Pacific Highway Upgrade

Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade involving the community

The project team aims to understand community values, issues and concerns with the Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade project.

That is why we get the community involved and ask for their input.

Involving the community and stakeholders

We involve the community in the process to:

  • Help the residents and stakeholders become aware of the project and the need for the upgrade.
  • Discover and understand any issues, values and concerns residents and stakeholders have about the project.
  • Include residents and stakeholders issues in each investigation phase, from developing route options to refining the preferred option, concept and environmental assessment.
  • Communicate the outcomes of the investigations.
  • Tell residents and stakeholders about the next steps.

Display Of Refined Concept Design

A refined concept design went on display for community comment in December 2012. Further information is available in the Oxley Highway to Kempsey, Refined concept design, November 2012 community update (PDF, 9.11MB).

Wilsons River flooding workshops

Roads and Maritime reviewed the proposed flood relief structures and the road's flood immunity on the Wilsons River floodplain. The project team held a flooding workshop for the project. The flooding workshop:

  • Reviewed updated flood models to take into account changes resulting from the refinement of the concept design.
  • Reviewed the project's proposed flood relief structures.
  • Reviewed flood impact maps.

Findings from the workshop will inform the detailed design.

Project information line

For all project enquiries phone 1800 154 724 (toll free). If your call is unanswered, staff are probably on another call, please leave a message with your contact details and a project team member will return your call as soon as possible.

Community information sessions

A number of community information sessions have been held since 2004 to inform and involve the community in the planning process for this section of the highway upgrade.

Community liaison group

A community liaison group was formed in 2004 to provide input into the investigations. This group met regularly to discuss route constraints and opportunities. This group was one of many ways in which the community contributed in the route development and assessment process.

Ecological focus group

An ecological focus group was formed in 2005 to advise the study team on current and emerging ecological issues.

The group met three times during the planning stage of this project to help identify, communicate, represent and consider the ecological interests of the local community and other stakeholders potentially affected by the project.

Aboriginal focus group

An Aboriginal focus group meeting was held in February 2007, at the Telegraph Point School of Arts, Telegraph Point to discuss:

  • The proposed preferred route.
  • The fieldwork methodology.
  • Schedule for future field work.
  • Schedule for future consultation.

To view or download reports, community updates, meeting notes and presentation relating to the study, preferred route and environmental assessment for this section of the Pacific Highway upgrade go to the project documents page