26 September 2023

New Central Coast plan to open land

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The Greater Cities Commission is working to improve the lives of Central Coast residents by strengthening the local economy with the launch of a new development strategy.

Chief Commissioner of the Greater Cities Commission, Geoff Roberts said the Central Coast Strategy for Economic Growth’s priorities provided a balanced, equitable and timely opportunity to deliver on key projects and initiatives in the region.

“The Central Coast Strategy focuses on key priorities for unlocking the potential in the Central Coast and will directly feed into the development of the Region Plan for the Six Cities Region and the Central Coast City Plan,” Mr Roberts said.

“The Commission found that new tertiary education opportunities must be created on the Central Coast in order to grow a diversity of local jobs and drive innovation,” he said.

“Gosford must become a true regional capital and a renewed focus on unlocking employment lands is also needed, particularly in the Northern Growth Corridor from Tuggerah to Warnervale.”

The Commission recommended action on seven priorities to harness the region’s economic and land use opportunities.

Mr Roberts said these priorities included innovation and industry collaboration; unlocking employment lands; activating the new University of Newcastle campus; building on the Gosford Health and Wellbeing Innovation Precinct; improving transport connections; delivering a high-speed internet network; and accelerating development approvals.

“Focusing on these priority areas will help deliver the 72,000 new jobs needed to meet the predicted increase in population,” he said.

The Chief Commissioner said the Strategy was developed in partnership with Central Coast Council, NSW Government Agencies and key stakeholders,

The Commission’s 37-page Strategy can be accessed at this PS News link.

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