Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) is again advocating to keep the NSW Government’s $4.6M identity contribution toward the Winney Bay Cliff Top Walk project here on the Coast, following the final notice issued for the withdrawal of the funds by the NSW Government.

Initially awarded by the NSW Government in June 2018, the $4.6M funding was intended as a contribution toward a permanent pathway along a popular coastal stretch at Winney Bay, between Avoca and Copacabana beaches; however significant design changes to the project has led to a potential funding withdrawal.

RDACC Chair, Phil Walker, said withdrawal of the funding at this late stage would be a wasted opportunity for the entire Central Coast.

“Infrastructure NSW has issued Central Coast Council 21 days’ notice from August 28 to proceed with the intended project design, otherwise the funding will be withdrawn from our region altogether,” said Mr Walker.

“As RDACC supported Council in the development of the initial business case to secure this funding, we’re alarmed that the potential lack of a cohesive way forward in relation to the design of this project, will deny the economic and tourism benefits this project would attract for the broader Central Coast community.”

Mr Walker is again urging for cooperation and consideration of the bigger picture by all major stakeholders, to keep this funding here on the Coast.

“As we’ve stressed right from the very beginning, its imperative that we all work together to ensure that this funding remains here on the Coast.” added Mr Walker.