Mystery roadworks ensue at Winda Woppa, meanwhile Myall Way remains ignored

The Boulevarde, on Winda Woppa, totally torn up for resurfacing.

WINDA Woppa residents were surprised to find their two main roads ripped up, and resurfacing began last week, although they are not necessarily complaining.

“We’re happy this is happening, the Anchorage had an extremely bad corner filled with potholes,” Richard Streamer, President of the Winda Woppa Preservation Association told News Of The Area.

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“It would’ve been nice to have advance word to the community – the current works stop at Guya Street, but are needed through to Kururma Crescent.

“However, there are worse places around that need fixing, like the Myall Way,” Mr Streamer added.

The absence of notification for Winda Woppa stakeholders clicks with the works’ absence on MidCoast Council’s list of ‘Major road and bridge projects’.

Dozens of planned, current and completed projects are listed, replete with locations, brief descriptions, date estimates and budgets, including Gloucester, Stroud, Bulahdelah, Forster, and Taree.

Tea Gardens’ only projects are located in the Industrial Estate.

What about the Myall Way?

Multiple residents and visitors have commented that the sole arterial road in and out of town is in the worst shape they have ever seen.

Several local businesses, whose supply lines depend on a safe and clear connection to the highway, have also voiced concerns.

“The Myall Way is definitely Council territory,” Mr Strainer declared, a statement fully supported by the NSW Government’s official road classification schedule and interactive map, found at

Myall Way/Street is classified as a ‘Regional Road’, governed by the Roads Act 1933 (NSW), and a link at the top of the webpage opens a document entitled ‘Schedule of Classified Roads and Unclassified Regional Roads’.

Page 1 clearly states: ‘Regional and Local Roads are administered, managed and financed by local councils’.

‘Due to their network significance Transport (NSW) provides financial assistance to councils for the management of Regional Roads’ reads the text of the Schedule.

Barring undocumented updates, it would seem that MidCoast Council is entitled, even encouraged, to request funding help for upgrades to the Myall Way.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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