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NSW government releases Central Coast Regional Transport Plan

NSW is looking to boost growth on the Central Coast with its draft Regional Transport Plan launched

The New South Wales state government says it plans to drive growth and investment across the Central Coast after launching its Central Coast Regional Transport Plan.

More than $23 million is being invested by the NSW government to unlock housing, jobs, and opportunities for the Central Coast. 

The Central Coast Strategy for Economic Growth was also released together with the Draft Central Coast Regional Transport Plan, supporting the NSW government’s vision to drive growth and investment across the region.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway says the Draft Central Coast Regional Transport Plan has also identified 80 initiatives which include an upgraded interchange on the M1 at Ourimbah and more connected neighbourhoods. 

“The Central Coast is a region on the move – with increasing tourism, expanding employment areas and a population that’s set to grow by 70,000 people by 2041,” Farraway says. 

“The draft plan highlights the initiatives worth investigating to ensure the Central Coast continues to be well-connected by a safe, efficient and accessible transport network.” 

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Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes says the Central Coast Strategy for Economic Growth had a particular focus on unlocking land for employment.

“We know the Central Coast is an incredible place to live and play. We’re now investing in unlocking key employment sites to create the jobs and opportunities for the future, strengthening the local economy and improving lives,” Stokes says. 

“The Central Coast will thrive as part of the NSW government’s Six Cities vision. With commitments for faster rail at Wyong and a new university campus at Gosford, we’re backing the Central Coast to grow a stronger economy, invest in better services and make lives easier for local families.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch says the community’s feedback would continue to be critical. 

“We’re already in the process of delivering some of these projects including an upgrade to the Pacific Highway at Lisarow, accessibility improvements to Tuggerah Station and changes to the intersection of Ocean Beach Road and Rawson Road,” Crouch says. 

“These changes will secure the future growth of a region which is already a great place to live, work and play.”

The Central Coast Strategy for Economic Growth was informed by community consultation beginning in 2020. Its delivery will be further supported by the Six Cities Region Plan, to be developed during 2023. 

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