Local lifestyle promoted in draft regional plan
A 15-minute region where locals could access their needs within a short walk or cycle is the focus of a renewed 20-year vision for the Central Coast released by the NSW Government for community feedback.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the draft Central Coast Regional Plan 2041 sets out how state and local governments would deliver housing, jobs and infrastructure to support the region's growth for the next 20 years.
"This is our blueprint to ensure the Central Coast prospers and the community's feedback is critical to make sure we get it right," Mr Crouch said.
"Tourism will play a major role in helping our region recover from the pandemic, which is why we proposed strategies to keep public transport operating later and allow bars and galleries to open longer in our tourist hotspots.
"Housing affordability is a key priority and the Plan would set up a group of housing experts and service providers to track and supply the land, housing and infrastructure needed for communities to thrive."
Mr Crouch went on to quote Planning Minister Mr Rob Stokes, Urban Design Institute of Australia regional chair Mr Caine King and Business NSW regional director Ms Paula Martin in support of the plan, but no local community representatives.
Mr Crouch said: "The draft Central Coast Regional Plan 2041 Plan sets out strategies for how government and stakeholders would work together to achieve its seven key objectives which centre on jobs, aboriginal self-determination, housing, green infrastructure and net zero emissions."
The draft plan is available at https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/centralcoast2041.
Members of the public may make submissions until Friday, March 4.
Media release, 7 Dec 2021
Adam Crouch, Central Coast Secretary