With Central Coast Council already putting plans in place to clear staff from the Gosford Chambers as sale of the building proceeds, the need for the Regional Library complex in Donnison St to be completed as soon as possible has intensified.
As businesspeople and residents raise concerns about the impact on the CBD of relocating Council staff to the Wyong Chambers or Erina depot, Council has reinforced that Gosford is a key town centre as part of the Central Coast Regional Plan.
“We are seeing a lot of positive development and growth in the area including the opening of the Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute,” a spokesperson said.
“We also continue to invest in the Kibble Park Place Plan and have key activation programs to help support local businesses such as our Vacant Spaces and Blank Canvas programs.
“We remain committed to building a strong Central Coast economy capable of generating jobs, providing greater housing choice, essential infrastructure, lively centres for shopping, entertainment and dining, and protecting the natural environment.”
Gosford Erina Business Chamber President, Rod Dever, said he had been in discussions with Council CEO David Farmer regarding the relocation of staff out of the CBD.
“The Council, as we know, had two buildings – one in Gosford and one in Wyong,” Dever said.
“The Gosford building was the older of the two and the financial investment required to maintain the building and upgrade was far greater than that of maintaining the Wyong premises.”
This had resulted in the Gosford building being included in the list of Council asset sales compiled to help Council out of its financial distress, he said.
“What should be noted is that the Wyong building is not big enough to host all Council staff,” Dever said.
“Our understanding, after discussions with the CEO, is that some staff are going to Wyong whilst others are actually going to the Erina depot where there is available office space and room for services to be relocated.
“Council has no intention of leaving a void on the southern end of the coast – this was initially our concern.
“When the new Regional Library and facilities are built in Gosford, Council will have a space in this building for services and office staff as well.
“The next challenge is to get that building built.”