The Central Coast Council is a local government area serving the Lower Hunter area and the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, established on 12 May 2016 following the amalgamation of Gosford City and Wyong Shire councils.
The council comprises an area of 1,681 square kilometres (649 sq mi) and is bounded to the east by the Tasman Sea, to the south by Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, and to the west by the Yengo National Park northwards to Bucketty before heading eastward along George Downes Drive, encompassing the Olney State Forest and crossing the Pacific Motorway, meeting the southern edge of Lake Macquarie at Mannering Park and eventually reaching the coast north of Moonee. As at the 2016 census the council area had an estimated population of 327,736.
The current Mayor of the Central Coast Council is Lisa Matthews (Labor), who was elected on 23 September 2019.
Suburbs and localities
The local government area includes a moderately densely populated coastal strip that extends northward from the Hawkesbury River and is bounded by the Pacific Motorway to the west, and an extensive sparsely-populated region to the west of the motorway that is largely native bush. The towns and villages located within Central Coast Council are:
- Avoca Beach
- Bar Point
- Bateau Bay
- Berkeley Vale
- Blue Bay
- Blue Haven
- Booker Bay
- Box Head
- Budgewoi Peninsula
- Buff Point
- Canton Beach
- Cedar Brush Creek
- Central Mangrove
- Chain Valley Bay
- Cheero Point
- Chittaway Bay
- Chittaway Point
- Cogra Bay
- Daleys Point
- East Gosford
- Empire Bay
- Erina Heights
- Ettalong Beach
- Forresters Beach
- Glenning Valley
- Glenworth Valley
- Green Point
- Hamlyn Terrace
- Hardys Bay
- Horsfield Bay
- Kangy Angy
- Killarney Vale
- Killcare Heights
- Kincumber South
- Lake Haven
- Lake Munmorah
- Lemon Tree
- Little Jilliby
- Little Wobby
- Long Jetty
- Lower Mangrove
- MacMasters Beach
- Mangrove Creek
- Mangrove Mountain
- Mannering Park
- Mooney Mooney
- Mooney Mooney Creek
- Mount Elliot
- Mount White
- Niagara Park
- Norah Head
- North Avoca
- North Gosford
- Palm Grove
- Pearl Beach
- Peats Ridge
- Phegans Bay
- Picketts Valley
- Point Clare
- Point Frederick
- Pretty Beach
- Rocky Point
- St Huberts Island
- San Remo
- Shelly Beach
- Summerland Point
- Tacoma South
- The Entrance
- The Entrance North
- Toowoon Bay
- Tumbi Umbi
- Upper Mangrove
- Wendoree Park
- West Gosford
- Wisemans Ferry
- Woy Woy
- Woy Woy Bay
- Wyong Creek
|Selected historical census data for Central Coast local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||327,736|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||3rd|
|% of New South Wales population|
|% of Australian population|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$600|
|% of Australian median income|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1560|
|% of Australian median income|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1258|
|% of Australian median income|
From amalgamation on 12 May 2016 to September 2017, the Central Coast Council area was administered by Ian Reynolds, with former Wyong Shire Acting General Manager Rob Noble appointed as Interim General Manager and Gosford City General Manager Paul Anderson appointed Deputy General Manager.
The Council comprises fifteen Councillors elected proportionally, with three Councillors elected in five wards. Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, with the first term to last for three years. The Mayor is elected by Councillors for a period of two years, the Deputy Mayor is elected for one year.
|Administrator||Ian Reynolds||12 May 2016 – 26 September 2017||General Manager of Blacktown City Council 2000–2005|
|Mayor||Lisa Matthews||23 September 2019 – date|||
|Deputy Mayor||Jane Smith||23 September 2019 – date||Mayor of Gosford 2002–2010|
|Rob Noble||12 May 2016 – 20 September 2017||Acting General Manager of Wyong Shire 2015–2016|
|Brian Bell||20 September 2017 – date||General Manager of Lake Macquarie 2006–2017|
The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council by order of election, is as follows:
|Australian Labor Party||6|
|Liberal Party of Australia||4|
|Budgewoi Ward||Doug Vincent||Labor||Wyong A Ward Councillor 2008–2016|
|Greg Best||Independent||Mayor of Wyong 2002–2004|
|Gosford East Ward||Rebecca Gale Collins||Liberal|
|Jane Smith||Independent||Mayor 2017–2019||Deputy Mayor 2019 - to date|
|Gosford West Ward||Richard Mehrtens||Labor|
|Chris Holstein||Independent||Deputy Mayor 2017–2019|
|The Entrance Ward||Lisa Matthews||Labor||Mayor 2019 - to date|
|Wyong Ward||Kyle MacGregor||Labor|
|Chris Burke||Liberal||Gosford City Councillor 2008–2016|
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