Central Coast Council- FAQ

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Below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions from the community of the Central Coast Council Local Government Area.

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What do I call the new Council?
How was the new Council formed?
Who’s in charge?
What about Mayor and Councillors?
Who makes decisions now the Mayor and Council is gone?
When will a new Mayor and Council be elected?
What happens with Council meetings?
How do I contact Council?
What do I do if I need after-hours assistance?
What about water rates?
Where can I pay my rates and other fees and charges?
What are the changes to fees and charges?
What services will change?
Will any offices be closing?
How do I lodge any applications, including Development Applications, Tree Removal and Construction Certificates?
If something was previously permissible in Wyong Shire, but not Gosford City, or vice versa, does this mean it is now allowed across the whole Central Coast e.g. mobile food vans, subdivisions, development?
Will there be any changes to waste pick-ups?
What about the tree policies?
My family/friend works at Council. Will they lose their job?
Are currently advertised employment opportunities within Council still available?
What happens next?
How can I find out more information?
 

What do I call the new Council?

We are now known as Central Coast Council.
 

How was the new Council formed?

The new Council area includes the historic Wyong Shire and Gosford City Council Local Government Areas. The boundaries remain unchanged - no suburbs have been moved to Lake Macquarie Council.
 

Who’s in charge?

Mr Rob Noble has been appointed Interim General Manager and Mr Paul Anderson has been appointed Deputy General Manager.
 

What about Mayor and Councillors?

Wyong Shire and Gosford City Councils have been officially dissolved; this means there is no Mayor or Councillors and the new Central Coast Council is under administration until Council elections.

All Councillors will be invited to join councillor advisory committees if they want to continue to contribute as residents.
 

Who makes decisions now the Mayor and Council is gone?

The Minister for Local Government has appointed an administrator for the Central Coast Council, Mr Ian Reynolds.

Mr Reynolds replaces the role and function of the former Mayor and Councillors.
 

When will a new Mayor and Council be elected?

The proposed date of the first election of Councillors for the Central Coast Council is 9 September 2017.

The new Local Government Area (LGA) will have 15 elected Councillors and five wards. The Mayor of Council will be elected by Councillors in accordance with the Local Government Act.
 

What happens with Council meetings?

The first Council meeting will be held on 25 May 2016 at Central Coast Chambers, Wyong Office, 2 Hely St, Wyong at 5pm and will be open to the public.

In attendance will be administrator Mr Ian Reynolds, Interim General Manager Mr Rob Noble, Deputy General Manager Mr Paul Anderson and the Executive Team of the Central Coast Council.
 

How do I contact Council?

Continue to contact us as you always have. If you were part of the former Wyong LGA continue call 4350 5555 and if you were part of the former Gosford LGA continue to call 4325 8222.

All emails remain the same at this stage. General enquiries can still be sent to goscity@gosford.nsw.gov.au or wsc@wyong.nsw.gov.au 

We are working on establishing a new comprehensive website, though it will be some time until it is available. Until then both www.gosford.nsw.gov.au and www.wyong.nsw.gov.au will continue to be updated with all the latest information.

Make sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter keep up to date with any changes on what’s happening across the Coast. 
 


What do I do if I need after-hours assistance?

Continue to contact us as you always have. If you were part of the former Wyong LGA call 4350 5555 and if you were part of the former Gosford LGA call 4325 8222.
 
 

What about water rates?

Both Councils were due to make a pricing submission to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) this year for prices from 1 July 2017. However, given the proposed amalgamation, IPART agreed to defer the scheduled price review for 12 months.

This means the previous approved increase in water, sewerage and drainage prices will go ahead for the 2016/17 financial year and remain in place until IPART makes a determination for prices for the Central Coast Council for the 2018/19 financial year.
 

Where can I pay my rates and other fees and charges?

Continue to pay them as you always have.

Information on how to pay your rates, debtors and invoices can be found on your notice.
To pay your rates in person, you can continue to visit the Gosford or Wyong Civic Centres or any Australia Post Office (credit card not accepted).

Those in the former Wyong LGA can also pay rates, water rates and debtor statements at any Westpac branch across the Coast.

 You can continue to make payments at Tuggerah, Lake Haven, Wyong, The Entrance, Libraries and cashless rates payments at as they always have. Reminder: Tuggerah, Lake Haven and The Entrance branches have a cash limit of $20.

For online payments continue to use the sites you always have.

It will be some time until IT systems are merged allowing for all payments to be made at any Council office across the Coast.

Cheques and money orders are to be made out to Central Coast Council.

Any outstanding payments from Wyong Shire or Gosford City Councils still stand and are payable to Central Coast Council.
 

What are the changes to fees and charges?

Existing fees and charges remain in place – whatever former LGA you were part of those fees and charges will apply to you.

We are currently working on a new combined Operational Plan, which includes fees and charges, which will be made public in due course. 
 

What services will change?

It is business as usual. Continue to put your bin out as you always have, our libraries continue to offer the same services, roads are still being upgraded and construction on new recreational facilities for the region continues.
The new Central Coast Council will create some great opportunities for our region and allow us to provide improved services, drive growth and deliver infrastructure needs of our growing community.
 

Will any offices be closing?

No. Both Civic Centres, all libraries and depots as well as any other operational plants will continue to operate – it is business as usual.
 

How do I lodge any applications, including Development Applications, Tree Removal and Construction Certificates?

It is business as usual. Continue to lodge them as you would have prior to the merger announcement. All fees and charges quoted will remain the same until at least 30 June 2016.

Any changes to fees after this date will be dependent on Strategic Plan/Operational Plan endorsements.
 

If something was previously permissible in Wyong Shire, but not Gosford City, or vice versa, does this mean it is now allowed across the whole Central Coast e.g. mobile food vans, subdivisions, development?

No; any and all plans, policies, rules and regulations that existed before amalgamation remain in force for the former LGAs as directed by the Minister for local Government.

For example, if you are looking at making changes to your property you must still adhere to the Local Environment Plan of the former LGA your property is in.

In due course we will be reviewing and aligning all our plans, policies, rules and regulations and where required these will be placed on public exhibition for comment.

We will endeavour to communicate any major changes as they occur.
 

Will there be any changes to waste pick-ups?

No. All waste current collection days will remain the same throughout both Gosford and Wyong.
 

What about the tree policies?

There is currently no change to Tree Policies that exist for Wyong and Gosford.

Tree Policies are attached to the relevant Local Environment Policy (LEP) and so remain unaffected by the merger of the LGAs. It is unlikely there will be any changes to the LEP until a new elected body is in place and relevant process exhibition and community engagement has been undertaken.
 

My family/friend works at Council. Will they lose their job?

All permanent employees of the former Wyong Shire and Gosford City Councils are guaranteed three years employment with the new Central Coast Council from 12 May 2016, the official date of amalgamation.
 

Are currently advertised employment opportunities within Council still available?

Yes. Advertised employment opportunities are still available and the new positions will be held within Central Coast Council.
 

What happens next?

We are well prepared for this new chapter having had a dedicated team working over the last few months to ensure our staff can hit the ground running and continue to deliver the services you need and want.

As changes occur over the coming months and years we will communicate these to you, our community, as we always have.
 

How can I find out more information?

To find out more visit www.strongercouncils.nsw.gov.au