NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts has joined local MPs at the Central Coast Leagues Club Field today, to announce an investment of $52 million in funding for infrastructure and public space in Gosford.
Anthony Roberts says they're looking to shore up public amenities like sewerage and stormwater drains, so they can cope with the influx of current and future developments in Gosford CBD.
"(It's) $42 million to underpin the jobs and investment that will be coming to Gosford," Mr Roberts says. "It's for that key infrastructure that Councils sometimes find difficult to fund. Paying for that means it's easier for Council and private enterprise to come and invest here."
"On top of that... we have $10 million for a major upgrade of parks and streetscapes in Gosford, including a regional park (on the Leagues Club field), to make this even more of a destination for people."
Mr Roberts says the funding will help bring more jobs to the Coast during construction and thereafter.
He's also confident Gosford will be able to attract tech incubators and startups into the future.
The Minister's also announced they're planning to lower developer contributions in Gosford's CBD from 4% down to 3% to further encourage development.
Today's revelations coincide with the release of two reports by the NSW Government Architect, suggesting on how to connect the upgraded Gosford Hospital to the northern end of the CBD, and how to link Gosford's waterfront to Mann Street.
We've got until June 18 to leave our feedback on these, though Central Coast Mayor Jane Smith's called for more time.
"I think the important thing is the community has the opportunity to have a close look at this," Ms Smith says. "We already have $1.69 billion worth of approved developments, so we need to look at what implications these announcements will have on those."
"The consultation period in my view needs to be extended... we need longer to really consult with our community. Council needs to be at the centre of planning."