Clarence and Murray Street Intersection

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A significant upgrade to the Clarence and Murray Sts intersection is complete and already the benefits are being enjoyed by pedestrians and vehicle users.

As part of the Town Centre Master Plan the upgrade to the Clarence and Murray intersection which started in May 2015, has resulted in a more user-friendly space that encourages pedestrian activity. Footpaths and kerb and gutter have been updated to improve access and amenity, trees have been replaced and lighting has been upgraded. The works have created a much more attractive space in the heart of the CBD and the project was completed ahead of

A significant upgrade to the Clarence and Murray Sts intersection is complete and already the benefits are being enjoyed by pedestrians and vehicle users.

As part of the Town Centre Master Plan the upgrade to the Clarence and Murray intersection which started in May 2015, has resulted in a more user-friendly space that encourages pedestrian activity. Footpaths and kerb and gutter have been updated to improve access and amenity, trees have been replaced and lighting has been upgraded. The works have created a much more attractive space in the heart of the CBD and the project was completed ahead of time and under budget.


The project was planned to occur in 2 stages.

Stage 1.

  • Remove 4 pine trees, 1 Boxbrush in Clarence Street and Cocos palms on the corner of Clarence and Murray Streets.
  • Upgrade sewer, stormwater and water mains at intersection
  • Divert overhead power to underground.
  • Upgrade footpaths and kerb and gutter to improve access and amenity.
  • Improve street and intersection lighting.
Stage 2.
  • Change the existing ‘nose in angled parking’ to centre parking, in line with existing parking west of this section of road.
  • Create a new intersection at Clarence and Murray Street providing a safer pedestrian crossing and traffic calming
  • Renew road pavement.
  • Reinstate planting including 4 young established pine and 1 Boxbrush tree
  • Install heritage marking across Clarence Street indicating the presence of the historical
  • barrel drain.
The project was delivered by Council's Infrastructure Delivery section, and the majority of the work was completed by internal Council construction crews with some assistance from expert local subcontractors.

The estimated cost of the project was just under $2.4 million and the project came in well under budget and more than a month ahead of schedule. The project was funded entirely through the TCMP (Town Centre Master Plan) budget, which includes funding from a special business rate paid by CBD property owners.

Council adopted a different approach by fully closing the intersection to all vehicles which allowed the intersection to be poured most efficiently and effectively. Council undertook extensive community engagement throughout the work to keep everyone informed about what was happening. The half Ironman event, Tastings on Hastings and school holidays were all successfully accommodated during the construction period.

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  • Clarence Street and Murray Street Intersection Closure

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    The intersection of Clarence St and Murray St within the Port Macquarie CBD will be closed to traffic from Tuesday 15 September for a period of about 10 weeks. This closure is necessary as part of the streetscape improvement works underway within the CBD.

    Traffic detours will be in place during this time to divert traffic along William Street, and access to the northern side of Murray Street (on the river side) will be via Hay Street and Sunset Parade.
    Council urges the community to be aware of the changed traffic conditions, as lane closures and traffic movements may change as work progresses.

    Some bus routes will also be impacted, with detours in place and a temporary bus stop will be erected in William Street near the Mercure Hotel. For information on the bus services that will be affected please contact Busways on 6583 2499 or visit www.busways.com.au.

    Improved pedestrian safety through the upgrading of footpaths and lighting, the creation of centre parking and a safer intersection with slowing traffic are key benefits the project will deliver to the community.

    Council urges motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution and to follow directional signage to ensure their personal safety.