8 July 2021
Federal Liberal Member for Robertson is renewing calls to make the Central Coast a stand-alone region with Gosford as its capital city.
“It’s time,” said Ms Wicks. “The Central Coast needs to be declared a stand-alone region with Gosford as its capital city, not as part of the Greater Sydney, Newcastle or Hunter regions,” Ms Wicks said.
Ms Wicks, who has been lobbying the NSW Government for the region change for over 12 months, said the extended COVID-19 lockdown has highlighted the need for the Central Coast region to be excluded from the Greater Sydney catchment definition.
“Central Coast businesses are suffering under this extended lockdown and while I applaud the NSW Government for prioritising lives and keeping people safe, it has really highlighted the challenges of being lumped in with Greater Sydney,” Ms Wicks said.
The Federal Member for Robertson said she has previously lobbied her Liberal colleagues over the issue.
“I met with NSW representatives about this issue in August 2020 and held a stakeholder roundtable in September last year and the case for us being a stand-alone region has only strengthened since then,” she said.
“The Central Coast has a unique identity, Ms Wicks said. “We are now one Central Coast Council and home to over 340,000 residents, a population larger than Wollongong, Geelong and Hobart.
“I have faith that the Premier can require the NSW Government to agree to a common definition for the Central Coast and declare Gosford as our capital city and I am calling on the state government to do so.”
“By having a consistent definition, government policies can be more effectively implemented in the region, as well as giving certainty to Central Coast residents and businesses who have been confused as to whether they are eligible for government programs and why they are being lumped like greater Sydney.
“We don’t consider ourselves to be part of Greater Sydney we see ourselves as the Central Coast.”
Ms Wicks said that with a new region and capitol city status government departments could relocate to the Gosford, providing more jobs for locals.
“I want to thank the Central Coast Community for all they are doing to comply with the NSW health orders but this lockdown has highlighted the frustration that many Central Coast residents feel when we are overlooked as an individual region with its own capital city.
“I will not stop fighting for this change because it’s past time that the Central Coast becomes a region in its own right.”