am – 2pm - Emerald Downs Community Centre
    • Session 5 – Tuesday 12 March, 11am – 2pm - Westport Club – Hastings Room
    • Session 6 – Tuesday 12 March, 5:30pm – 8:30pm - Westport Club – Hastings Room
  • 19 December 2018 Update

    5 months ago

    In response to feedback received from the community Council has developed an updated Frequently Asked Questions information sheet and a project brochure. The documents have been delivered to residents in the investigation area and can be downloaded from the Document Library (to the right).

    Council encourages you to continue to provide feedback on the project.

    We will be in touch early in the New Year to provide more information on the next steps in the engagement process.


    In response to feedback received from the community Council has developed an updated Frequently Asked Questions information sheet and a project brochure. The documents have been delivered to residents in the investigation area and can be downloaded from the Document Library (to the right).

    Council encourages you to continue to provide feedback on the project.

    We will be in touch early in the New Year to provide more information on the next steps in the engagement process.


  • 17 December 2018 Update

    5 months ago

    This week the Mayor’s Message talks to the proposed Orbital Road.


    This week the Mayor’s Message talks to the proposed Orbital Road.


  • 12 December 2018 Update

    5 months ago

    Council thanks all community members who have provided feedback on the project to date. In addition to collating and reviewing this feedback, staff have been meeting with residents within the proposed Orbital Road investigation area over the past two weeks. We have also received a range of questions from the community about the proposed Road.

    We are working hard to provide residents with further information on the project in response to some of the matters being raised. In particular, more detail around how we got to this point in identifying the investigation area and also what the process and time frames are from here.

    We will have an updated Frequently Asked Questions information sheet available over the coming days which will be posted on this site and delivered to residents within the investigation area.

    In the meantime, please view the video message from Mayor Peta Pinson – to the right of this message (or below if on a mobile device).


    Council thanks all community members who have provided feedback on the project to date. In addition to collating and reviewing this feedback, staff have been meeting with residents within the proposed Orbital Road investigation area over the past two weeks. We have also received a range of questions from the community about the proposed Road.

    We are working hard to provide residents with further information on the project in response to some of the matters being raised. In particular, more detail around how we got to this point in identifying the investigation area and also what the process and time frames are from here.

    We will have an updated Frequently Asked Questions information sheet available over the coming days which will be posted on this site and delivered to residents within the investigation area.

    In the meantime, please view the video message from Mayor Peta Pinson – to the right of this message (or below if on a mobile device).