The Central Coast now has one Council, with the merger of Wyong Shire and Gosford City Councils proclaimed by the NSW Government on Thursday 12 May.
Ian Reynolds has been appointed as administrator by the NSW Government. Mr Reynolds has over 35 years experience in local and state government sectors and has an in-depth knowledge of urban planning, infrastructure planning and funding, public policy and administration.
Rob Noble who was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the former Wyong Shire Council is now the Chief Exective Officer of Central Coast Council.
Central Coast Council is now one of the largest in Australia, servicing over 331,000 residents. It will manage an annual budget of $800 million and over $8 billion in assets for its growing community.
The Central Coast is one of the fastest growing corridors in NSW. We are currrently assessing over 700 development applications worth just over $1.7 billion.
Council Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Gosford Chambers at 49 Mann Street in Gosford and on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Wyong Chambers at 2 Hely Street Wyong.
Business as Usual
In the short term there will not be a lot of change in how you deal with your local council. Residents and businesses will continue to be able to access Council services and operations, under the banner of the Central Coast Council.
Your bin will still be collected on the same day as before, our libraries will continue to provide access to books and services. You can still book and use sporting fields and community facilities. Your beaches, parks, playgrounds, sporting fields and natural areas will be looked after by council staff.
Providing better local roads and infrastructure is still a major priority and will even be enhanced as we have been provided with extra funds from the NSW Government to invest in local projects.
Council has recently adopted a new Operational Plan and Budget for 2016-17 to deliver $540 million in essential services and $183 million on infrastructure.
Budget spending is focused on the key areas the community has told council are important to them – better roads and drainage, water and sewerage network, waste management, lakes, playgrounds and sporting fields.
Getting involved and finding information
There is now a Central Coast Council webpage but a full website will take some time to develop. So in the meantime you will still be able to access information through this website and you can contact Council as you always have on 4350 5555.
If you have a question about the new Council then check out our Frequently Asked Questions or you can email us too at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also get involved in our online community forum. Have Your Say Central Coast is an online hub, where our community can provide real input and direction into the projects and initiatives affecting their area and our region. Whether it be playgrounds, parks or major infrastructure this is the place to share your thoughts, ideas and opinions. Work with us and shape your community, your region, your future.
Next Local Government elections
Mr Reynolds will remain as Administrator of Central Coast Council until the next NSW Local Government elections to be held on 9 September 2017.
15 new Councillors will be elected across 5 wards. With three Councillors elected in each ward:
- Gosford West Ward
- Gosford East Ward
- The Entrance Ward
- Wyong Ward
- Budgewoi Ward
More information on the elections and proclamation can be found at www.strongercouncils.nsw.gov.au