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Big gains in housing and job opportunities are the highlights of the first Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 Monitoring Report, released by Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts at Gosford on December 15.

 

The monitoring report charts the progress of the first year of the regional plan, the Government’s 20 – year blueprint for the Central Coast.

 

Mr Roberts said the regional plan had already resulted in big gains and was delivering on the promise to revitalise Gosford and the Central Coast.

 

“In its first year the regional plan has enabled the approval of about 1600 homes and the construction of more than 1000 for the people of the Central Coast,” Mr Roberts said.

“We’ve also identified more than 1800 hectares of industrial land that could lead to $66 million in investment to generate new local jobs.

“This great work is just the beginning. The regional plan is set to deliver much more over 20 years to ensure a thriving, vibrant coastal community,” he added.

 

First – year achievements include:

  • issuing Gateway Determinations - decisions on planning proposals – with potential for 420 jobs and 800 dwellings
  • the Government Architect oversaw the revitalisation of the Gosford CBD
  • the Gosford Hospital Health and Wellbeing Centre and University of the Newcastle Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute received $350 million in funding.

At the December launch Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, Taylor Martin MLC and Coordinator General for Central Coast, Lee Shearer, joined Mr Roberts outside the planned Information Centre and inter – departmental work hub.

 

Mr MacDonald said the Information Centre, due to open in February, “will be an interactive space where members of the public will be able to see how the regional plan will impact their day–to–day lives.

 

“The centre will include information about the work of the Government Architect on a framework for revitalising the city centre,” Mr MacDonald said. 

 

Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch said, “We know the next decade is an exciting time for the Central Coast. The plan has set out a strong framework for employment and residential housing. This new centre will provide easy access to the public in the future.”

 

Ms Shearer said the work hub was a partnership between the Department of Planning and Environment and Property NSW that will provide flexible workspaces for employees from a range of state agencies. The pilot will test shared office systems ahead of the construction of a Department of Finance, Services and Innovation building near the Gosford waterfront.

 

“The work hub is an example of our goal to grow jobs on the Central Coast, promote work/life balance, relieve pressure on transport infrastructure and activate the Gosford City Centre in line with the current work being undertaken by the Government Architect,” Ms Shearer said.

 

Image caption: Central Coast Regional Plan monitoring report launch.