Community voices reshape council land sales

Mitch Connolly fights for to save the Gosford Rumbalara Refuge run by Coast Shelter

Land behind the senior citizens Centre in Gosford is off Central Coast Council’s list of Tranche 3 land sales.As have many other land assets across the Central Coast.

The land at Wheeler Lane and Albany St, Gosford, houses a childcare centre and dementia day care centre as well as Rumbalara Homeless Youth Refuge.

Also off the list is the Ettalong Lifestyle Village.

A revised list of asset sales was made public in the lead up to the next Council meeting on July 27.

The Council report also revealed that sales from Tranches 1 and 2 are proceeding.

To date, Council has exchanged and settled on contracts within Tranche 1 and 2 to the value of about $23.9M, the report said.

The original list of Tranche 3 sales has been cut in half with 19 sites to remain for sale, another 19 sites taken off the list and land at Manning Rd, The Entrance, under further investigation.

The community hall at Norah Head is still on the sale list but the council has added the proviso that the land, at 75 Bungary Rd, will not be sold until another community hall is being built.

Save Our Reserves spokeswoman Sue Chidgey said it appeared to be mostly good news.

“Several local environmental representatives are working through the list and the fine print but on first glance it looks like many of the sites that the community fought so hard for have been saved which we are hopeful will be given the final tick by the administrator at the next Council meeting,” she said.

“However, some sites have remained on the ‘sell off’ list including the sites at Austin Butler at Woy Woy and Yarrum Rd, Bensville.

“A massive team effort to get the word out about the risk to community reserves and assets, co-ordinated by local reps for The Australian Conservation Foundation, Coast Environmental Alliance, Community Environment Network and GUST, ensured hundreds of local residents were able to stand up for their cherished assets.”

Chidgey had campaigned to save parks including those in Brisbane Rd, Woy Woy, and Memorial Ave, Blackwall.

Community activist Zina Harije, from CEN Youth, said it was a great result overall and the efforts of the community voices must be commended.

“The fact that some pieces of operational land were removed for consideration shows that Council listened to the concerned community,” she said.

“In saying this, the sale list still has a few lots that could result in significant loss of habitat for wildlife- including Yarram Rd at Bensville.

“We are all experiencing the increased effects of climate change, and Council would better serve the future needs of the community by guarding as many green spaces as possible,” she said.

Of the 19 sites for sale, a number will be sold to interested buyers.

For example, the Mariners Football Club Developments Pty Ltd will be offered land along Wyong Rd, Tuggerah with Council noting the existing E3 zoning will be retained and land will be used as a vegetation buffer to the club’s development.

The Salvation Army will be offered 15-23 Hely St Wyong.

St Joseph’s Catholic College will be offered 3 Albert St, East Gosford, with a condition of sale that the number of parking spaces will be maintained.

Council will sell 8 Bay Village Road, Bateau Bay and 10 Bay Village Road, Bateau Bay once a new library is established, which is of an equal or better standard than the current library within the Bateau Bay Square shopping centre, and provided that ongoing tenure has been secured.

Land at 10W Woodcutters Rd, Woongarrah will be offered to the adjoining neighbour.

Peninsula Plaza at Woy Woy will be offered Austin Butler Acc, Woy Woy with a condition of sale that there will be no reduction in car park spaces and access through the site to the existing car parks at Austin Butler Oval must be maintained.

Wyong Rugby League Club will be offered 191 Wallarah Rd, Kanwal and 48W Wallarah Rd, Gorokan.

Council will reclassify part of 2-4 Park Rd, The Entrance, from community to operational land and sell as a direct sale to The Mingara Leisure Group.

Council will reclassify and sell 9, 11, 13 and 15 Yaralla Rd, Toukley noting that these sites have been identified as affordable housing sites and may be sold directly to a community housing provider.

The other parcels of land for sale are: 50 Akora Rd, Wyoming; 14 Elsiemer St, Long Jetty; 17 Rankens Court, Wyong; 4 Tyrrell Pl, Killarney Vale; 6 Tyrrell Pl, Killarney Vale; 82 Yarram Rd, Bensville; 84 Yarram Rd, Bensville; 435 Bushells Ridge Rd, Bushells Ridge.

Council will close the unformed road located between 11 Church Street, Wyong (Lot 1, lot 2, lot 3 and lot 4) and 2W Ranken St, Wyong and sell all that land with a condition of sale that maintains the car parking on the site.

Land taken off the market and no longer for sale: 31 Alison Rd, Wyong; 116 Evans Rd, Toukley; 49 Hammond Rd Toukley; 10 Lakeside Pde, The Entrance; 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 Bullion St, Umina Beach; 4A, 4B, 6, 8 and 10 Alfred St, Umina Beach; 148 Wyong Rd, Killarney Vale; 150 Wyong Rd, Killarney Vale; 305 Bushells Ridge Rd, Kiar; 9 Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford; 219 Albany St North, Gosford comprising Henry Wheeler Pl, 219B Albany St North and 219C Albany St North, Gosford; Berrys Head Rd, Narara; 43A Ulana Ave, Halekulani; 7 Angler St, Woy Woy; 9 Angler St, Woy Woy; 83-85 Brisbane Ave, Umina Beach; 1-3 Fassifern St, Ettalong Beach; 40A George St, East Gosford; 6 Ithome St, Wyong; 336-350 Terrigal Dr, Terrigal; 325 Pacific Hwy, Wyong; 77 Howarth St, Wyong; and 23 and 23A Memorial Ave, Blackwall.

On April 27, Council resolved to allow for community consultation of its proposed Tranche 3 sales.

The consultation concluded a month later with 1,333 submissions, 611 emails and letters.

The report to Council lists all the stories that were written in local newspapers including the Chronicle, Pelican Post and Coast News and all the talkback radio and community activism that grew in reaction to the proposed land sales.

Administrator, Rik Hart, will decide whether to accept the staff report as outlined above to allow the continuation of the sales process.

Agenda item 2.1
Central Coast Council Meeting, Jul 27