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CENTRAL COAST Council has urged Old Sydney Town owner, Richard Chiu, to submit his plans for the site as soon as possible.

In an exclusive interview last week with the Central Coast Express Advocate, the millionaire global hotel magnate said he was willing to rebuild the theme park even better than before if Central Coast Council rezoned 30 per cent of his surrounding landholding for residential or commercial development.

Mr Chiu said Old Sydney Town occupied only ten per cent of his Somersby land — and rezoning some of this would make it feasible for his company to take the financial risk of resurrecting the theme park.

Mr Chiu said he had proposed this to the former Gosford Council over the years but had been refused.

In it’s response to Mr Chiu, Central Coast Council said it was ready to hold discussions about the future of Old Sydney Town at any time.

“Land owners, who wish to rezone land, can lodge a planning proposal with Council with relevant technical studies to justify the proposed use of that land in accordance with the Central Coast Regional Plan, local planning strategies and environmental attributes of the site,” the council said.

“Council encourages open and honest discussion with landowners about their plans and the owner of the Old Sydney Town site is welcome to meet with Council to discuss his plans at any time.”



Central Coast Council has received a $12,473,852 Federal Government grant to help the council deliver vital services and infrastructure for the Central Coast such as fixing roads, funding new infrastructure and investing in environmental programs.

The Financial Assistance Grants scheme provides funding in two parts – the first is open for councils to use the funding on local priorities and the second is specifically for roads.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the initiative gives councils the freedom to fund projects the community needs the most.

“The council can spend the grant money how, when and on what they choose, including infrastructure renewal and maintenance of local roads and bridges,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I want to thank Senator Fiona Nash for restoring the estimated 3.4 per cent indexation, which will provide an additional $24 million to our state’s councils.”

NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton welcomed the funding, which the NSW Government administers.

“We want every dollar that goes into Local Government to count for every ratepayer,” Ms Upton said.

“This Federal Government program provides councils with another boost to support local projects and services.”

Federal Local Government Minister Senator Fiona Nash said the early distribution was part of a suite of measures aimed at benefitting regional Australia.

“This allows councils to start projects early, or earn interest on this money, or it may help them put up their contribution for grants applications for projects in their area,” Minister Nash said.

“Along with the reinstatement of indexation for Financial Assistance Grants, the Building Better Regions Fund, Roads to Recovery and Bridges to Renewal, we’re looking after local councils.” 



FROM speakers to sneakers, the Central Coast’s political world was anything but dull this week.

Shoppers at Lakeside Shopping Centre at The Entrance did a double-take on Thursday when Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen popped in accompanied by the new Dobell federal Labor MP Emma McBride on one of her first official gigs as the local MP.

The pair met with representatives of local chambers of commerce and small business owners including Ron Stevens, president of Wyong Regional Chamber and John Millard, the president of The Entrance chamber.

They had also visited Tuggerah where they met with Daniel Farmer, regional manager of the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber.

“Small business is central to the success of our region and I am pleased that the shadow Treasurer has identified the Central Coast as a priority,” Ms McBride said.

“There is so much opportunity in our region and Chris and I were excited to hear first-hand from business owners and chamber representatives.”

Ms McBride and Mr Bowen’s visit to Lakeside on Thursday afternoon coincided with a Central Coast Council pop-up stall manned by council administrator Ian Reynolds.

While the aim was to put a face to the name, it wasn’t long before he was swamped by individuals and groups vying for his attention.

The same attention that may have been lapped up by former Wyong Mayor Doug Eaton when he popped out of bushes at the official opening of the Magenta shared cycle-pathway last week, wearing his red vest, and cheering on the first cyclists to use the pathway.

Meanwhile, Terrigal state Liberal MP Adam Crouch said he was thrilled with his latest appointment as temporary speaker of the House of Legislative Assembly.

Appointed to the position by the first female speaker in the history of the NSW Parliament, Shelley Hancock, Mr Crouch was one of several temporary speakers appointed.

“This appointment has come as a surprise and an honour to be appointed by the Speaker of the House,” Mr Crouch said.

“I hope that I can fulfil my role with the utmost respect and decorum as befits the position and follows in the steps of many since the first appointment of Sir Daniel Cooper in 1856.”

The formal declaration of the poll for the 2016 election of NSW senators was held today in the Sydney office of the Australian Electoral Commission today where Central Coast-based Labor senator Deb O’Neill was among 12 senators sworn in.

This will be the former federal Labor MP for Robertson’s second term as senator.

Source Denice Barnes, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate