Revitalising The Entrance for entertainment

Markets and other recreational events at the Waterfront Plaza and Memorial Park in The Entrance have been given the tick of approval from the Local Planning Panel.

Central Coast Council put a proposal to the Panel’s meeting on June 23 to formalise the continuing use of waterfront areas for market stalls, school holiday activities, pop-up events and larger-scale entertainment.

Council was required to pass on its development application to the Panel because Council is not permitted to approve its own DA regarding use of the area (DA 1209).

Now the paperwork has been taken care of, Council is forging ahead with its plans to revitalise The Entrance waterfront with vibrant and engaging community events.

Council has already received expressions of interest from prospective event management organisations, local businesses and qualified individuals interested in delivering community events.

Also, there is $20,000 in funding available for a regular pop-up market in the Waterfront Plaza between now and June 30, 2023.

Community and Culture Unit Manager, Glenn Cannard, said Council was thrilled at the prospect of local businesses playing an integral role in helping to enhance The Entrance.

“We are excited to see how new, engaging activities can have a positive impact on the local economy,” he said.

Also, in the lead up to the Federal election in May, Member for Dobell Emma McBride promised $750,000 to upgrade Vera’s Watergarden and $175,000 to make the waterfront plaza play space more accessible.

Sue Murray