Plans Underway To Move 300+ Public Service Roles To Gosford
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today announced the NSW Government will deliver on an election pledge to relocate more than 300 public service roles to Gosford, with the Government approving plans for the next stage of the move.
The roles, from the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI), will be housed in a mixed-use building to be constructed on a portion of the former school site at 20 Mann St.
Mr Perrottet said the announcement would help to energise the local economy, extend and revitalise the CBD, and increase opportunities to live and work on the Central Coast.
“The NSW Government is committed to the health and prosperity of the whole state, and today’s announcement is great news for Gosford and the Central Coast,” he said.
“The influx of new public sector workers means millions in consumer spending on local businesses every year, which will be a fantastic economic injection for the local community.”
“Add to that the tens of millions in investment that development of the site will attract, and hundreds of new jobs in the construction phase and beyond, and you can see the flow on effects of this relocation will be really significant for Gosford and the Coast.”
The new DFSI building will include street-level retail and al-fresco dining – part of a broader plan for the sale and redevelopment of the vacant 1.16 hectares making up the former school site, with proceeds from the sale to go to Restart NSW for reinvestment into new infrastructure.
The Government will engage with the local community in relation to the development and work to ensure the site offers a mix of uses – such as residential, commercial, retail, car parking, and public open spaces – to activate the precinct.
The announcement coincides with the Government committing to a further 10 year lease at 92-100 Donnison St, Gosford, where over 620 staff from the State Insurance Regulatory Authority, Safe Work NSW, Insurance and Care NSW and Legal Aid NSW are located.
“Prior to the last election, we said we were committed to improving employment opportunities here on the Central Coast, and today’s announcements show we mean business,” Mr Perrottet said.
Construction of the new DFSI building is expected to be completed in 2018, with the relocation of DFSI staff to follow.