Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the Central Coast Strategy for Economic Growth had a particular focus on unlocking land for employment.
“We know the Central Coast is an incredible place to live and play. We’re now investing in unlocking key employment sites to create the jobs and opportunities for the future, strengthening the local economy and improving lives,” Mr Stokes said.
“The Central Coast will thrive as part of the NSW Government’s Six Cities vision. With commitments for faster rail at Wyong and a new university campus at Gosford, we’re backing the Central Coast to grow a stronger economy, invest in better services, and make lives easier for local families.”
Developed by the Greater Cities Commission in partnership with Central Coast Council, NSW Government agencies and key stakeholders, the Strategy’s priorities include innovation and industry collaboration; unlocking employment lands; streamlining conservation plans; activating the new University of Newcastle campus; building on the Gosford Health and Wellbeing Innovation Precinct; delivering a high-speed internet network; and accelerating development approvals.
The Innovation District has its foundation in the Education and Employment precinct, with a flagship new university campus in Gosford welcoming its first students in 2025 and a state of the art innovation hub in close proximity to TAFE and schools.
The Health and Wellbeing precinct anchored by Gosford Hospital and the Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care and the Central Coast Clinical School, provide new opportunities for complementary allied and private health services to locate to the District.
The District drives knowledge creation, talent development and industry collaboration, acting as a beacon for leading businesses in food production, health and manufacturing.
The Central Coast Strategy for Economic Growth was informed by community consultation beginning in 2020. Its delivery will be further supported by the Six Cities Region Plan, to be developed during 2023.