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The Entrance Place Plan

The consultation period for this project has now closed.

A Place Plan is an exciting project that draws together all the ideas and opportunities identified for The Entrance over the past 10 years, with the intent to activate and revistalise the town.   

The Entrance is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in New South Wales. Its stunning scenic qualities and natural features established it as a coastal holiday destination in the 19th Century.

The latest challenge, the global pandemic (COVID-19), stripped the town of its visitor market for a period of time. This made 2020 a unique opportunity to see the town without its usual visitor market and  has allowed us to better understand how the locals use the town centre.

Locals are essential to the survival and indeed the success of The Entrance. The Place Plan has the opportunity to create both local and visitor markets – establishing activations, events and spaces that will make The Entrance number one on their destination list.

We’re looking to understand your future aspirations for the town so we can get projects moving – no matter how big or small they may be. In fact – a lot of what place planning is all about, is starting small – seeing some quick results and benefits – and building towards a common end-goal.

Five precincts have been identified to help you locate your ideas, as follows:

  1. The Town Centre

  2. Waterfront Plaza

  3. Memorial Park

  4. Coastal Walk 1

  5. Coastal Walk 2

The Entrance Precinct Plan


Watch The Entrance Place Plan Video and share your ideas for each precinct on our Ideas Wall!

We will be collecting feedback through the Ideas Wall until 5pm Sunday 2 August.

Together we can create a series of places that collectively have the power to positively transform The Entrance!

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What is a Place Plan and why does The Entrance need one?

We want to foster pride in the area and transform the way our community interacts and connects with The Entrance.

A Place Plan aims to improve places and spaces for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors by adopting a place-based approach to determine the physical infrastructure and services that best respond to local needs. A key feature of the Place Plan involves identifying short, medium-and longer-term initiatives and projects that will help to enliven the town and improve the visitor experience for all.

The Place Plan will provide a framework to help Council work in partnership with the community to realise a shared vision, including how we manage the Town, support events and activations and identify where physical infrastructure should be located to support our collective objectives.

A Masterplan has already been produced for The Entrance. Why do we need another one?

The Entrance Town Centre Masterplan set a high-level direction for how the design of the town should be approached.

The Place Plan will take that direction to the next level, setting out clear actions that will guide Council in improving the experience of residents, businesses and tourists who use the town. This could include public art, signage, lighting, infrastructure and maintenance projects.

Why is Council committing resources to The Entrance now?

The importance of Town Centres and how they are managed is a priority for the community and Council. The Entrance is an important part of the Central Coast. There are a number of places within The Entrance that can be improved that will enable it to achieve its optimum potential – in order to better attract and cater for the needs of both locals and visitors.

How will the upgrade improve the town?

Through ten years of engagement, the community has told us that The Entrance is in need of a facelift. In particular, some of the aging infrastructure is having a negative effect on the perception of The Entrance. Upgrading parts of the town will help lift its profile and present a fresh face for the community, visitors and businesses. The upgrade will include looking at new ideas for making the space an attraction all year around – one that is attractive, safe and enjoyable for all people to be in, and support businesses and local jobs.

How will the community be involved in the project while we are self-isolating or in lock-down?

We care about the safety of our community, customers and employees. In response to the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking measured precautions to keep our staff and community safe. Opportunities for engaging the community in person are limited due to COVID-19 Social Distancing measures. This means we are initially using a range of online and alternative ways for the community to safely provide their feedback.

When will we start to see changes in The Entrance?

The Place Plan will set out short term initiatives which will provide benefits more quickly as well as medium and longer-term goals, so expect to see some changes throughout 2021.

How will the upgrade help to make The Entrance safer?

Safety is a key concern for the community and Council. Good urban design helps to make places feel, safer and perceived as safer. Small changes such as improved lighting and clear lines of sight as well as bigger things like activating spaces through events and activities that attract more people all help to make places safer. The Place Plan will prioritise safety.

How does Council plan to fund the Place Plan initiatives?

Council is committed to the ongoing revitalisation of a range of town centres. It is anticipated the Plan will identify a range of enhancements that will be implemented over a few years through a combination of Council’s annual capital works program and external grant funding.

Will this project address The Entrance Channel?

No, The Entrance Place Plan is a project that is focused on revitalising the Entrance Town Centre. The State Government has appointed a special taskforce to investigate Tuggerah Lake and the Entrance Channel. We understand that this matter is of great importance to the community and Council are committed to assisting the State Government in the management of this issue. For more information please contact the Department of Planning Industry and Environment or visit https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/environment/coastlines/estuaries-lagoons-and-wetlands/tuggerah-lakes-estuary/dredging-entrance.

How will The Entrance Place Plan address local heritage?

The Entrance Place Plan seeks to preserve and enhance local heritage. Public spaces provide an opportunity to celebrate local history and educate the broader community, visitors and tourists. The Entrance Place Plan will be looking at different ways we can share this history throughout each of the five precincts. In 2018 a Heritage Signage Strategy was prepared for The Entrance and this will be used to guide future initiatives for heritage interpretation within the town centre. If you have some ideas on how you would like to celebrate local heritage within The Entrance Town Centre please share on the Ideas Wall.

What are the next steps?

Following the initial consultation phase the draft Place Plan will be made available for the community to provide further comment. This feedback will then inform the final Place Plan.

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