Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has received $805,000 in Active Transport funding for pedestrian safety and connectivity works.

Safer access: Grant funding will help improve pedestrian safety at the busy Horton-Hayward Street intersection in Port Macquarie.
Safer access: Grant funding will help improve pedestrian safety at the busy Horton-Hayward Street intersection in Port Macquarie.

Pedestrian safety will be boosted in Wauchope after Port Macquarie-Hastings Council received $805,000 in NSW government Active Transport grants for project works across the Hastings this financial year.

In the Port Macquarie CBD, a pedestrian refuge approved in council's 2019-2020 operational plan will be constructed on Hayward Street, west of Horton Street. Council has received a grant of $125,000 toward the project.

A further $30,000 has been granted toward the construction of 17 kerb ramps at 12 locations in Port Macquarie and Wauchope.

To the south at Camden Haven, $400,000 has been granted for the construction of a section of the Schools to Schools shared path between Brotherglen Drive to Sirius Drive in Lakewood, including a mid-block pedestrian refuge.

The Schools to Schools project aims to encourage cycling participation by improving connectivity along this critical corridor, particularly for residents accessing schools and retail centres.

Funding of $150,000 has also been allocated to construct a pedestrian crossing associated with the proposed Schools to Schools path at Ocean Drive at Fairwinds Ave and Ocean Drive at St Albans Way in Lakewood.

An additional $100,000 will go towards the construction of pedestrian refuges, kerb extensions and kerb ramps at the intersection of Lake St and Seymour St, Laurieton. The project will improve pedestrian safety and walkability at this key town centre location.

"In this year's State Budget, five local projects were funded which will extend the existing footpath network particularly in the Camden Haven as well as in Port Macquarie," Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said.

"It is vitally important that local residents are able to walk safely in our community and I am very pleased these grants have been approved for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to carry out these much needed works."

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