Following up on member feedback and concerns is a priority for this Chamber. We are, after all, here to represent our members and the business community.
We were made aware of concerns about the declining focus on Gosford and its redevelopment since the 2019 NSW state election. The Chamber has been vocal about the flat lining of some projects and the decline in skilled leaders to drive the development launched in October 2018.
Having previously held concerns over the changes in key appointments in the planning landscape following reallocation of the Coordinator General, Lee Shearer and then Michael Castel who was heading up the city's redevelopment we raised our voice to all who would listen.
Recently the Chamber made representation to the NSW Premier about the lack of action and the delay. In her recent visit we spoke about the decline in activity for the area as a result of these changes and we were hoping to kick start the focus on Gosford and the Central Coast to bring it back to be an area of attention.
Whilst we would still like to see a Special Minster appointed for the Coast, a pleasing appointment that can only strengthen our desire to keep moving forward has been the recent announcement of Greg Sullivan to the role of Director of Planning Hunter and Central Coast. Greg was formerly the Director of Operations for the Department of Planning and was instrumental in the Gosford Revitalisation Project planning and launch.
We are fortunate to now have Mr Sullivan's skills, knowledge and experience to guide the region and hopeful that this appointment will be the start of things to come.
That said, we cannot and will not stop our requests for action and support. We at the Chamber believe that Gosford's success is pivotal to the economic growth opportunities for business and it's something that the people of our region, both business and community, deserve.
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