New road in South Kempsey opens to traffic

Media release - 19 February 2018

Residential streets in South Kempsey will now be significantly quieter and safer with the opening today of the extension of South Street to Gowings Hill Road.

The 1km stretch of new road means that a high traffic volume including up to 70 truck movements a day can be diverted away from the residential areas of Middleton and West streets.

The extension was officially opened by Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Mayor Liz Campbell who were joined by Council staff and representatives from the project contractor, Eire Constructions.

The work was largely funded by a $2.25 million grant from the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, with additional funding provided by the Australian Government under the Roads to Recovery Programme as well as Kempsey Shire Council, bringing the total of the project to just over $3 million.

Ms Pavey said the NSW Government is proud to have supported Council in this important infrastructure project.

“Large trucks previously had to use West and Middleton Streets to access Gowings Hill Road which proved dangerous as it meant they were passing through residential areas,” she said.

“The new road provides a much safer access for trucks and motorists through the industrial area of South Street while reducing traffic congestion in parts of South Kempsey.”

Mayor Liz Campbell said it was a significant day for the community as the South Street extension had been years in the planning.

“I am thrilled that three levels of government have successfully worked together to make this project a reality,” Cr Campbell said.

“The new road has many benefits for the community. It not only provides a more efficient link to Gowings Hill Road and localities like Euroka and Dondingalong, but reduces noise for residents.”

As part of the extension, Council completed significant rehabilitation work to the rest of South Street, including repairing kerb and guttering, stabilising and asphalting.

Fred Kelly, Liz Campbell, Melinda Pavey, TadhgFred Kelly, Liz Campbell, Melinda Pavey, TadhgFred Kelly from the Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council, Mayor Liz Campbell, Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Eire Constructions’ Operations Manager, Tadhg Kelliher