In accordance with the Resolution of Council on 11 November 2019, the Draft Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor Strategy (Draft Strategy) was placed on public exhibition to allow for public consultation prior to being finalised and adopted.
The Draft Strategy sets out a 20-year vision for the Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor and has been prepared by Central Coast Council to guide growth and investment in the study area. The Draft Strategy also implements the directions and actions of the NSW Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 (CCRP).
The Draft Strategy is designed to meet the needs of a growing population. The Draft Strategy seeks to identify opportunities to increase the number of local jobs and thus reduce the high number of workers currently commuting out of the Central Coast for work. The Draft Strategy will also ensure that the northern part of the Central Coast has an economic growth corridor to support the region moving forward.
What is the Draft Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor Strategy?
The Draft Strategy sets a 20-year vision for the Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor and has been prepared by Central Coast Council to guide growth and investment in the study area. The Draft Strategy implements the following directions of the NSW Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 (CCRP):
- CCRP Direction 2 – Focus economic development in the Southern and Northern Growth Corridors
- CCRP Direction 3 – Support priority economic sectors
- CCRP Direction 4 – Strengthen inter-regional and intra-regional connections for business
- CCRP Direction 5 – Support new and expanded industrial activity
- CCRP Direction 7 – Increase job containment in the region
What is the purpose of the Draft Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor Strategy?
The Draft Strategy defines the role and character of each precinct within the Corridor and identifies how they will help sustain the growth of the Corridor. It identifies where economic growth should and should not be supported to promote self-containment and encourage the Corridor to continue to evolve as one of the dominant centres on the Central Coast.
Some of the items identified in the Draft Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor Strategy are out of Council’s control (i.e. fast rail project) – what role will Council play in these projects?
Where Council is not the authority directly responsible for implementing the Draft Strategy’s directions and actions, Council will work collaboratively with relevant Government agencies and organisations to ensure these actions can be delivered. A number of actions within the Draft Strategy outline Council’s commitment to continue to advocate for funding for infrastructure upgrades to help unlock development potential within the Corridor.
How were the directions and actions in the Draft Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor Strategy identified?
Consultation with specialist Council officers and in what the community has told us during the engagement for the Community Strategic Plan (CSP), helped to identify key opportunities and constraints within the study area.
Council also sought the services of a consultant team comprising:
- Architectus (Strategic Planning and Urban Design);
- SGS Economics and Planning (Economic and Planning); and
- GTA Consultants (Transport Planning).
The consultant team has provided Council with expert and technical input to identify what needs to be undertaken to support future growth within the Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor.
The key findings from this consultation have been developed into emerging strategies to formalise the character and role for each precinct within the Corridor. These emerging strategies were further developed into key Directions that outline Council’s vision with 5 Corridor scale Directions and 8 Precinct scale Directions.
36 Actions were created to achieve each Direction. The Actions include:
- Studies, policies and controls that need to be made and/or amended;
- Next steps for engagement;
- Opportunities to seek funding, and
- Further work required to initiate projects within the Corridor.
How does the corridor strategy align with ‘One Central Coast’ Community Strategic Plan (CSP)?
The community has influenced the development of the Draft Strategy through their feedback in the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) where they told us their vision is to enhance the day to day lives and opportunities of the Central Coast community through effective decision making, planning and service delivery across all government and non-government agencies.
The Draft Strategy once implemented will align with the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) through:
- Providing enhanced community safety in our open public and community spaces;
- Supporting and enabling job growth by attracting economic development supported by improved transport connections, public domain and transit orientated development;
- Protecting and enhancing our natural assets and rich environmental heritage within and between the centres;
- Setting the framework to deliver essential infrastructure and to balance and sustain development by ensuring we have adequate capacity to service our growing population;
- Outlining actions to strengthen the existing cycle network, reinforce pedestrian links and investigate opportunities to strengthen the local street network in line with Council’s Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan (PAMP) and Bike Plan.
How will the directions, actions and projects identified be implemented?
The Implementation chapter at the end of the Draft Strategy provides a schedule of actions with allocated responsibilities and timeframes.
Funding for the implementation of the Draft Strategy could come from a number of traditional and innovative funding sources including:
- Council’s General Revenue as part of the normal budgeting cycle for future Capital Expenditure Projects and Programs;
- State and Federal Government Grant funding; and
- Public private partnerships.
How has the Draft Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor Strategy considered transport management along the Corridor?
Council acknowledges that traffic and transport is a key consideration for residents living on the Central Coast including the Pacific Highway which links the Tuggerah to Wyong Economic Corridor.
The Draft Strategy aims to implement actions that improve ‘liveability’ and ‘lifestyle’ for our residents, in particular focusing on improving traffic congestion and providing better public and active transport options to best serve the needs of our community and reduce our reliance on the motor vehicle. Council has engaged the services of GTA consultants to prepare a Transport Study for the Corridor to investigate transport improvement opportunities that will achieve greater efficiency, sustainability and liveability.