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Council to consider urban shade and green space
Unemployment is worse on the Peninsula, says Tesch
Upgrade for Patonga boat ramp carpark
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Bulk-billing medical practice opens in Umina
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Community group tackles abandoned boats
Real estate employee mauled by dogs during inspection
Film about Mingaletta Aunties premieres this week
Tourism group welcomes Council plan
Comments sought on Bouddi park management plan
Mountain bike trails proposed for national park
Draft park plan includes climate change responses
Mains cleaning at Umina Heights and Pearl Beach
Quarterly bills introduced with lower water rates
Permission sought for underground tanks
Council approves five applications
New house subject to council approval
Emily to use fun run to raise money for Clown Doctors
Helen Ferguson succumbs to injuries
Unaware he had won
Community grants
Changeover at Woy Woy Rotary
High tea raises $950
Rotary club farewells exchange student
Ettalong garden beds to get a makeover
New president outlines his goals
Branch president named Woman of the Year
Beds 'important' for sporting and ageing populations
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Medium density plan will change local character forever
Need to remove dead tree
Full recovery expected after surfing accident
Climate change policy is a winner
What priority is given to species protection?
Developers have won hands down
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Umina resident shaves her head
Defibrillators installed in supermarkets
Staff celebrate anniversaries
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Free family-friendly jazz festival for Ettalong
Weaving workshop
Blues Across the Bay plans progress well
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Former student designs indigenous rugby jersey
Crossing supervisor leaves after 18 years
Farm welcomes twin lambs
Kindergarten students shown college farm
Knocked out of knockout competition
Comedy club to perform at eisteddfod
Peninsula students attend dance festival
Jesse takes part in vocal program
New campus principal appointed
Picnic in schoolgrounds over the holidays?
Recycled materials used to make sailboats
University students observe kitchen garden program
Learning woodworking at the Men's Shed
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Women's soccer clubs both win
Women's bowling club unfurls flags
Tom Payne takes out longboard title
Sherriff takes out third singles title
Qualified for world boxing championships
Raising money for amenities block
Umina boxer to make television debut
Elected to regional cricket board
Major Pairs champions
Woy Woy was beaten by Avoca Beach

Tourism group welcomes Council plan

Peninsula Tourism Partners has welcomed Central Coast Council's adoption of a draft Tourism Opportunity Plan, which aims to boost tourism in the region by $70 million.

Partners president Ms Kim Cole said: "We absolutely love the direction the Council is taking with their Tourism Opportunity Plan to promote the Central Coast Region as a vibrant magnetically attractive place to live, work and visit."

The plan, which aims for the long-term viability and sustainability of tourism for the Central Coast, will soon be on exhibition for public comment.

Among the short term projects identified in the plan are a food and beverage exploration trail; art and sculpture trail; twilight economy; heritage tourism; educational eco hub and indigenous experience; nature-based attractions and experiences such as bike paths, walkways, trails and pathway infrastructure highlighting arts, culture, heritage.

A staff report to the Council said the major challenge to grow the tourism market was to change perceptions about what the Central Coast offered.

The core challenges, according to the report, were an "embedded negative perception problem, monetisation (many activities are low dollar spends such as walking or the beach), depth and range of accommodation, lack of wow factor, low pride-in-place, poorly supported arts, culture and music scene and no night-time economy".

A marketing campaign was underway with a new comprehensive guide of activities, attractions, accommodation, restaurants and retail via a new website.

The report also stated that the region needed a thread to pull the region together in a "brand" which is woven into all marketing and communications to the three target groups of visitors, businesses and residents.

New investment was needed to create new reasons for people to visit, the report says.

This could be achieved through collaborative industry marketing, packaging of products such as accommodation and activities, and building strategic partnerships, for instance tapping into the NSW Food and Wine Tourism Strategy and maximising funding options through The Destination Sydney Surrounds North Destination Management Plan.

Ms Cole said the Peninsula Tourism Partners group was keen to support the plan.

She said there was great incentive for businesses and member of the community to be involved in "1000 Little Things" - small projects that would improve the visitor experience.

"What excites our team the most is that the Council have identified what makes the Central Coast different to other regions," she said.

"Yes, we have beautiful beaches and national parks but what is our point of difference?

"The end result is that we are a region rich of makers and creators: Artists, sculptors, musicians, actors.

"We support these findings and are looking forward in helping Council promote the Central Coast with their new plans."

She said Peninsula Tourism Partners was looking for new and creative ideas to draw in tourists.

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has encouraged local business owners to join the discussion.

"We're all trying to promote tourism to ensure our local businesses remain successful, and now we are coming together to pool our efforts," Ms Tesch said.

"To do this we need new innovative ideas which is why the Peninsula Tourism Partners and I are calling on business owners and tourism operators to come together so the whole area benefits from the growth."

Ms Tesch said that, despite being the new kids on the block, Peninsula Tourism Partners already had a strong track record in bringing increased tourism to the area.

"With many plans in the works, they have their sights set on making an impact."

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