Northern NSW covers the coastal fringe from south of Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads, the New England area from Tamworth to Tenterfield and the slopes and plains in the Quirindi, Gunnedah, Warialda and Inverell areas.
About the region
Northern NSW is one of the fastest growing areas in country NSW, particularly along the north coast, with many people choosing to retire or relocate for a sea change.
The north coast experiences a large increase in traffic volume during summer as the population in northern NSW increases dramatically with the arrival of tourists visiting our beaches and national parks.
The regional office is based at 76 Victoria Street, Grafton with other offices located at Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Glen Innes and Ballina.
Northern NSW covers about 12.3% of the state, which contains over 10% of the state's population.
In Northern NSW, Roads and Maritime Services manages over $6 billion of assets, including:
- 2600km of State roads
- 1100 bridges
- Two tunnels
- Two vehicular ferries.
There are twenty-three local government authorities in Northern NSW, who manage 3170km of regional roads on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services.
Major highways and roads in the region
Major roads in the region include:
- Pacific Highway
- New England Highway
- Bruxner Highway
- Gwydir Highway
- Oxley Highway
- Waterfall Way
- Thunderbolts Way
- Fossickers Way
John Alexander is the Regional Manager.
The Regional Manager is responsible for regional integration and plays a key role in liaising with the community and stakeholders. Over the last two years Roads and Maritime has been going through a fairly significant reform process. The new Roads and Maritime operating model established on 25 February 2013 formed three areas of accountability: Build Infrastructure, Manage Journeys, and Maintain Assets, supported by enabling divisions.
This year has seen a significant change in the role of Regional Manager. This new role is crucial for the operation of Roads and Maritime within the region. John has been given considerable responsibility for customer and stakeholder engagement and enhancing the reputation of Roads and Maritime Services within the region. John is working closely with lines of business to deliver core functions of the region. John’s accountabilities focus on stakeholder engagement, regional coordination and program delivery.
John is also responsible for developing a deeper understanding of the region’s customers and ensuring that their needs and perspectives are communicated and understood.
Major projects currently in development phase include:
- A New England Highway bypass of Tenterfield
- Major improvements to the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill
- Additional crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton
- A new rail overbridge at Gunnedah
- A new bridge at Lawrence over Sportsmans Creek
- A new bridge on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam.