Council welcomes Federal Budget

Central Coast Council welcomed the confirmation of funding for key projects in the Federal Budget.
Funding was confirmed for a Regional Performing Arts Centre and the regional library at Gosford, a skate park for Wamberal, and $7.2m ifor roads.
Council is doing its part to help rejuvenate the Gosford CBD with changes to planning controls underway and confirming sites for the Regional Performing Arts Centre and Regional Library in Gosford.
Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said Council could now move with confidence to the scoping and planning stages for these projects.
“I understand that the budget re-introduced indexation for Financial Assistance Grants to Local Government, which is welcomed, and established a Regional Growth Fund for major projects supporting long-term economic growth in regions undergoing structural adjustment.
“We look forward to discussing opportunities to use this Fund to address growth challenges on the Coast as it transforms into the future,” Mr Reynolds said.
Council is in the process of finalising its own budget for next year with increased funding for roads and drainage, water and sewer, open space and recreation, and is pleased that there is funding on the table from the Federal Government for these priority areas.
“One of our key priorities is maintaining our 2,200km of roads.
“As we don’t have the budget to do it all, this injection of $7.2m from the Federal Government is particularly welcome,” Mr Reynolds said.
“We are committed to working closely with our federal and state counterparts to ensure that we can continue to deliver the services our growing community need, want and value.”

Source:
Media release, May 10
Central Coast Council media

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