Fourth Developer Forum Strengthens Regional Collaboration


Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) today joined the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW, in hosting another successful Central Coast Developer’s Forum.

The fourth event in the productive and popular series saw government representatives, regional leaders and local developers coming together to improve development and economic outcomes for the Central Coast.

RDACC Chair, Lawrie McKinna, says the well-attended forum marks yet another significant step towards increased regional collaboration.

“Since we began these developer forums in 2021 we’ve seen a definite shift in increasing cooperation between Central Coast Council and our local developers,” says Mr McKinna.

“We are pleased to have council representatives present at each of these events and participate in discussions about the challenges and frustrations developers have traditionally experienced within our region.

“These forums have strengthened the relationship between government and industry here on the Central Coast, as today we heard updates about the progress that has been made between UDIA, Council, the Greater Cities Commission and local developers through ongoing discussions and meetings instigated by these forum events.”

The forum also featured presentations by UDIA NSW, the Greater Cities Commission, the NSW Department Planning and Environment (DPE) and the Department Regional NSW (DRNSW).

RDACC CEO and Director Regional Development, John Mouland, says in addition to strengthening regional collaboration, the forums are an important avenue to share information and updates about the constantly evolving state of development on the Central Coast.

“The forums are an important source of knowledge sharing and help to strengthen the understanding for all participants of constraints and opportunities that exist across our region,” says Mr Mouland.

“Today’s event provided updates on the Central Coast Regional Plan, the formation of the NSW Government’s Urban Development Program (UDP) Committee for the Coast, the Central Coast Strategic Conservation Plan (biocertification), and a number of other key factors that influence development here on the Coast.

“Looking ahead, the next Developer Forum is planned for early 2023 to continue the momentum we’ve achieved regarding improved development conditions, drivers for investment, job creation and ensuring there is adequate housing supply for our current and projected population growth”.

Image (L-R): (L-R) Caine King (UDIA), John Mouland (RDACC), Lawrie McKinna (RDACC), Elizabeth York (UDIA), Alice Howe (CCC), Sarah Winter (GCC) and William Oxley (DPE).