19 August 2021 

Federal Liberal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks welcomed news that the NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro MP has acknowledged the Central Coast as a region. 

“This means if the case numbers on the Central Coast remain low, and if the health advice allows, we will come out of lockdown with the rest of regional NSW from 28th August, Ms Wicks said 

“We are no longer linked to Greater Sydney for the purpose of COVID-19 restrictions.” 

The Deputy Premier said “to make it easy, we’re redefining Greater Sydney and excluding Shellharbour and the Central Coast. So, from here onwards, the Central Coast and Shellharbour will be treated as regional.” 

“There has been considerable confusion over whether the Central Coast is classified as part of Greater Sydney, or as regional NSW,” Ms Wicks said 

“This is a huge win for around 13,500 local residents who signed our petition to make the Central Coast a stand-alone region with Gosford as our capital city. 

“It’s way past time that the Coast was recognised consistently as its own stand-alone region government departments, including for services, government grants and infrastructure funding. 

“This is an important step towards being declared as a stand-alone region within our own right and great news for the Central Coast. 

“I have written to both the NSW and Federal Governments highlighting how critical it is that the Central Coast has a clear and consistent definition.” 

Ms. Wicks said the low numbers of cases on the Central Coast was evidence that the majority of people were doing the right thing. 

‘’I think we deserve to be commended for doing the right thing – let’s keep it up.” 



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