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Woy Woy designated as town centre like Gosford
New planning controls to increase residential density
Firefighters rescue trapped ducks
Sporties 'determined to reinvent itself' over summer
No Woy Woy masterplan before 2020, councillors told
Greenfield Rd funding is 'testament to united community'
Consultation about skate park upgrade
Chamber calls for comment on new planning controls
Campaign attracts 48 submissions against proposal
Dave Abrahams to run for Robertson
Holstein warns small business may lose in regional plan
Accidents continue at railway crossing, says Tesch
Peninsula heritage grants total $30,000
Community group receives grant for urban shade
Community association calls for tree plan submissions
Remind politicians: Walking track needs repair
Mixed use development proposed for Hardys Bay
Churches to hold Festival of Nine Lessons
Students gather at youth leadership forum
Couple celebrates 60 years of marriage
Class lists delayed due to fluctuating student numbers
Community carols to be held at Hardys Bay
Ferry service to Gosford carols
Tree sales to support grandparents program
Umina is PCYC club of the year
Men's shed receives grant for dust extraction
Bungaree weekend was 'joyous'
Events calendar for Ettalong is drafted
Construction certificate issued for Bourke Rd units
Certificate issued for five-unit development
Mixed-use development to proceed in Killcare
Killcare fence decision deferred
Marine life increases in Hardys Bay, say residents
Briefing about ocean oil and gas search
Woy Woy dog receives Christmas treat
Report of theft in the Bays
Rotary club sponsors soy milk machines
Year of slow progress for community association
CWA branch sends Christmas package to the Pillaga
Driftwood Christmas tree erected
Cinema under the stars
Free passes to leisure centre
Umina CWA supports Coast Shelter
Pearl farm offers tour of its facility
New ownership for veterinary practice
Council says drought continues despite rain
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Council claims are bureaucratic waffle and pettifogging
Have five connected council meeting venues
Insulting energy suppliers do not deserve success
Housing strategy claim is patently absurd
Media initiative is desperately needed
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Woy Woy is good hospice location, says campaigner
Bowlers raise $16,000 for hospital equipment
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Ettalong resident wins inaugural poetry competition
Choir rounds out the year
British publisher launches debut novel
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Most Peninsula school canteens assessed as healthy
Schools celebrate teacher accreditation
School will revert to long lunch and short recess
Gold cup in Colour Run
Bands play at college concert
Special education classes give musical performances
End-of-year drama
Goalball success
Grandparents day
Students decorate homework centre
Students enter science competition
Inter-school music workshop at Umina
Students win silver medals
School performances finish
New student leaders at Umina
New exhibition opens in Ettalong
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Stridsman is runner-up on Sportsperson of the Year
Touch football teams crowned NSW champions
Upgrade for Austin Butler Oval
Best batting performance by Spirit this year
Soccer club announces coaching appointments
Administrator wins $26,000 for club
Medals won at junior carnival
Free putt putt golf sessions
Woy Woy swim club competes
Waterview bowling carnival
Bowling club of the year

Woy Woy designated as town centre like Gosford

Woy Woy has been designated a "principal town centre" in a review conducted for Central Coast Council which was adopted at the December 10 council meeting.

The staff review has recommended a hierarchy for town centres that would see Woy Woy classified along with Wyong, The Entrance, Gosford and Terrigal as principal town centres.

Umina and Ettalong, as well as Toukley, Long Jetty, Budgewoi, Avoca and Kincumber, would become "major town centres ... all of which should have a targeted and coordinated place activation focus for Council".

"It is a key finding of this review that a more formalised and centrist approach is required within Council to ensure that we are properly servicing the identified principal and major town centres," the review written by council staff said

"To meet this objective, an expansion of responsibilities and staffing would be needed," it said.

The review also identified a "gap in the regional delivery of economic development for the Central Coast, particularly by Central Coast Council.

"Key aspects of strategic economic development linked to the needs of expectations of the community, such as sustainability, jobs generation, transport planning and support of innovation and start up businesses, are not currently being adequately addressed," the review said.

The aim of the review was to "focus on holistic place management and activation, effectively addressing the interdependencies between effective asset management, marketing and promotion, tourism, business development, economic development and delivery of quality events within key precincts.

"The future management of town centres should aim to provide a strategic, streamlined and cost-effective approach, to ensure priority service delivery of town centre management functions.

"In a region as large and diverse as the Central Coast, the definition of a 'town centre' is important to establish, to ensure that coordinated resources are focused on areas that provide the best opportunity to achieve place activation, economic development and social connection to our community."

All commercial property owners within the former Gosford Local Government Area pay Special Rate Levies, but only Gosford has been serviced by a third party entity responsible for marketing, promoting, event delivery, business development and varying levels of asset maintenance.

The review found that Council provided "limited and varying funding levels" which meant the town centres on the Peninsula struggled to get funding for events.

"Little funding is directly targeted towards activities or projects," the review said.

"In the absence of a dedicated focus or town centre management team within Council, little coordination or strategic decision is taken to ensure capital works projects, maintenance or events and activations meet broader objectives," it said.

Another finding was that aligned delivery of services such as security and cleaning would ensure best value and consistent service levels.

The review recommended that Council request the CEO to investigate how to resource a dedicated team within Council to coordinate town centre management.

Another recommendation was for Council to work with the NSW Business Chamber to develop a model to specifically support local economic and business development initiatives.

Council will also establish an external regional model to provide a regional focus and direction for delivery of economic development, marketing and promotion, business development and attraction of major events for town centres across the Coast.

A professional board for the regional model will be considered.

The Place Activation section within Council will be expanded to ensure best practice internal coordination of assets, contract management, leasing, delivery of events and services.

Central Coast Council Mayor, Clr Jane Smith, said th report back to Council should also "consider how we consult and engage with communities in those town centres".

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