First elected Central Coast Council completes its first year

NSW Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, with Central Coast Mayor Jane Smith and Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Gary MurphyHappier times. NSW Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, with former Central Coast Mayor Jane Smith and Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Gary Murphy

The very first elected Central Coast Council held its inaugural meeting 12 months ago, and is celebrating a number of significant achievements in an historic first year.

Topping the list is the delivery of its first ever Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for the Central Coast, which establishes a road map for the community for the next ten years, and a sound consolidated budget and Operational Plan. Mayor, Jane Smith, said it was a privilege to represent the community and guide the growing region of over 335,000, and growing all the time.

“The first ever Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is in place and will enhance and protect the unique natural lifestyle on the Coast, whilst providing jobs, tourism and economic development. “That is reflected in our first Operational Plan which is delivering the services our community need to live a great life on the Coast,” Mayor Smith said. “We have actively dealt with a number of legacy issues, our finances are sound and strong, there is a focus on employment opportunities in the north, and we are taking action on the Mangrove Mountain landfill and illegal dumping in the region. “We are building pathways, playgrounds, skate parks and have delivered over 500 roads projects across the region. “We are committed to consulting with our community on issues that matter to them and in increasing openness and transparency in decision-making.

“We have established Community Advisory Committees that bring community and stakeholder representatives together to consider and make recommendations to Council. “I am also pleased that our Council is listening to our community and showing leadership by releasing a draft policy on Climate Change for consultation. “We are committed to collaboration with our state and federal counterparts, which has seen more funding come to our region, so we are able to deliver even more services and infrastructure for the community.

“I want to acknowledge all our staff for their work in this first year. “I am proud of their achievements in delivering for our community. “I thank our CEO, Gary Murphy, and our Senior Executive Team as well as my fellow Councillors for a rewarding first year, and look forward to the continuing challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Source: Media release, Sep 26 Central Coast Council media