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The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 aims to build a strong economy capable of generating jobs, providing greater housing choice, essential infrastructure, lively centres for shopping, entertainment and dining, and protecting the natural environment.

Darkinjung Delivery Framework 

The NSW Government has released the Darkinjung Delivery Framework (Framework), a set of pioneering planning measures to assist the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (Darkinjung) better utilise its land.


The Framework is the NSW Government’s response to the notion Darkinjung, like all Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs), faces a number of issues securing suitable uses for its land – land it has successfully claimed under the Aboriginal Land Rights (ALR) Act, 1983 (NSW).


The ALR Act was passed by the NSW Parliament to establish a network of ALCs to acquire and manage land as an economic base for Aboriginal communities, as compensation for historic dispossession and in recognition of their ongoing disadvantage.


Darkinjung is one of 120 ALCs in NSW established under the ALR Act.


The measures align the planning system more sympathetically with the ALR Act, stimulating improved governance, empowerment, strategic planning and more efficient land use.


The Framework also implements Direction 6 of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 (Regional Plan) “to strengthen the economic self-determination of Aboriginal communities”.

The Regional Plan recognises that encouraging Aboriginal people to gain economic benefit from their land will support broader regional development and environmental and social outcomes.

The Framework is a pilot with potential for extension to other ALCs to benefit Aboriginal communities across NSW.

Darkinjung is the largest non-Government landholder on the Central Coast, so it is an ideal  test case for such sweeping planning reform with the potential to be extended state-wide.


The Framework package includes:

  • A State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019 (SEPP): A statutory planning framework to enable the preparation of development delivery plans for land owned by LALCs.
  • A Ministerial Direction (Development of Aboriginal Land Council land): A direction enabling development delivery plans or interim development delivery plans to be considered in the preparation of planning proposals.
  • A Planning Circular PS 19-003: An independent review of planning proposals for Aboriginal Land Council land: Formal guidance that will give LALCs the opportunity for an independent body to give advice on planning proposals for land subject to a development delivery plan or an interim development delivery plan, that is shown in the SEPP.
  • The Interim Darkinjung Development Delivery Plan (DDDP): A strategic plan of identified Darkinjung priority sites for development. It is the first interim development delivery plan that will be given effect under the new Ministerial Direction. 


View the Interim Plan

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): An agreement between the NSW Government and Darkinjung that sets out how the organisations will work together to create the pipeline of Darkinjung development projects.

For further information regarding the Darkinjung Delivery Framework please read the frequently asked questions.


Read the frequently asked questions

A Darkinjung Delivery Framework Consultation Paper outlining the inter-related measures - including an explanation of intended effect of the SEPP - received overwhelming support when exhibited from 16 November to 14 December 2018.


View the Consultation Paper

Local Planning Panel for the Central Coast

A Local Planning Panel (LPP) will be implemented on the Central Coast to bring greater expertise, transparency and accountability to local planning decisions.


LPPs are panels comprising two independent experts, a community member and a chair who make decisions on sensitive, complex and high-value development applications made to local councils.


The establishment of an LPP for the Central Coast was a recommendation from the independent review of governance in the NSW planning system by former NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas.


The review recognised the positive feedback and overall effectiveness of mandatory LPPs – formerly known as IHAPs (Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels) – in metropolitan Sydney and Wollongong and recommended the Department consider extending LPPs to the Central Coast and Newcastle.


A Central Coast LPP is expected to be in place by early 2020 and will consist of a chair and two independent experts appointed by Council from a Minister-endorsed pool of independent, qualified people, plus a community representative.


More information about LPPs.


For more information about the Central Coast LPP contact Andrew Roach at Central Coast Council.


Central Coast Regional Plan 2036

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20–year blueprint for the future of the Central Coast.

The vision

Our vision is to create a region with a healthy natural environment, a flourishing economy, and well-connected communities.


We’ll deliver our vision through four goals:

  • a prosperous Central Coast with more jobs close to home
  • protection for the natural environment and careful, sustainable management of agricultural and resource lands
  • well-connected communities and attractive lifestyles
  • a range of housing choices to suit needs and lifestyles.


View the Coast Regional Plan 2036

Regional Plan 2018 Monitoring Report

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2018 Monitoring Report highlights the significant progress made in delivering outcomes for the people of the region in the Regional Plan’s second year.


Key highlights of the year include:

  • The launch of the final vision to revitalise Gosford City Centre
    On 10 October 2018 the NSW Government released the final package of measures to pave the way for the revitalisation of Gosford as the region’s vibrant and thriving capital. The Government Architect’s Urban Design Framework, and planning controls implementing the vision, will drive further investment, attract new residents, business, tourists, cultural activity and jobs to make Gosford the regional capital it deserves to be.
  • Release of the Darkinjung Delivery Framework (DDF) Consultation Paper on exhibition
    The DDF Consultation Paper comprises a set of planning measures to assist the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council achieve better economic outcomes from its land.
  • Commencement of Strategic Conservation Planning for the region
    The most comprehensive conservation planning exercise undertaken for the Central Coast and one of the largest undertaken in Australia.
    It will ensure the Central Coast’s unique natural environment is protected while the region meets its long-term housing and employment needs.

Other highlights of 2018 include:

  • $42 million of NSW Government funding for the much-needed upgrade of water and sewer infrastructure in Gosford City Centre
  • $10 million of NSW Government funding to upgrade Leagues Club Field, including the creation of a regional park and playground
  • Delivery of the Housing and Employment Supply Snapshot to provide a stocktake of current housing and employment lands across the Central Coast
  • Preparation of the Southern Growth Corridor Strategy ready for exhibition
  • Operation of the Interagency and Council Working Group to address land use needs west of the M1 Pacific Motorway
  • Launch of the Central Coast Regional Plan Info Centre in late February, a space to engage and inform the public about the implementation program, that has had more than 1,000 visitors.


View the Monitoring Report

Central Coast Implementation Plan 2018-2020


The Central Coast Regional Implementation Plan 2018-2020 has been released that sets out exactly how the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 will continue to deliver jobs, housing, conservation planning and revitalisation for the region over the next two years.


For more details visit Delivering the Plan page.


View the Implementation Plan 2018-2020

Gosford City Centre Revitalisation

Revitalisation of Gosford City Centre as the capital of a healthy, prosperous and connected Central Coast, is a key Ministerial priority of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036.


The project has reached a significant milestone with the release of the final Government Architect report and approval of a suite of new planning controls to revitalise Gosford City Centre, following public exhibition throughout the year.


Information relating to the final planning controls and development assessment and approvals within the Gosford City Centre can be found on the Gosford City Centre web page.


View Gosford City Centre