Community rally to save our reserves

The groundswell of opposition to Central Coast Council’s sell-off of community land will roll into The Entrance on Sunday, May 23.

The Community Rally to Save Our Reserves will be at 2pm at 10 Lakeside Pde, The Entrance, one of the properties on the list of asset sales to help fix Council’s financial crisis.

A range of community groups and individuals have come together for the rally, following a well-attended protest gathering in Gosford earlier in May.

Their message is clear: Our halls, carparks, recreational facilities and green spaces are not for sale.

Two of the properties up for sale are carparks within walking distance of Services NSW and the Toukley shopping centre at 116 Evans Rd, behind the chemist and opposite Toukley Public School, and the other is at 49 Hammond Rd.

Among the properties for sale are:

Land housing Norah Head Community Hall: Green space buffers at 11-23 Wyong Rd near Tuggerah Business Park and the Mariners Centre for Excellence; A key habitat for threatened species at 77 Howarth St, adjacent Wyong Race Club; Land behind Bateau Bay shopping centre and medical centre at 8 and 10 Bay Village Rd; Two lots next to The Greens Bowling Club at 2-4 Park Rd, The Entrance; A green space area wedged between Wallarah Bay Recreation Club and houses at 48W Wallarah Rd, Gorokan; and, Open land with trees at 10 Lakeside Pde, The Entrance.

The community’s pushback against the proposed sale of “lazy assets” and rezoning of community assets is gathering momentum.

Already, two bush blocks at Umina and Terrigal Bowling Club have been removed from the for sale list following community rallies like the one to be held on Saturday at The Entrance.

More information about the full extent and impact from the Council sell-off will be provided by guest speakers at the rally.

It will be a family and dog friendly gathering with live music, face painting, guest speakers and collaborative art.

Central Coast Council is receiving submissions about the asset sale until 5pm on Friday, May 28.

Sue Murray