Greater Sydney Commission to drive Central Coast growth

GSC Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts, Adam Crouch MP Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and NSW Premier Gladys Gladys Berejiklian announcing the Central Coast Strategy

The Central Coast is set to be the focus of a first-of-its-kind Strategy to bring new businesses and jobs to the region.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), with its strong track record in delivering good local outcomes, would coordinate development and delivery of the Central Coast Strategy.

“I have asked the GSC to bring together key stakeholders on the Central Coast to identify new opportunities for economic and employment growth in the region,” Berejiklian said.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing more jobs on the Central Coast, a region which is expected to grow by 95,250 people between 2016 and 2041.

“The GSC will work closely with Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, and Minister for Jobs and Investment. Stuart Ayres. to bring together State and Federal agencies, the local council and private sector partners, to identify wider economic and employment opportunities for the region.”

Crouch said the Strategy would identify and implement initiatives to cater for future population growth.

“The GSC has an incredible record of success when it comes to enabling local communities to grow and thrive,” he said.

“The Central Coast is a unique region and requires unique solutions, and that’s why a team from the GSC will be specially tasked with developing this Strategy.

“The Central Coast absolutely deserves the same focus being applied to economic growth areas like Tech Central, Westmead, Meadowbank and Macquarie Park in Sydney.”

GSC Chief Commissioner Geoff Roberts said collaboration was the best way to deliver great outcomes and new opportunities for the community and businesses on the Coast.

“Nothing improves a person’s life more than a good job, particularly near where they live. We want to deliver more, good, local jobs for the people of the Central Coast,” he said.

“This work will build upon the significant progress already achieved by the NSW Government. 

“We look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders in what will be an inclusive and coordinated process.”

Terry Collins