Point Plomer Road Sealed and Ready for Holiday Traffic
This month, work to seal one of the last stretches of dirt road on the East Coast was finished.
Point Plomer Road runs between Crescent Head and the Hastings River at Port Macquarie, and has long been an escape for surfers seeking refuge from busier zones.
Since 1997, Kempsey Shire Council (KSC) has been threatening to seal the road as far as Big Hill, where the road enters Limeburners Creek National Park, citing ongoing costs to maintain the road. Many local residents and visiting surfers have opposed the move saying it will permanently alter the character of the region.
In October 2018, KSC successfully sought a grant of $2.88m under the RestartNSW Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund Program, which combined with a further $720k from KSC funded the project.
Work began on the 11.8 km stretch in February, and this month line marking was finished.
“From the outset, the primary goal in sealing Point Plomer Road was to provide a safer road, and by finishing this on time we’ve secured that safety for the peak holiday season,” said Kempsey Shire Council General Manager, Craig Milburn.
“This is also a big win for residents,"continued Milburn. "Not just those who live nearby who will benefit from reduced noise and dust, but for the whole shire with a marked reduction in environmental damage and ratepayers no longer funding the ongoing costly gravel road maintenance activities.”
KSC maintains that the road sealing is not related to land zoning or development along the road. While in relation to the road changing the character of the area, KSC has put concerned residents at ease by developing a 'local character statement' that reflects the spirit of the Point Plomer area.