Date Published: 18-11-15

RDA Central Coast Chair, Mr Phil Walker, has congratulated Gosford and Wyong Council’s on their agreement to voluntarily merge as part of the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future reform process.

Mr Walker said, “The decision to voluntarily merge will ensure that our Central Coast community will now have an opportunity to have a say in how our new Central Coast Council will be formed and that the region will be able access $20 million in support from the NSW Government, to assist offsetting a small portion of the total amalgamation costs that will occur”.

“This week’s agreement is the start of a new future for our Central Coast region. Regional Development Australia Central Coast’s newly appointed Board are looking forward to working collaboratively with all sectors of our community to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved, for the entire Central Coast”.

“Regional Development Australia Central Coast is confident that the decision by the two Councils to form the one united entity will allow the Central Coast to proactively brand and market the Central Coast as a desirable region to visit, live and invest, which in time will greatly assist in addressing the regions higher than average unemployment rate and the 30,000 new jobs that need to be created on the Central Coast by 2030.

We look forward to assisting all levels of government, business and the community, to proactively work together to deliver the vibrant and successful future that the Central Coast rightly deserves.” Mr Walker said.