Mayor Lisa Matthews has hit back at criticisms levelled at Central Coast Council by NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, on Monday over its inaction on a proposal for a Regional Performing Arts Centre, by renewing calls for the Premier to commit to funding other key projects in the region.
Clr Matthews said the Premier was presented with a list of key enabling projects that she sought to work with the State Government on to deliver for the community.
“Central Coast ratepayers alone cannot bear the burden,” she said.
“We simply do not have enough funding for this significant growth corridor in NSW.
“If we are expected to deliver services and new infrastructure for another 70,000 people by 2036, we need the State Government on board and at our side to deliver on priority projects for the community.
“State Government coffers are overflowing and it would have been great to see more funding announced for the Central Coast rather than more talk.
“This is a missed opportunity for the State Government to show us their commitment to our region.
“I won’t give up though.
“I will continue to fight for our region and our community to ensure that we get the funding we deserve.
“We need all levels of government to work together hand in hand with our community and move our region forward.”
Clr Matthews said enabling projects Council was keen to pursue with the State Government include the second stage of the Regional Sporting Complex at Tuggerah; Link Rd Warnervale; Gosford CBD revitalisation, and job creation and support for TAFE.
Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, also took issue with the Premier’s criticisms.
“I have always tried to work constructively with Council for the benefit of the Central Coast and my constituents,” Mehan said.
“I suggest the State Government and its representative on the Coast should do the same.
“Central Coast Council was created by the State Government in 2016 and it operates under a planning regime established by the State Government which has also taken over all planning associated with the Gosford CBD.
“Having taken over planning for the Gosford CBD, the State Government must shoulder some responsibility for progress in that part of the Coast where planning decisions have only been directed at encouraging a select few property developers to develop their discrete sites.”
Media release, Sep 30
Member for The Entrance, David Mehan
Media release, Sep 30
Central Coast Mayor, Lisa Matthews