More jobs, increased affordable housing, a vibrant waterfront, improved transport network and green spaces for koalas are some of the key objectives in a future plan for Port Macquarie.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes released the final Port Macquarie Regional City Action Plan which will guide and shape the coastal city’s growth until 2036.
“We know that housing affordability is a key issue affecting our regional cities, which is why we’ve included actions to ensure a steady supply and mix of homes to cater for future population growth,” Mr Stokes said.
“Over the next 15 years, an additional 11,600 people are expected to call Port Macquarie home, requiring more than 7,450 homes.
“The plan will also help the council map out existing koala corridors as part of a local Koala Recovery Strategy. This will lead to the provision of more habitat and vegetation, and public space for the community to enjoy.”
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the final plan leverages the city’s position along the Pacific and Oxley highways to attract investment, encourage tourism and boost jobs.
“The Action Plan will strengthen initiatives, such as 550 new jobs for the Airport Business Park expansion and the creation of a Health and Education Precinct supported by better transport links,” Mrs Williams said.
“Work is already underway to improve connections with the Hastings River and beach foreshore, while our parks, public spaces and waterfront will be upgraded to create a greener, greater place to live.
“I’m delighted to see the plan is now finalised and we can get on with delivering a sustainable vision for the region.”
Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson said the final plan responds directly to community feedback.
“The community made it loud and clear that protection of the natural environment, overdevelopment and transport issues were main concerns that need addressing,” Cr Pinson said.
“To drive a sustainable future, we’re selecting trees and shrubs that not only cool down built-up areas but provide habitat and food sources for native wildlife.
“Council will continue to review its planning rules to ensure the size and scale of new building developments stay consistent and compatible with their surroundings.”