We have delivered essential infrastructure works across Mount Penang Parklands.
Parklands Road and Frank Road (formerly Baxter Track) upgrades are now complete, marking the final stage of NSW Government's $16-million infrastructure investment in the Parklands. This follows earlier stages of sewer, road, water and electrical works.
These works are creating a better place for recreation, education and work. As well as improving amenity for visitors to Mount Penang, the works will support future investment, tourism and activity within the Parklands.
Parklands Road upgrades
Upgrades to Parklands Road, one of the primary roads through Mount Penang, are now complete. Visitors can enjoy a beautified streetscape, improved pedestrian amenity including a dedicated path for pedestrians and cyclists, extra parking spaces, bus parking for large groups and additional trees.
This links with the upgraded Baxter Track to create a second access point to the precinct and improve traffic flow.
Tuggerah-based Bolte Civil undertook construction on this project, which has a total design and construction budget of $8.75 million. Bolte’s team was comprised of a diverse workforce, with the company targeting Aboriginal and female employment in this project.
We’re pleased to work with the Central Coast’s talented local workforce, creating employment opportunities and keeping workers on the Coast.
Parklands Road upgrades recognise and retain Mount Penang’s unique heritage, culture and environment. All works are executed in accordance with a Review of Environmental Factors (REF).
An independent arborist assessed the trees in the work zone for age, health and potential wildlife habitat.
Only non-heritage trees were removed, with additional shady replacement trees planted.
The road was designed to minimise the impact on the environment. Two-way traffic remains in the northern and southern sections, with a one-way road alongside the dam to protect the significant heritage trees and buildings in this area.
Baxter Track upgrades
Works to upgrade Frank Road (formerly Baxter Track), in the north of the Parklands, are now complete. This will provide a new access to both the Parklands and Department of Community and Justice facilities from Kangoo Road.
The new sealed public road will include a shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, lighting and the planting of more than 50 native trees.
Tuggerah's Bolte Civil undertook the works, building on their excellent track record of civil projects across the Central Coast and beyond. The team comprised of a diverse workforce with a five-day work week, encouraging a healthier work-life balance for all.
Works in Mount Penang are sensitive to the precinct’s environmental and cultural significance.
These road works are being undertaken in accordance with a Review of Environmental Factors, including a biodiversity assessment and individual tree arborist assessment. Any removed trees are being replaced and extra trees are being planted to line the road.
We’re using recycled coal ash in the road base, which is a by-product of coal burning and is strong, lightweight and free-draining. As well as less coal ash going to waste, this means we’re using less quarried and manufactured products, reducing processing emissions.
Once complete, the works will enable more active transport options, with cycle and pedestrian paths making it safer and easier to get around, and fewer cars in the precinct.
Frequently asked questions
Works to upgrade Baxter Track and Parklands Road are now underway.
HCCDC will work with the contractors to ensure that access to Mount Penang Parklands is maintained. There will be changes to the access as the projects progress and we ask for your patience as we make these changes.
Works on Baxter Track are expected to be completed in late-2022, weather permitting.
The Parklands and other roadworks will be completed in early 2023.
The infrastructure works are works permitted without consent under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Transport and Infrastructure) 2021.
The proponent and the determining authority for this matter is Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation. As the determining authority, HCCDC must consider the environmental impact of the proposal consistent with the requirements of Part 5 of the Act.
The primary legislation relevant to the evaluation of this activity is:
- Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979; and
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021.
Approval under the Heritage Act 1977 is being sought as appropriate.