The GSC is working with the local council, government agencies and key industries in the region to accelerate economic opportunities on the Central Coast.
GSC Economic Commissioner Jackie Taranto says they have identified several initial areas of interest which are now open for feedback from community members and local businesses.
- Locating a university campus in Gosford city centre to bring greater learning opportunities to the region, stimulate the economy and create local jobs
- Expanding health services in Gosford to support the Central Coast’s growing population and to generate local jobs
- Facilitating faster transport connections to and from regional centres to foster economic growth and new jobs on the Central Coast
- Increasing the amount of serviced industrial lands on the Central Coast to support and expand industries such as food technology and advanced manufacturing
- Streamlining planning processes to help remove barriers, such as uncertainty and wait times, for businesses looking to locate on the Central Coast
- Establishing a high-speed internet network to attract new, diverse businesses to the Central Coast and remove any existing barriers for growth related to digital connectivity.
Ms Taranto says work so far has highlighted the economic significance of the Central Coast and the importance of a collaborative approach to the Strategy.
“We are working towards on-the-ground economic outcomes for the people of the Central Coast and leveraging the region’s unique strengths and assets.
“We want to see industry and innovation thrive on the Central Coast and we need to see more jobs closer to home for residents - these elements are crucial to our state’s post-COVID economic recovery.
“I thank all our collaborators, including Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch, industry leaders and State agency representatives who have shown true collaborative spirit in our workshops and conversations so far. There’s a real feeling of wanting to share knowledge and resources to deliver tangible benefits that can have a generational impact,” the Economic Commissioner said.
The areas of interest are open for online feedback from Friday 4 December 2020 to Monday 25 January 2021.
Feedback will be evaluated and incorporated into the final version of the Strategy which will be presented to the Premier in early 2021.