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Sydney: 20 September 2006


The new Warnervale town centre on the State’s Central Coast will be located adjacent to the proposed new railway station, Planning Minister Frank Sartor announced today.

The location was recommended in an independent report from planning expert Peter Seamer.

Mr Sartor said he had asked Mr Seamer to consult Wyong Shire Council and other stakeholders, review previous assessments, and examine all three proposed locations to determine the best site on planning grounds.

“The need for a new town centre at Warnervale has been recognised for more than 30 years, but construction has been held up by prolonged debate over its location,” Mr Sartor said.

“This decision settles the debate and allows us to get on with the job of planning for the town centre and hundreds of new jobs for the Central Coast.”

Three locations for the town centre were proposed within a 114-hectare precinct on the northern side of Sparks Road:

- The report found the recommended site is the best option in overall planning and design terms, and will create the potential for an adjacent transport interchange to improve access and help stimulate economic growth;

- The site next to the proposed railway station was also recommended by an independent expert design review panel and Council officers;

- The report did not recommend a town centre at the bottom of the hill because of its distance from the proposed station and poor access to the west of the rail line, among other reasons.

“The Iemma Government is working hard to boost jobs and investment in this important region,” Mr Sartor said.

“We’ve released the draft Central Coast Regional Strategy, and the Department is working with Gosford City Council on a comprehensive new vision to renew Gosford’s CBD.

“Now the location for the Warnervale town centre has been decided, a concept plan will be prepared and placed on exhibition for public comment.”

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