Highway Service Centres

Aerial view of the Nambucca Heads Highway Service Centre, looking south-east
Aerial view of the Nambucca Heads Highway Service Centre, looking south-east

Background

Policy on highway service centres along the Pacific Highway has been in place since 1998 and has been regularly updated to reflect progress in the highway's design. The last update took place in 2014 which provided further details about sites at Chinderah, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Nambucca Heads and Port Macquarie.

Provision of highway service centres encourages drivers to 'stop, revive, survive'. They provide opportunities for drivers to take breaks when they recognise the warning signs of fatigue, which contributes significantly to travel safety and efficiency. The sites selected for highway service centres are strategically positioned at regular intervals along the highway, and most are close to bypassed towns so the economic benefits can remain with those communities. There are certain requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to be recognised as a highway service centre, these requirements are included in section 1.4 of the Policy review 2014.

View or download the Highway Service Centres along the Pacific Highway policy review - May 2014.

Latest News – June 2018

The development application to convert the Teven rest area into a highway service centre was approved by the area’s Joint Regional Planning Panel in December 2017. Roads and Maritime Services is working through the conditions of approval with Ballina Shire Council and the developer and operator of the service centre, BP Australia.

The highway service centre is to be built and operated by BP Australia on Roads and Maritime owned land.

Employment opportunities for up to 200 people are expected to be created by the building and operation of this highway service centre.

Subject to meeting the requirements of the conditions of approval, construction of the service centre is expected to start in mid-2018, with the centre estimated to open late-2019. The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.

Front view Nambucca Heads Highway Service Centre
Front view Nambucca Heads Highway Service Centre

August 2017

The Nambucca Heads highway service centre opened in August 2017. Opening of the service centre was planned so that it would be available by the time that Macksville and Bellwood were bypassed in December 2017.

As well as providing for rest breaks, the service centre provides an opportunity to promote local services and facilities to travellers to encourage motorists to visit the nearby towns.

The new service centre includes parking for heavy and light vehicles, as well as food, beverages and toilets.

Aerial view Nambucca Heads Highway Service Centre
Aerial view Nambucca Heads Highway Service Centre
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