Our $30 Million Roadcare Program

Road maintenance image with new tar sign

With our community highlighting roads as their number one priority, we established a $30 million Roadcare Program using a combination of merger funding and savings identified through efficiencies delivered through the merger. The Roadcare Program has already started making visible improvements across the MidCoast region.

An announcement made in June 2018 by the NSW Government to inject $50million over four years into improving our transport network will see our program expand even further. This will be matched by Council using SRV funds, creating a $100M roads program – which is in addition to the schedule of works already underway and in the pipeline. Please check back here to find out how the $100M will be invested and which priority roads and bridges will be targeted between now and 2022.

Where does the $30 million come from?

The $30 million that we have allocated to improving the regions roads and bridges over the next 4 years came from a $4 million per year saving to the merger of the three former Council regions (total $16m). Added to this is a $14 million State Government merger allocation.

How is this money being spent?

The Roadcare program is all about:

  • Road reconstruction projects
  • Road resurfacing projects
  • Bridge repairs

So what has actually been done?

Since the formation of MidCoast Council in May 2016, the first year of the Roadcare Program has seen over $4 million spent on the following projects:

$692k spent on additional road resurfacing in Taree (Henry Flett St, Wingham Rd, Flett St, River St, Kanangra Drv, William Wynter Drv ), Tinonee (Manchester St, Cotton St) and Wingham (Richardson St, Wyoming St, Flett St).

$308k on additional road resurfacing in Gloucester (Carter Cres, Cemetery Rd, Clement St, Hawdon St, Hume St, Tyrell St, Ravenshaw St, Reichert St).

$2.2 million funding to supplement Council-funded road reconstruction projects in the following areas:

  • Diamond Beach Road, Diamond Beach - $500k
  • Harrington Road, Harrington - $400k
  • Combined / Dennes Streets, Wingham - $800k
  • The Bucketts Way (Stage 5), Tinonee - $200k
  • Commerce Street, Taree - $300k

$860k on Timber bridge repairs and reconstruction across the Manning and Great Lakes regions.

See the $30 Million Roadcare Program in action

We are working on a series of videos so you can see exactly where, how and why we are spending $30 million on roads over the next 4 years.

2017 Was a big year...

The video below summarises what was achieved in 2017 and contains some useful stats.


"Call that a new road?" - Road Resealing Explained - Part 1

This video explains why there is a delay between applying the first and second seals of a road surface. Often we receive criticism for this delay, and sometimes people assume the road surface has been finished when only the primer seal has been applied. Our civil engineer went to Combined / Dennes Street in Wingham to demonstrate stage 1 of 2 stage road resealing process.


Super Smooth - Road Resealing Explained - Part 2

MidCoast Council Works Engineer, Claire Shultz explains the second phase of our road resealing project in Wingham, NSW. In this phase a super smooth Asphalted Concrete overlay is applied.


Marine Drive, Tea Gardens Resurfacing work

More than just a road resurfacing project, this video captures the final stage of Marine Drive works after Council’s six year multi-million dollar commitment to the Tea Gardens community. The Marine Drive project has improved the amenity of the Tea Gardens Waterfront whilst employing traffic control measures, increasing parking efficiency, improving access along with upgrades to drainage, road pavement and road surface. The project was developed to provide a family friendly, safe and enjoyable area with a strong focus on achieving a balance between the needs of pedestrians, traffic and businesses.


  1. Victor Riley
    It appears residents of the former Great Lakes Council miss out completely from what I read above. The state government forced the merger on the basis both Taree and Gloucester were not fit so why do Great Lakes Residents have to pay for poor management? Taree central has now some of the best road surfaces in the region meanwhile the Lakes Way from The Southern Parkway to Janies Corner is in a deplorable state. Riding a motorcycle on this section of road is extremely dangerous as there are humps up to 50mm. Previous work to stabilise the edges is partially to blame as the edge is firm but 200mm inside the edge has sunk. Water pooling in the depressions is very dangerous. Might be worth a video explaining how it occurred. Underwood Road Forster is similar.
  2. Tiny Tiny
    Yarratt road upper Lansdowne is the biggest loser, not only is it a very dangerous road, but very, very busy to and from wingham ect. Just a thought for maybe charging the big massive loggin trucks for continuos useage of the road, full to the brim with logs and a big warning to slow thr f down. There are school children walking and riding their bikes to catch the bus at the end of yarratt and NO ONE including cars seem to care with the seed they do in the morning and afternoon. Hay carrying trucks overloaded flying up and down the road, this road is a bye pass if going to taree to avoid getting caught, over loaded, drink driving, unregistered I myself and others have to drive this road with these dangerous humans.
  3. Geoff Phillips
    Hi I am wondering when the surface of Flinders st will be replaced instead of just spot repairs, It has just cost me 1000 dollars to replace my suspension on my car, WHY because every time I drive into my street its like diving into a dirt bush road, why the rates went up I thought maybe my road surface would be put on the list for re taring but cant see it there. It would have to be the worst road in Taree, come on counsel do something about it, its such an embarrassment for the Town.
    1. Nick Day
      Hi Geoff. Thanks for your question. Flinders Street is most definitely targeted for a reseal. The current year program is targeting high traffic volume roads so we would be expecting to get to Flinders Street in the medium term. We understand your frustration, however the risks to the community and rate of deterioration of higher traffic loadings need to be part of the decision making process when developing work programs.
    It is without doubt that the road surface between the Motor Cycle race track and OLD BAR Beach requires a substantial works, it is not a new problem. The erection of signs saying rough surface, slow down are not the answer, not even short term. With the amount of new housing developments over the past few years, the money received from developers and builders will have swelled councils coffers, being a tourist destination, the road should be high on the works programme. It is high time that the road surface be renewed along the entire length as above, there is absolutely no point in sending council repair staff to continuously fill potholes. If the council member for the Old Bar area isn't interested, doesn't live in the area or is shackled by party politics he or she should resign or preferably start working for his or her area.
    1. MidCoast Council
      Council has allocated in $1 million for Old Bar Road in the current Financial Year for works between Berady Lane and Warwiba Road. A further allocation in excess of $1 million is proposed in the next Financial Year from the motorcycle track to the cemetery in accordance with the 5 year Regional Road program adopted by Council. On top of this allocation, Council has received a State Government allocation of $1.5 million to undertake investigating, planning and development of a works program for all of Old Bar Road which includes widening and passing lanes.

      It is also important to note that Council has a backlog of works in the vicinity of $180m and a funding shortfall of $5m per year to meet its asset management needs. However, this shortfall does not include funding for enhancements. The recent rate rise which Council received will address the existing funding issues over time but it will not provide any additional funding for enhancements such as road widening or passing lanes