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New smart planning should mean less cars

There has been some discussion lately about the future of the Peninsula with mayor Cr Jane Smith and Peninsula Chamber of Commerce president Mr Matthew Wales talking about the need for a renewed urban design.

This may be so, but what is the chamber’s real vision? The Peninsula needs an urban design that benefits the whole community and would include low-rise, mixed-use buildings with active street frontages, more trees and open spaces that will create a better urban amenity than currently exists. It doesn’t need more traffic lights and more layers of car parking. One of the main points of a coherent urban design is the transport system. The Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, is on the right track in relation to transport (Peninsula News, January 29), although what is required is future thought on transport and living spaces around the Peninsula that reflects projected climate change, sea level rise and technology.

The Peninsula needs a complete solution involving vertically integrated public transport for residents, commuters, school children and the elderly, not one-off projects. One possibility is the implementation of a light rail. Research by a Canberra university has shown utilisation of rapid transit can be successful in urban and regional areas of lower density and can be city-shaping, transforming communities when combined with long-term strategic urban planning.

A trackless light rail such as the ART in China could deliver considerable financial, social and environmental benefits to the area. This includes a flow-on effect to diversifying the economy, improving livability for the community and sustaining the environment by reducing traffic congestion and transport disadvantage, and increasing value capture and health via more walkable suburbs that are connected across the Peninsula.

Smart cities provide active transport, reliable sustainable public transport and urban design that responds to population growth but enhances the livability of locations. The money suggested to be spent on any major car parking project should be utilised in establishing a transport-orientated design project that services the whole of the Peninsula, looking at reducing traffic volumes rather than old engineering paradigms of more cars, more spaces to park them in and more traffic lights.



Central Coast Council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Rob Noble, officially stepped out of the position on Wednesday, September 20, handing over the reins to new CEO, Mr Brian Bell.
Mr Noble is leaving after two years as CEO at Wyong Shire Council and Central Coast Council, to return to his business and home in Queensland.
“I stayed longer than I originally intended, as I wanted to lead the new Central Coast Council through the amalgamation process, and support Administrator, Ian Reynolds, and our staff, in creating a vibrant and sustainable Central Coast,” Mr Noble said.“I am taking with me a lot of fond memories of the Central Coast.
“I have worked with some fabulous people and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work here,” he added.
Mr Bell has extensive experience in Local Government, spanning 50 years, including 12 years as General Manager of Lake Macquarie Council.
“Rob is leaving some very big shoes to fill,” Mr Bell said.
“He has led the transformation of two organisations into one Central Coast Council, and has created a solid foundation for the newly elected Council to build on,” Mr Bell said.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing to lead the organisation through this transition period to the elected Council, while continuing on the excellent course Rob has set for us.”
Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, echoed these sentiments.
“Rob has done an amazing job, and it is due to his hard work and leadership, that this Council has achieved as much as it has,” Mr Reynolds said.
“He is a transformational, charismatic leader and has left a great legacy, and will be greatly missed by staff.
“He is without doubt one of the best CEOs I have encountered in all my years in government, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.
“Brian Bell is well equipped to continue and build on Rob’s work.
“He lives here on the Coast and has led an award-winning Council, Lake Macquarie Council, for a number of years.
“He has the runs on the board and the commitment to continue to make Central Coast Council the very best it can be,” Mr Reynolds said.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, also thanked Mr Noble for his leadership of Council.
“Mr Noble’s stewardship of the amalgamated Council has placed the region in great stead for the future,” Mr MacDonald said.
With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the new Central Coast Council has been able to implement the following major Wyong region projects: Disability Matters – Improved accessibility to natural spaces across the Coast, $800,000; Community Facilities – Access and inclusion upgrades to community facilities across the Coast, $580,000; and, San Remo BMX facility – New amenities, $640,000.
“The Council is now in a strong financial position to serve its community,” Mr MacDonald said.



Your first few weeks at a new job can be exhilarating. It’s often fast-paced and full of brand new things that can reignite a spark that you lost. After all, that might’ve been your reason for looking for this new gig in the first place.

But, it can also be overwhelming. And when you look at all the meetings on your calendar, you might think that your goal is to survive it. You can always go back and re-learn anything you missed this week, right?

And in a lot of ways, that’s true. Nobody expects you to master everything you learn during your first month, especially when it comes to understanding the finer details about your company. But there is an important question you should ask in every meeting you have (when it makes sense, of course):

How can my work make your life easier?

You might be thinking, “I barely know where the coffee machine is! How can I think about helping anyone else right now?” And that’s totally fair. But on my first day at my current job, my boss suggested that I set up meetings with everyone on my team and ask each of them this question. It was terrifying, and if I’m being honest, I really didn’t want to do it. But I didn’t want to disappoint my new boss more, so I got over my fear and piped up.

And when I did, I was pleasantly surprised by how it went.

Some people had really strong opinions. Others told me that they hadn’t even thought about it, but appreciated that I opened the conversation with that question. But what I ultimately learned was that your intro meetings don’t have to be a one-way street.

As much as you have to learn, it’s important to remember that you were hired to bring something different to the table—and you can do that as early as your first week on the job.

Again, I’m not going to pretend that this won’t be uncomfortable. I also understand that in some meetings, this will be seen as completely out-of-context. But when the opportunity presents itself and it feels like the next natural thing to say—challenge yourself to say it.

And then, before you worry you’re putting too much on your plate, know that you can respond with, “That’s really interesting to hear, once I’m completely onboarded, I’d love to find more time to discuss how can I start making this happen.”

I know. Asking this question might not make your first month any easier, but it’ll make the exact right impression on your new team. Not to mention, it’ll set you up to prioritize your tasks correctly. So take a deep breath and do it!



The Central Coast 2036 Regional Plan clearly identifies Gosford as the capital of the region. “This thriving centre is a smart hub for health and education,” the plan said. 

The plan described what Gosford will be like in 2036: “The renewal of the city centre has attracted new residents, jobs, business and investment.” The plan sets out actions that will result in the growth of Gosford as the region’s capital including: “Coordinating government initiatives to attract business, residential development and complementary growth… will have fl ow-on benefi ts in helping to revitalise Gosford City Centre as a vibrant capital of the region.”

“The NSW Government will work with Council to promote commercial development through public investment and the relocation of public sector employment to the city centre,” remains a key platform in the government’s thinking about the city’s future. It points out that additional residential development will “help to build a livelier, more attractive and safer city centre. “The expansion of cultural and night time activities will support the tourism role of the city centre and complement tourism opportunities elsewhere in the region,” the plan said.

“Precinct planning will identify opportunities to grow and support the revitalisation of the city centre. “The focus will be on improving amenity, integrating transport, encouraging higher density housing within walking distance of the city centre and delivering community infrastructure.” According to the plan, the redevelopment of Gosford Hospital, including the addition of a Central Coast Medical School and Health and Medical Research Institute, will drive further investment in allied health and research. It also acknowledged the need to integrate planning for transport and car parking so that residents and workers can access the city centre.

The actions listed to grow Gosford as the region’s capital include focusing on professional, civic and health services for the region’s population, which suggests the city’s centre is expected to be the local government’s headquarters and main professional hub. The NSW Government’s fi nal regional plan commits to undertaking and integrating precinct planning “for the waterfront, arts and entertainment, city core, railway and hospital precincts to grow jobs and coordinate the delivery of improved transport infrastructure”.

Another action listed is to: “Attract and facilitate greater commercial development in Gosford City Centre by improving the public domain and providing opportunities for development through local planning controls”. Gosford City Centre will also be promoted as an attractive place to live, work and play through local planning controls that “support vibrant and safe cultural, entertainment and visitor activities”. Opportunities will be sought to better connect the east and west sides of the Gosford Railway Station, the plan said. The plan also promises to “ensure the development in Gosford City Centre responds to its natural setting and complements the public domain”.

Access to the city centre from the West and the North will also be improved under the plan. “The economy is strong and diversifi ed and is supported by effi cient freight and passenger connections to adjoining regions. “Proximity to Greater Sydney and Newcastle, bolstered by investment in transport infrastructure, has made it possible for residents to access a wider variety of jobs and services both within and beyond the region. “Tourism and recreation have become mainstays of the economy,” the plan said. The Regional Plan’s vision for the Central Coast is for settlement to be concentrated around existing urban and employment areas in the south and existing rural villages. It said “the scenic values and distinctive character of communities” would continue to underpin the social and cultural identity of the region.”

Communities will be better connected by an integrated transport system that prioritises cycling, walking and public transport. There will be enough housing to satisfy demand around Gosford City Centre, in growth corridors and local centres across the region. Greater housing supply will make housing more affordable. “The region’s renowned natural environment provides attractive settings for a range of lifestyles and is a drawcard for visitors beyond the region,” the plan said. Protecting the region’s coastal areas, water resources and biodiversity will assure the lifestyles, economic prosperity and environmental health of the region, the plan said.

To achieve the vision, the NSW Government set four goals for the region: a prosperous Central Coast with more jobs close to home; protect the natural environment and manage the use of agricultural and resource lands; wellconnected communities and attractive lifestyles; and, a variety of housing choice to suit needs and lifestyles. The plan puts contentious local issues such as land use west of the M1 motorway back on the agenda. For example, one “key action” in the plan is to: “Address land use needs west of the M1 Pacifi c Motorway to provide integrated and adaptable planning outcomes for natural assets, productive lands and rural lifestyles”. The NSW Government has released an implementation plan for 2016-18.

“A government direction will be issued to the Council so that when it prepares new planning proposals or updates local planning controls, they are consistent with the vision and guiding principles of this plan,” it said. An annual report will be prepared that presents indicators for housing, employment, communities and the environment, as well as advice to the government on the delivery of short-term actions, and the plan will be reviewed and adjusted every five years. According to the plan, the key to the future prosperity of the Central Coast “lies in leveraging the region’s many competitive advantages.

“They include a single Council, a strong labour force, a growing population, cost-effective housing and employment land, access to major markets, viable business locations, good transport infrastructure, an enviable natural environment and a community that cares about its future.” However, according to the plan, “At present there is a disconnect from these advantages. “Many people leave the region for work. “There is also a separation between infrastructure and growth, and the land use planning and policy decisions that will sustain the environment and resources for the future.”

The plan is intended to empower the Central Coast Council to work with the NSW Government to: foster economic development in strategic corridors and transport gateways; improve the network of vibrant centres that are accessible to residents; accelerate housing supply and increase housing choice within a well-planned and compact settlement pattern; and, secure environmental corridors to protect water resources, coastal areas and biodiversity.