Five-year Tourism Opportunity Plan adopted
Council has adopted a five-year Tourism Opportunity Plan for the Central Coast which will maximise opportunities to attract visitors to the region and looks to boost the visitor economy by $70M.
The plan recognises the strengths of the region, identifies challenges and opportunities, and seeks greater efforts to capitalise on them for the future.
Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said the adoption of the Plan would allow Council, tourism operators and the community to work on improving visitors’ experiences of the region.
“This Plan encompasses the very small to the large.
“It embraces areas such as heritage, cultural and environmental offerings, revitalising our places and the aesthetics of the physical region,” Clr Matthews said.
“It allows us to explore opportunities such as new live music experiences, better food and beverage service levels and extended retail hours at local businesses.”
During the 60-day public exhibition period, Council received 51 public submissions on the Plan.
“Key components of the strategy focus on the investment opportunities and a ‘1000 Little Things We Could Do’ concept,” Clr Matthews said.
“There are so many little things that need to be done all over the region which can be accomplished fairly quickly and easily without a big project plan.”
Work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions well underway
Council has progressed with work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change in line with six environmental pledges made in March.
Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said that as a member of the national Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership Program, Council was delivering on its promise to the community to take a hands-on role in the conservation, protection and remediation of the environment.
“We pledged to replace existing residential street lighting with energy efficient LED lighting and are working with the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils to develop the most appropriate replacement model for our community,” Clr Matthews said.
“We pledged to lead the way in sustainable transport and have introduced the first 100 per cent electric vehicle into our fleet of cars, a number of hybrid passenger vehicles, we have commenced design on our first electric truck, and we expect our first hybrid 20-tonne excavator to be delivered in 2020.
“We pledged to install renewable energy, both solar PV and battery storage, and have scoped rooftop solar for Council buildings which will soon be implemented.
“We pledged to look at ways to generate energy from wastewater and have submitted a grant application to the Emerging Energy Fund for pre-investment feasibility studies.
“We pledged to capture or flare landfill gas for electricity generation and are doing so across four waste management facilities including Kincumber, Woy Woy, Buttonderry and the Green Point closed landfill site.
“And we pledged to investigate potential opportunities for the community to participate and we have had initial discussions with the Central Coast Community Energy Association.”
Gosford CBD parking update
Work on developing more parking for the Gosford CBD is well underway.
To date, council’s work in this area includes: Construction of a 180-space car park at 10 Racecourse Road, West Gosford; 170 spaces at Adcock Park to be available until early 2020, when the park’s redevelopment commences, with 700 spaces to be available in 2022, when the work is completed; A park and ride program at the tendering stage; Liaising with the Federal Government regarding $35M funding towards commuter car parking in Gosford and Woy Woy; and, Investigation on the development of two multi-level carparking stations within Gosford CBD, which will provide approximately 1,300 parking spaces.
Sustainable and Plastic Free Events Policy adopted
Council’s commitment to sustainability has been strengthened through the adoption of the Central Coast’s first Sustainable and Plastic Free Events Policy.
The policy will assist event organisers to operate in a sustainable manner.
“Our Sustainable and Plastic Free Events Policy outlines simple steps that can be taken to deliver great events for the Coast in a sustainable manner,” Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said.
“The ‘Plastic Free’ event guidelines will work as a checklist to help stallholders deliver plastic free events.
“We will reward stallholders who meet the ‘Plastic Free’ guidelines with a 20 per cent reduction in stallholder fees.
“Council will take further leadership in this area by delivering waste education initiatives at five of our Council managed events.”
Youth Strategy adopted
Council has adopted the Central Coast Youth Strategy following a review of public submissions received.
Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said the Strategy was a first for the region and provided strategic direction for the delivery of contemporary youth services and programs over the next five years.
“The Strategy features six themes: Including Us; Happy and Healthy; Feeling Safe; Somewhere to Live; Living Green; and, Skilled and Ready, developed following extensive research and consultation,” Clr Matthews said.
“It outlines Council’s plans to implement the actions and partner with the local youth sector, young people, schools and the community.”
Over 7,500 suggestions and ideas were received during the development of the Strategy, following consultation with more than 1,600 young people and 67 organisations across the Coast.
Central Coast Council Meetings, Oct 8 and 28