Improved pedestrian access in South West Rocks

Community life - 14 August 2018

Pedestrians and users of mobility scooters will benefit from improved access throughout the South West Rocks area as part of Kempsey Shire Council’s Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP).

New and improved access ramps were recently completed along Gregory Street at the intersections of Arthur, Simpson, Frank Cooper and Belle O’Connor Streets and Meehan Close. The pathway on Gregory Street was also extended south to allow for better access to the Seascape Medical Centre.

The works follow on from ramp improvements completed last year at Gordon Young Drive.

Council’s Acting Manager of Infrastructure Delivery, Tony Green, said Council is committed to investing in safe, convenient and connected infrastructure across the shire.

“The new and improved ramps meet the Australian Standards and are great news for pedestrians and will be beneficial for those who use mobility scooters,” Mr Green said.

“The works complete crucial missing links in the South West Rocks area, providing residents and visitors with safer connections, particularly to shopping and medical facilities.”

Planning is currently underway for additional PAMP access improvement works in the shire under funding included in the 2018/19 works program.

Since 2017 Council has also been working with the South West Rocks Lions Club to assist members with their Back Creek access ramp project. The project saw the installation of a concrete ramp at Back Creek last year so that elderly people and those with a disability can safely access the sandy area.

The project was recently completed with the final bench seat being installed this month. Council supported the project by provided the Club with the stainless-steel materials for the handrailing along the ramp, fencing materials and two bench seats.

To keep up-to-date with council’s works program go to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/works

Arthur Street intersectionAccess ramps were recently completed in South West Rocks