The NSW Government is committed to supporting strong communities across the Central Coast.
Governments are judged by the outcomes they deliver for communities.
We have worked hard to build a strong budget and restore NSW to its rightful place as the number one economy in the country. We are rolling out a record-breaking infrastructure program that is already having a positive impact across all parts of the state. Most importantly, we are a government that wants Regional NSW to thrive and feel supported.
Our Regions is a package of materials designed to showcase the work being undertaken in communities across Regional NSW. It is a source for information about the projects we have committed to, that we are building, and that have already been delivered. The material will highlight some of the projects occurring in health, education, transport, roads, sport, the arts, and the community sector.
It paints a clear picture of the progress that is happening around you. More importantly, it shows a government working for you; a government dedicated to people and families in regional communities.
Please take the time to inspect your local Our Regions section on the website, or pick up a copy of your local Our Regions brochure. It is a great way to ensure you are aware and engaged with the work that is occurring in your region.
The information available online will be continually updated, as the investments we make in Regional NSW continue to roll out.
Our government is determined to make sure that every regional community continues to grow, attract more investment, and create an even better quality of life for its citizens not just for tomorrow, but also for decades to come.
NSW Deputy Premier
Regional service delivery priorities for the Central Coast
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring the people of regional NSW have the best access to essential services and infrastructure in regional Australia. We recognise the importance of ensuring all regional communities can access the essential services of a modern economy. We believe our geography brings enormous opportunity, and should not deter people from choosing where they live, work and play.
To help deliver on this commitment, the NSW Government has developed Regional Service Delivery Priorities to improve local services according to each region’s specific needs.
The priorities are based on existing state-wide programs that address local challenges and benefit communities. The NSW Government will provide updates on the priorities’ progress over the next year.
Support student wellbeing in Central Coast schools
State-wide target: 100 per cent of schools to have school counselling services by January 2019.
School counselling services can improve student mental health as well as attendance and graduation rates, while reducing discipline issues.
The Supported Students, Successful Students initiative will provide Central Coast schools with new counselling and psychology services, more wellbeing services and graduate scholarships to recruit more school counsellors.
Improve connectivity for the Central Coast
State-wide target: 174 new or upgraded mobile base stations to be delivered in regional NSW by 2019.
Mobile phone coverage along major transport routes and in smaller communities is a significant challenge. Across NSW in 2016, there were over 3,200 reported regional blackspot locations affecting businesses, services and assistance during natural disasters.
The NSW Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver new and upgraded mobile base stations for the Central Coast, reducing blackspot locations, improving lives and potentially even saving them.
Deliver quality infrastructure for the Central Coast
State-wide target: Local infrastructure projects to have commenced implementation in target regions by 2019.
The Stronger Country Communities Fund is investing $200 million in NSW over the next two years. To make the Central Coast region a more vibrant place to live and work, infrastructure projects will improve the lives of residents. The fund will help boost productivity and make the region a more attractive place for individuals and businesses looking to re-locate.
Explore the map below to find out more about the projects happening in your area.
Making dialysis more accessible on the Coast
Essential treatment should support life as well as preserve it. For northern Central Coast residents who rely on dialysis, there is closer treatment available with the opening of new satellite services in Long Jetty.
Protecting lives on Central Coast beaches
We are a beach loving country, but the water can be a dangerous place. Fortunately, for its community, Surf Live Saving Central Coast has made the most of an innovative grant and turned beach safety around.
The Central Coast is located at the centre of NSW’s fastest growing corridor, Sydney to Newcastle. Known for its pristine beaches, numerous waterways, national parks, lush hinterland and rich cultural heritage, the Central Coast is an attractive place to live, work and play.
The region has a skilled workforce and a diverse economy with sector expertise in healthcare and social assistance, food manufacturing, tourism, logistics, agriculture and construction. The Central Coast’s convenient access to major markets makes it an ideal location for both business and industry.
Drivers – economic, social and environmental
The Central Coast is well serviced by road and rail infrastructure, with passenger and freight connections through the region. Strategically located for logistics such as warehousing, distribution and movement of freight, the Central Coast has cost-effective access to key consumer markets and export opportunities.
The Central Coast is home to several household food manufacturing brands and agricultural production industries specialising in poultry, citrus and horticulture. Overseas and domestic demand will support growth in these sectors.
The region’s strong services base will continue to drive employment opportunities in health, education, retail and other service sectors. Growth is expected in knowledge based industries, which can provide more opportunities for professional, technical and scientific services, and the education and training sectors.
By 2036, the Central Coast’s population is expected to grow to more than 415,050, driving the need for employment, investment in infrastructure and housing construction growth.
The region’s ageing population means 27 per cent of people will be aged above 65 by 2036, placing demand on health care and social services, which is already the largest sector of employers on the Central Coast.
State-of-the-art medical facilities and a diverse range of primary and secondary health care services provide high-quality health care within the region. Ongoing investment in these sectors will be critical to meet the needs of the growing population.
Approximately 23 per cent of employed residents travel outside the region for work. Supporting economic growth, increasing skills training and improving Year 12 or equivalent completion rates will provide the opportunity to grow and retain our workforce within the region.
Regional Growth Fund
The NSW Government has a new approach to supporting growth and business potential which means all residents of regional NSW will see the benefits of strong economic management. To support this new approach, the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund has been created to deliver the infrastructure to help regional economies expand, and to improve the amenity for people living in regional NSW. The Regional Growth Fund is designed to activate local economies and create jobs by building and upgrading infrastructure, improving facilities and investing in sports, arts and culture in eligible regional communities.
The Regional Growth Fund includes:
- Growing Local Economies – Unlocking economic potential by building or upgrading power, transport and telecommunications links and water and sewerage services
- Resources for Regions – Supporting the infrastructure needs of mining-affected regional economies
- Connecting Country Communities – Investing in better mobile phone and internet connectivity to support businesses and families living and working in regional areas and drive regional productivity
- Regional Sports Infrastructure – Supporting participation and high achievement in sport for regional NSW communities by improving facilities
- Regional Cultural Fund – Delivering investment to support bold and exciting regional arts and culture
- Stronger Country Communities Fund – Supporting councils and community groups to deliver crucial local infrastructure to improve quality of life.
These programs are in addition to the $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund which supports environmental assets, tourism infrastructure and attractions to drive greater visitation and spend across regional NSW.
Our actions in the region
We are actively contributing to strong and healthy regional communities through these initiatives.
Creating jobs and growing the regional economy
Increasing employment and training opportunities for young people
- Boost youth employment opportunities in the region through several initiatives, including the Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program.
Expanding and diversifying local economic activity and increase business investment
- Diversify the Central Coast’s economy with the appointment of a Coordinator General to drive outcomes under the Central Coast Regional Plan, including supporting growth in the Somersby-Erina and Tuggerah-Warnervale economic corridors.
- Develop the Central Coast’s Investment Profile to improve access to information about business investment opportunities in the region, and implementing payroll tax rebates for eligible businesses to employ staff.
Making energy more affordable for small business and low-income households
- Deliver low-income household rebates of $285 and a Family Energy Rebate of $180 via the energy affordability package to support approximately 900,000 customers across NSW struggling to pay energy bills.
- Deliver more than 17,000 energy efficient fridges and televisions to low income households through the Appliance Replacement Offer.
- Deliver more than $8 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades to 2,800 social housing properties across the state.
- Save small businesses up to $1,900 on the yearly bill through discounts on equipment upgrades.
Using new technology to improve transport efficiency and innovation in regional NSW
- Local innovators and industry leaders will be invited to collaborate with the NSW Government’s Smart Innovation Centre to trial automated vehicles in regional NSW.
- Trial On Demand public transport for regional NSW. Industry and regional transport operators will be invited to partner with the NSW Government in the trials.
Delivering essential infrastructure
Deliver key transport, health and community infrastructure to address the current and future needs of the Central Coast, including:
- replacing the current trains servicing the Sydney to Central Coast trip
- upgrading Gosford, Wyong and Gorokan High Schools
- investing $383.5 million in the Gosford Hospital redevelopment and car park
- investing $200 million for the Wyong Hospital redevelopment.
Central Coast and Newcastle Line
- The new timetable will provide a faster Newcastle service to Sydney. As part of a six-month trial, commuters will save more than 35 minutes each day between the Newcastle Interchange and Central Station as well as fewer stops creating faster journey times late at night.
Improving education results and growing healthy kids
Continuing to improve education results (improving NAPLAN results by focussing on literacy and numeracy):
- Deliver $332 million across the state for early childhood education and preschools from 2018 to 2022 under Start Strong.
- Provide $42 million for government schools in the Central Coast, giving principals flexibility to direct funding to local school and individual student needs to improve learning outcomes under the 2018 Resource Allocation Model.
Helping kids get active
- Invest $207 million over four years through the Active Kids Rebate allowing parents to claim up to $100 per school child, per calendar year (as a voucher from 31 January 2018) to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and structured fitness or physical activity.
Protecting the vulnerable
Improving the lives of vulnerable young people and their families
We are providing support and services to vulnerable young people to assist them with housing, education and employment opportunities. Support includes:
- linking children and families through the state’s first Multi Agency Response Centre in Wyong
- responding to the complex needs of students and their families/carers through Networked Specialist Centres
- addressing youth homelessness by providing assistance to 16-24 year olds to secure long term private rental with subsidised rent for up to three years under the Rent Choice Youth program
- implementing Youth Private Rental Subsidy and the Homeless Youth Assistance Program, helping children to reconnect to their families and young people to find long-term sustainable accommodation.
Addressing domestic and family violence
We are addressing domestic and family violence through a diverse range of support services and programs, with additional funding to expand support programs, including:
- providing subsidised rent through Start Safely Private Rental Assistance for up to three years to those escaping domestic violence or at risk of homelessness
- implementing Safer Pathway to assist victims and children with specialised case management and referral
- implementing Safe Home for Life initiatives to ensure focus on each child’s experience
- trialling What’s Your Plan?, a world-first program to improve compliance with Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders for Aboriginal defendants
- targeting repeat offenders and expanding the Explore, Question, Understand, Investigate, Practice and Succeed (EQUIPS) program to reduce reoffending
- applying the Practice Guide to Intervention to target higher risk domestic violence offenders already under Community Corrections supervision.
Increasing the supply of social housing
- The $22 billion state-wide Communities Plus building program is delivering additional vibrant mixed social housing. The program includes up to 23,000 new and replacement social housing dwellings, 500 affordable housing dwellings, and up to 40,000 private dwellings across NSW. We have invested $128.1 million to deliver 318 dwellings across 20 major regional centres including in the Central Coast. The Social and Affordable Housing Fund is increasing supply in the region.
Keeping families together
- As part of Their Futures Matter, better models for keeping families together will be implemented in the Central Coast. The models are based on the latest evidence and best practice for treating the underlying causes of harm and trauma. More than 900 places will be available each year for NSW families, with half of the places for Aboriginal families. These models will be implemented in more than 14 priority locations in NSW, including Wyong.
Rebuilding strength in socially disadvantaged communities
- The NSW Government is improving social housing across 13 areas in the Central Coast including North Gosford, The Entrance and Woy Woy, through the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.
Restoring children to families from out-of-home care
- The $7m Newpin Social Benefit Bond helps return children to parents from out-of-home care, where it is safe to do so. Across NSW, the program has restored 203 children to their families and prevented children from 55 families from entering care since the program began in 2013, representing a restoration rate of 63 per cent. A Newpin Centre has opened in Wyong.
Reducing drug and alcohol use
Reduce drug and alcohol related crime, creating safer and more secure communities and providing more treatment services for people struggling with addiction through targeted programs and campaigns engaging the community and licensed venues, including:
- reinvigorating the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment program for defendants with drug and alcohol problems and expanding the program to locations where need is greatest
- supporting the ‘Barred from One, Barred from All’ campaign targeting illicit drug use and violence at licensed premises.
Building the capacity of people in social housing to get employment
- Provide greater opportunities to social housing clients to become work-ready through training and education through the Career Pathways program by working with local employers to identify courses to meet emerging employment opportunities.
Providing parenting support for new mothers and babies
- An additional $4.25 million will be delivered over four years to the Sustaining NSW Families Program, supporting expectant mothers to prepare for the birth of their child and providing ongoing holistic support till the child’s second birthday through regular home visits from nurses. In the Central Coast the program will expand to provide an additional 25 places.
Reducing youth homelessness
- Reduce youth homelessness and increasing support for young people at risk of homelessness is one of our commitments. The Premier’s Youth Initiative has allocated $40 million over four years across targeted locations in NSW. This initiative will support 30 clients in the Central Coast with personal advisors, education and employment mentoring, and long-term accommodation to help them gain independence.
Supporting the wellbeing and growth of our regional communities
Improving economic outcomes for the Aboriginal community:
- Support the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council to assess and prioritise sites for housing, employment and long-term conservation to benefit the local Aboriginal community and the region.
Locally developed solutions to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people
- Work with Aboriginal communities in the region to ensure their meaningful input into decisions that affect their lives by continuing to work with the Barang Regional Alliance to support the Government’s commitment to deliver services better suited to the needs of Central Coast Aboriginal communities.
Improving the health and wellbeing of the Central Coast population
Implement the Central Coast Integrated Care Strategy to strengthen integrated support services, empowering people to self-manage their medical needs to tackle issues such as smoking, high alcohol consumption and obesity including programs encouraging healthy lifestyle, including:
- Central Coast Healthy Active Living
- Cancer and Diabetes Plan
- Get Healthy in Pregnancy
- NSW Aboriginal Knockout Health Challenge.
Protecting our environment and managing our land & water
Improving the environmental performance of quarries to achieve better outcomes for the community
- The Environment Protection Authority is upgrading environment protection licenses for air and water emissions from quarries to ensure community confidence in environmental outcomes.
Protecting and preserving our native plants and animals
- Conserve biodiversity under the $100 million Saving our Species program.
- Invest in new conservation lands under the Warnervale Town Centre Biodiversity Offset program.
- Study four threatened plant species on the Central Coast to identify long-term conservation measures under the Saving our Species program, Office of Environment and Heritage.
Understanding our groundwater supplies
- A new 3D geological model of the Sydney-Gunnedah Basin will be used to understand the extent and location of potential water resources and groundwater aquifers.
Protecting our coasts from erosion
- Provide support to local councils to address coastal erosion, estuary health and floodplain management risks for their communities as part of the $83.6 million Coastal Management state-wide reform, through the Coastal and Estuary grants program and the Floodplain Management grants program.
- Gain certification for coastal zone management plans covering Central Coast Beaches.