Pop in to a Central Coast Council pop-up to have your say
IT'S easy sometimes to feel like it's impossible to get your views or concerns to the people who matter.
Which is exactly what Central Coast Council's Staff Pop-ups aim to address, and why Seniors are being encouraged to go along and have their say.
Pop-ups, at which people can speak one-to-one with members of council's leadership and management team, are being held monthly at shopping centres across the Coast until December.
Council said this year's pop-ups had started at Tuggerah in early May and, as in previous years, had proved effective and popular.
The pop-ups program began in 2016 and last year 3000 residents took advantage of the chance to speak directly with council leaders and decision-makers on topics including local roads, flooding, the environment, parks and playgrounds, parking and planning proposals.
For those who can't make it, council points out there are other engagement platforms available, including information sessions, workshops and public meetings, as well as online avenues including via the council website, Facebook or Twitter, or by calling 43258222 or 43505555 Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm.
Look out for staff pop-ups from 5-7pm on June 7 at Lake Haven Shopping Centre, from 10am-12pm July 6 at Bateau Bay Square and from 10am-12pm August 3 at Aldi at Blue Haven.
For information on further dates and locations visit yourvoiceourcoast.com/ meet-our-central-coast- council-leaders.
In other council news this month:
New CEO: Gary Murphy has been appointed as council's new permanent chief executive officer and will start his five-year contract on July 2. He has held council CEO positions since 2003, most recently working for seven years with Lismore City Council in Northern NSW.
HMAS Adelaide: A restored mast from the HMAS Adelaide II will be installed at The Haven at Terrigal. The long-range escort frigate was controversially scuttled in 2011 to create an artificial reef between Avoca Beach and Terrigal and has become home to a range of tropical and subtropical fish, and popular with divers. It had previously been involved in the 1990/91 Gulf War, peacekeeping in East Timor in 1999 and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf as part of the International Coalition against Terrorism in 2001 and 2004.
Capital works: Hundreds of projects are planned right across the Coast in the $199.8M capital works program to be undertaken in the 2018-19 financial year, including $1.3M for the Norah Head Masterplan and key amenity upgrades, $2M to construct the Mardi to Warnervale trunk water pipe, $2M to upgrade the sewer pump station at Woy Woy, $1.8M towards a shared pathway and footpath program, $5.6M to upgrade Adcock Park at West Gosford and $2.5M to finish construction of the Central Coast Regional Sporting Complex at Tuggerah.
Committees call: Council is calling for expressions of interests from community members wanting to sit on the Pedestrian Access and Mobility Advisory Committee (six vacancies); Protection of the Environment Trust Management Committee (one vacancy) and Gosford Foundation Trust (one vacancy). Mayor Jane Smith said, "We are a large council area, representing over 330,000 residents and we want to provide as many avenues as possible for community voice and representation, and these key committees are one part of that commitment". Applications close 5pm on Thursday, May 31. For details, go to www.yourvoiceourcoast.com.