27 July 2021
Federal Liberal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP has written to the NSW Premier on behalf of almost 13,500 Central Coast residents who have signed a petition requesting the Central Coast be declared a stand-alone region with Gosford as its capital city.
“I strongly support the NSW Government’s decisions to prioritise lives and keeping people safe from COVID-19 and I thank you for your exceptional leadership. At the same time, the lockdown has also brought to the surface the longstanding challenges associated with our region being linked with Greater Sydney or other regions by government bureaucracy over many years, Ms Wicks said.
“I acknowledge the State Government declared the Central Coast a region in 2010; again in 2016 in the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036; and in legislation in 2020 through an amendment to the Environment Planning & Assessment Act.
“I want to thank the NSW Government for these important first steps.
“I believe government bureaucracy, red tape and the lack of a consistent classification and definition of the Central Coast has resulted in many local businesses and residents missing out on government programs, infrastructure spending and grants.
“This is particularly important in the context of the current NSW lockdown and the State Government’s soon to be released plan to eventually ease restrictions across Greater Sydney.
“I would request the NSW Government investigate the impacts of various classifications of the Central Coast at a state level to ensure a clear and consistent classification of the Central Coast as a stand-alone region with Gosford as its capital city.”