Nelson Bay parking easier than ever this Easter

Port Stephen

Nelson Bay is open for business this Easter long weekend and parking has never been easier.

Nelson Bay marina

The warm and sunny forecast for Port Stephens this Easter long weekend is in stark contrast to the recent severe rain and flooding in the region, and Port Mayor Ryan Palmer is welcoming visitors.

“Nelson Bay, as with all of Port Stephens, has sustained serious damage as a result of the March rain event and Council staff have worked around the clock to ensure our roads are open and safe for our community and visitors this Easter.

“While there are some traffic changes in place due to recovery work that’s underway, parking in Nelson Bay has never been easier thanks to the smart parking system,” Mayor Palmer said.

The new meters in the Nelson Bay CBD make parking easier for visitors with their number plate replacing a paper ticket. Residents, ratepayers and workers who have a Park Free Permit simply park and stick to the time limits.

Digital signage in the CBD will complete the rollout of smart parking in the Bay — once switched on, signs will provide live information on parking space and availability, saving time and making it even easier to find a park.

Mayor Palmer said there’s also free parking available for visitors.

“We want everyone to come and enjoy our beautiful town this long weekend, and off-street untimed parking near the Bowling Club is only a 5-minute walk from Magnus Street,” he said.

With Easter traditionally a busy time for Port Stephens, Mayor Palmer has reminded motorists to be safe, especially in the wake of the recent record rainfall.

“We have a team who have been dedicated to the recovery effort day and night, and I’m working closely with them to ensure our roads and facilities safe.

“We’ve faced a lot of challenges recently — we were just recovering from the effects of COVID when the rain hit — and with warm weather forecast for the weekend I’m incredibly excited to welcome the large crowds, especially for our local businesses.

“Please remember to take extra care, drive safely and visit our website for the latest information on road closures.

“I wish everyone a very happy Easter and an unforgettable visit to incredible Port Stephens,” Mayor Palmer said.

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