Central Coast Leagues unveils new masterplan for expansion
CENTRAL Coast Leagues Club has today released a new masterplan that will guide the club's evolution into a modern, connected hub of community for the Coast.
A bold vision for what has long been a Central Coast institution, features of the plan include a vibrant alfresco dining precinct, improved pedestrian connections to Gosford city and the waterfront, hotel accommodation, along with new, state-of-the-art facilities for members and guests to enjoy.
Club chairman Peter James said that while still conceptual, the masterplan put Central Coast Leagues on a positive path towards diversification and enhancement of the experiences it offers to club patrons.
"Central Coast Leagues has been a centre point to life on the Coast for more than 60 years. We're a familiar, much-loved gathering place. Built by locals, for locals," Mr James said.
"Rich history inevitably comes with some challenges. And in our case the challenge is a building that no longer reflects the range or quality of experiences we need to offer our patrons.
" Every journey starts with a single step, and this masterplan is the club's first on a journey towards a truly modern, welcoming and fun future at Central Coast Leagues."
The release of the masterplan coincides with broader plans for Gosford's transformation, with the NSW State Government already investing in revitalisation planning for the city centre and enhancements to Ray Maher Field, local infrastructure development and employment growth.
"Central Coast Leagues is not just a centre of community here on the Coast, we're quite literally at the centre of the community. Understanding that the State has plans to fundamentally transform neighbouring community amenities such as Ray Maher Field, we've taken the opportunity to articulate our place within a broader process of urban transformation," Mr James said.
With the club occupying a strategically important site that offers a point of connection between the city centre, station, stadium, parklands and waterfront, Mr James said Central Coast Leagues Club had the potential to be the exciting, welcoming gateway to a revitalised Gosford.
"It also gives us the opportunity to fundamentally enhance the amenities and experiences we provide to members and guests while securing our position as a major employer and contributor to the local economy and community for years to come. When realised, the vision will generate 1500 direct construction jobs and up to 400 permanent jobs within the precinct," he said.
"This masterplan is all about cementing our place at the centre of a connected, vibrant, prosperous Central Coast."
With a conceptual masterplan now in place for the Central Coast Leagues Club site, next steps for the club will include more detailed exploration of redevelopment options, feasibiity and design.