Gateway to Central Coast set for revitalisation
Public foreshore access, an expanded National Park and new housing and community facilities at Peat Island and Mooney Mooney are a step closer after the NSW Government issued a gateway determination for a proposal on Government land.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, and Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello have jointly announced that the much-needed revitalisation of the area could proceed to the next phase of the planning process, subject to a number of conditions.
“This is a significant milestone for the NSW Government and the Hawkesbury and Central Coast communities. The proposal could see public access returned to a government-owned site for the first time in more than 100 years,” Mr Roberts said.
“As well as allowing for a mix of land-use that will suit both residents and visitors alike, a future development could create up to 158 new and ongoing jobs, 268 new houses, a new neighbourhood centre with retail and services and a future 130-berth marina.”
Mr Dominello added that more open space, including the expansion of national parkland, are a key part of this proposal.
“It could open up more than 2.4 kilometres of public access along the Hawkesbury River foreshore and Peat Island, and more than 21 hectares of open space for the community, including an 11 hectare expansion of Popran National Park,” Mr Dominello said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald said this was a great outcome for the Central Coast.
“These sites have been inaccessible to the public for years and this proposal could really transform a run-down and under-used area into a dynamic hub comprising residential, community and recreational facilities, village-style retail, and open space for the community to enjoy,” Mr MacDonald said.
The site was formerly home to the Peat Island Residential Centre for Disability (closed in 2010) and Mooney Mooney Public School (closed in 2007).
The application, by Property NSW, will be assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment.
Community feedback is encouraged once the proposal is placed on public exhibition which will be in the coming weeks.