Chair’s Message – Autumn 2023


2023 has seen a promising start to the year, with a change of government in NSW and four out of five Central Coast seats held by members from the governing party. This is good news for the Coast, as it means a collectively strong voice to attract funding and investment to our region.

As all our sitting members are familiar faces, I look forward to continuing to work with each of you to achieve good things and secure a bright future for Central Coast residents. I congratulate our elected officials and thank them all for their service to the Central Coast.

When we work together good things happen, and this has been proven time and again. The collective development of the Central Coast Infrastructure Priorities List has to date attracted $1.5B in critical infrastructure funding to our region and RDACC will continue to facilitate this level of regional collaboration to achieve results.

As we move forward into this new era, we will continue to focus on our regional priorities of attracting infrastructure investment, supporting modern manufacturing, building skills and creating jobs, and regional housing affordability. By concentrating our efforts in these areas, we will drive the economic growth and prosperity of our entire region.

To this end, RDACC has established dedicated committees to tackle several of these big issues. Comprised of RDACC board members and skill-based nominees, the three committees will work to address Jobs and Skills, Infrastructure and Development, and Leadership and Collaboration.

The beginning of 2023 has also seen a new wave of development and construction happening in and around the Gosford CBD, which is heartening for everyone who has campaigned for many years to create a capital city that the Coast deserves.

Multimillion-dollar residential and commercial developments, as well as the soon-to-be constructed world-class university campus will change the face of our city and bring widespread economic and employment benefits to everyone on the Coast.

Meanwhile, plans are continuing to redevelop Gosford’s waterfront precinct, with many of the issues that have stalled these plans in the past being worked through so we can gain some real action in this area.

It’s been a promising start to the year and RDACC will work to continue this momentum, so the Central Coast can call 2023 its best year yet.

Lawrie McKinna

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