Gosford City Centre will become a significant district which will greatly improve the city’s commercial, retail and cultural life following NSW Government recommendations.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the bold and exciting plan for Gosford is articulated in the first of a series of Government Architect recommendations for the revitalisation of the city’s centre, released for public exhibition in Gosford today.
“Central Coast people are desperate to see action on revitalising Gosford’s CBD and today’s announcement has delivered stage 1 of that action to deliver a thriving, prosperous capital this region needs and deserves,” Mr MacDonald said
”It is fantastic to have this first report from the Government Architect released for public exhibition to give the community ample opportunity to provide feedback and have their say.”
Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts, said as the civic heart of Gosford City Centre, it is entirely appropriate that the Government’s first focus is on Kibble Park.
“Enhancing Kibble Park and its surrounds is critical to improving the city’s connectivity and drawing people back into a desirable, attractive and functional city centre,” Mr Roberts said.
“I am confident that the efforts and plans of the NSW Government will enhance Gosford, making it a most desirable place to live, work and visit.”
Two further reports will be released in coming weeks to focus on complementing the corridor between Gosford Hospital to the train station in the north and the Waterfront precinct in the south.
Mr Roberts also released a background paper describing the considerable work undertaken on the Urban Design and Implementation Framework (UDIF) and providing historical context regarding the planning initiatives that have shaped Gosford City Centre.
Coordinator General for the Central Coast, Lee Shearer, welcomed the release of the discussion paper.
“This report is a blueprint on how to inject lifeblood to ensure Gosford’s civic heart beats as strongly as it can which is vital to the continued revitalisation of the region’s hub,” Ms Shearer said.
Mr Roberts also announced the appointment of Michael Cassel as CEO of the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) which has been repurposed to support delivery of Gosford City Centre’s renewal.
While the Department of Planning and Environment is coordinating the delivery of the UDIF to revitalise Gosford City Centre, the CCRDC has been tasked by the NSW Government to identify development opportunities to drive economic growth in the region.
In addition to taking the reins of the CCRDC, Mr Cassel will continue in his current role as CEO of Hunter Development Corporation, where he has been instrumental in leading change and transforming Newcastle into a vibrant, dynamic and thriving hub of the Hunter Region.
The Department of Planning and Environment has undertaken intensive community engagement with about 600 residents, 83 per cent of whom said that the revitalisation of Gosford City Centre was “important” or “very important”.
Ninety per cent said that the revamp of Gosford, as the region’s capital, was vital to the broader development of the Central Coast.
To read the reports and submit comments, visit http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Regional-Plans/Central-Coast
For artists impressions of the revitalised Kibble park and an image of Mr Cassel, visit https://bit.ly/2IvqFPS