Unprecedented Regional Collaboration Delivers Outcomes For The Central Coast

Date Published: 13-02-14

The Central Coast Region has celebrated the ongoing success of the Central Coast Regional Development & Employment Strategy (REDES). The Minister for the Central Coast, The Hon. Michael Gallacher MLC, today chaired the bi-annual meeting of the REDES Executive. Regional Development Australia Central Coast Chief Executive Officer, John Mouland said outcomes delivered from REDES demonstrates the direct benefit of the unprecedented regional collaboration between the three levels of government, business and the education sector.

“The purpose of the REDES strategy is to set a clear direction for the Central Coast region to develop the required environment for local jobs growth and a strong regional economy,” Mr Mouland said.

The REDES Executive Committee comprising Minister Gallacher, Mr Michael Whittaker (General Manager, Wyong Shire Council), Mr Paul Anderson (General Manager, Gosford City Council) and Mr Phil Walker (Acting Chair, Regional Development Australia Central Coast) highlighted some of the recent achievements of the REDES stakeholders.

Some of the major outcomes that have resulted from collaboration amongst REDES stakeholders include:

1. The Memorandum of Understanding signed with the University of Newcastle to secure a commitment to a higher education presence in the Gosford CBD has now progressed with the proposal for a Learning Centre and the establishment of a Research and Innovation Hub in the ‘Kibbleplex’ building in Gosford.

2. A $35m government investment that has allowed essential infrastructure works to commence for the Warnervale Town Centre development, which will create approximately 1700 local new jobs and 1600 new homes in the Wyong Shire.

3. Six regional Innovation Cluster Groups being established for the region to enable collaboration, investment, skills and job growth in the Music, Creative Industries, Telework, Manufacturing, Food and Social Enterprise Sectors.

4. A regional partnership that has resulted in the establishment of a Digital Learning Hub at the Gosford TAFE Campus and iTafe initiative, which will deliver a virtual online learning environment for the Central Coast Region.

5. A partnership between Gosford and Wyong Councils and Regional Development Australia Central Coast that deployed a suite of essential economic data and modelling tools for Central Coast businesses and organisations looking to relocate to the Central Coast Region

Minister Gallacher said the regionally significant outcomes that have already been delivered and the ongoing REDES action plans will directly assist in boosting the region's economy and will provide a framework for future jobs growth and investment.

“I congratulate the REDES Executive and the members of the Strategy Implementation Groups for the outcomes already delivered by the REDES Strategy and their ongoing commitment to regional collaboration and an exceptional future for the Central Coast region,” Minister Gallacher said.