Council meetings in Ourimbah?

Central Coast Council Photo: Justin StanleyCentral Coast Council Photo: Justin Stanley

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If this is to remain the Central Coast Council and Gosford is considered to be the capital of the Central Coast by many (Work Cover and taxation buildings, new waterfront park) and if pre COVID Main Australia day events were held in Gosford, Woy Woy and the Entrance … why is the main council chamber chamber in Wyong?

Now I love Wyong for its quaint run-down streets and its historical links to the railway and the river, but it is certainly no capital with a grand waterfront, a proposed new regional library and a renewed vigour in the CBD.

So, if the Administrator is fair dinkum about fixing the financial mess why doesn’t he sell the Wyong council building in the back streets as well as the Gosford chamber?

The impact and changes in work practices from the coronavirus pandemic on work patterns has accelerated the need to reimagine the planning of Australia’s cities.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese noted this in a speech delivered to The Australian Financial Review Business Summit, saying “ the shift towards working from home has been expedited by the pandemic and, although there are benefits to working in offices, many will never go back”.

So why are we holding onto to the Wyong building?

Sell it and help reduce the financial backlog and we can then hold Council meetings in the new regional library in Gosford.

Although to avoid bickering let’s hold the meetings somewhere in a hired space around the middle.

How about Ourimbah? It’s just as functional as Wyong with a train station and a carpark.

Email, Mar 10
Mark Ellis, Woy Woy