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Efforts of the past now bearing fruit

Posted by Edgar Adams on 2 December 2019
Efforts of the past now bearing fruit
As we come to the end of 2019 it is worthwhile to take stock of the many positive outcomes we have seen on the Central Coast over the past year. In doing so however we need to recognise that most developments happened in the closing years of the old Gosford Council and then during the two year window when The Hon. Anthony Roberts was Planning Minister. When looking around we see that the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine was approved in August and what a fight that was. A handful of activists fought...
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Manufacturing does have a future!

Posted by Edgar Adams on 11 November 2019
Manufacturing does have a future!
Last month this Editor had the privilege of attending the opening of the new CSR-Hebel Autoclaved Aerated Concrete facility at Somersby, the most advanced AAC production facility of its kind in the world. CSR invested $75 million in this plant an indicator of their confidence in supplying into Australia's construction industry but also, and more important for us this was an expression of their confidence in our region the Central Coast. And, CSR's Chairman John Gillam said as mu...
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Who are we?

Posted by Edgar Adams on 10 October 2019
Who are we?
This is a question that many people ask about the Central Coast.  Are we a region, meaning are we a 'country' region, or are we part of Sydney and that means being part of the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area? Logically one would think being 70 minutes from the Sydney CBD would be a good qualifier compared with 90 minutes to Penrith. Well a 2015 Act of Parliament specifically excludes us from the GSMA. The Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 includes all the Local Governme...
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Its on! The fight for Warnervale Airport

Posted by Edgar Adams on 3 September 2019
Its on! The fight for Warnervale Airport
But first.  I have been asked why I continue to pick on the Central Coast Council. I don't. I pick on the Central Coast's Councillors. Council's staff are doing a good job under very difficult circumstances. My point is that regional economies are for the most part controlled at local government level.  The state and federal governments set the macros but it is local government that sets the parameters for economic and social well-being both now and into the future. ...
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Coast's unacceptable youth unemployment rate

Posted by Edgar Adams on 1 August 2019
Coast's unacceptable youth unemployment rate
A report released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence a few months ago on youth unemployment 'hot spots' makes disturbing reading to anyone who has the slightest interest in the future of our region. Youth unemployment rates for NSW's five worst youth unemployment 'hot spots' using 12 month average data to December 2018 by the ABS shows Central Coast rates 4th out of the five worst regions in NSW. At 13.7% the youth unemployment rate for the Central Coast is a dis...
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