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Next Chamber Network Dinner

NEXT CHAMBER NETWORK DINNER 

Monday 7th July 7pm 

GUEST SPEAKER 

Gosford City Council General Manager 

PAUL ANDERSON 

At the 

The Box on the Water

(new waterfront restaurant on the Ettalong Beach waterfront reserve)

BYO    $36 pp 

 

RSVP 0415 634 232

Your Executives

Executive

Matthew Wales – President 
Wales & Associates 
Ph: 0415 634 232 
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Josh Kerr – Vice President 
Bruce Kerr Real Estate  
Ph: 0405 474 103 
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Adam Crouch – Secretary 
Everbest Printing Co Ltd 
Ph: 0412 802 733 
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Alan Gleeson – Treasurer 
Gleeson Enterprises 
Ph: 0414 410 936

 

Directors

Sue Fowler - Deepwater Plaza 
Ph: 0408 208 550 
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Mary Rose Bontigao – Express Advocate 
Ph: 4323 5025 
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Tom Tregent – Raine & Horne Umina Beach 
Ph: 0407 454 179 
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Andrew Tregent – Raine & Horne Ettalong 
Ph: 0410 666 688 
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Wayne Dowdle – Clarke Dowdle & Associates 
Ph: 0415 437 464 
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Josh Collins – BSG Australia 
Ph: 0434 111 728 
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Darren Smith – Telstra Shop Woy Woy 
Ph: 0487 354 130 
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A Push to Beat Graffiti In Our Town Centres

The Chamber is continuing its fight against graffiti in our town centres including the proliferation of “legal graffiti” or “public art” which has started to appear on both public and private buildings across the Peninsula. The long term success of our town centres relies on lifting the standards of streetscape and building design. Graffiti undermines this process. The Chamber has recently approached Council in relation to the formulation of a Public Art Policy so that legal graffiti is controlled and managed in a way that meets community expectations. Certainly, the advent of the security camer- as in our town centres in re- cent years has greatly re- duced in the incidence of graffiti. However with the proliferation of legal graffiti art, this has done nothing to deter the ugly graffiti that has crept back into our town centre.

As quoted in Wyong Councils Public Art Policy “ the public art should enhance selected public places with high quality public art & design which interprets the history, diversity & contemporary aspirations of the community” We wait with anticipation for Gosford Council’s response. 

NEW GOSFORD LEP FINALLY GAZETTED

Finally after six years in the making, the NSW State Government has gazetted the Gosford Local Environmental Plan which came into effect on the 11th February 2014. The Gosford LEP sets out the new planning controls that , in part, will guide development in our three town centres of Woy Woy, Umina Beach and Ettalong Beach. New building heights and floor space ratio controls are now in effect which greatly improve development potential in our town centres . It is hoped that the new controls will encourage urban renewal over the next five years. The LEP is accompanied by the new Gosford Development Control Plan (DCP) which introduces revised medium density standards. The Chamber has concerns over some of these new standards which we believe are too rigid in relation to building heights , site coverage and setbacks. The Chamber will be pushing for a review of these standards which, we believe, will only slow residential building growth and restrict housing choice. and affordability. 

ETTALONG BEACH WATERFRONT A WINNER

Based on the large crowds over the Christmas and holiday period, there is little doubt that Gosford City Council’s $5.4 M foreshore makeover of the Ettalong Beach Foreshore has proved a huge success. Following successful lobbying by the Peninsula Chamber over the last 15 years, the foreshore upgrade is almost complete with the new foreshore café/ restaurant due to open in mid-March. Access to the beachfront and upgraded reserve was made available just prior to Christmas whilst the café/restaurant was being completed. Recent works have also included the demolition of the old toilet block and the end of Bangalow Street which has opened up the beautiful vista. It has been particularly satisfying to see young families once again enjoying the re-nourished beach and picnicking in the new reserve which includes BBQ facilities and playground equipment for kids. The fore- shore upgrade was funded primarily by a $2M grant by the Federal Government and $2.9M by Gosford City Coun- cil. The balance was provided by the NSW State Government. Thanks should go to former Federal Member for Robertson, Deborah O’Neill who pledged the $2M of Federal funding during her term in office. It was this money that acted as the catalyst for the Council funding which enabled the work to be completed. Gosford City Council and its contractor Scape Constructions have carried out a first class job and clearly demonstrates the new “open for business” attitude that has turned round the fortunes of the Council. The Vietnam Veterans new memorial stands proud on the reserve and the dedication will take place on Saturday 22nd Feb- ruary commencing 10.15am. Fifteen years in the making, it is a joy to see the final stage completed on the Ettalong Beach waterfront. 

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