The Peninsula Growth Statement
The Peninsula region in my electorate of Robertson is a diverse area, which has really grown in the last 100 years from a service centre and holiday hot spot into a thriving hub of more than 30,000 homes and businesses.
It takes in areas such as Woy Woy, Ettalong, Umina, Booker Bay, Ettalong Beach, Blackwall, Patonga and many other nearby suburbs, and it is a beautiful part of the Central Coast known by many people around Australia.
Sadly the Peninsula’s been neglected by many Governments, not least the former Labor Government, who failed to meet the very real need for more jobs and better infrastructure in this very important part of my electorate.
Tonight, I want to launch the first Peninsula Growth Statement, to update local families and businesses in a very important geographic area on the Central Coast about what the Federal Government has been doing.
We’ve delivered on the commitments that we made in the Coalition’s positive Growth Plan for the Central Coast before the last election, and we’re continuing to help build an even stronger region through further investments and community engagement.
It’s quite timely, because we are about to see the completion of one of the most significant civic redevelopments on the Peninsula in recent years – Woy Woy Oval.
This fulfils a very important commitment of $3.5 million from the Turnbull Government, to help realise a dream by sporting clubs, businesses and the local community to turn this run-down sports ground into the second largest stadium in my electorate on the Central Coast.
Featuring a 600-seat grandstand, new club facilities and a club kiosk, it will be a venue where sporting folklore will be written for decades to come, starting this season.
Matthew Wales, the President of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has said that this project’s already created several hundred jobs and could act as a continuing catalyst for growth.
From Woy Woy Oval, if you head just a little way down Ocean Beach Road to Umina Beach, then turn right at McEvoy Avenue, you’ll find at the foot of a hill, an oval called McEvoy Oval.
It’s a stunning, beautiful wide open space used by a number of local community and sporting groups. But sadly, its focal point at the moment is a run-down toilet block.
So it’s no wonder that we have seen a tremendous response to our recent announcement of $304,000 of a grant to knock down and upgrade the facility. It will mean improved storage, a canteen and club room in a vibrant and functional community hub in Umina Beach.
Along with these infrastructure investments, we’re also delivering on our $200,000 commitment for more CCTV cameras in Woy Woy, Umina and Ettalong Beach.
The evidence is there, backed up by local businesses and Police, that CCTV is a strong force against crime and anti-social behaviour.
Another issue that has evidence stacked up wherever you are and wherever you go on the Peninsula is the state of local roads.
Our records show that in just the past two years, more than 600 people, just from the Peninsula, have directly contacted me about their concerns regarding their local roads.
Importantly, we’re helping to target the most dangerous intersections in terms of some of these roads, with $500,000 being committed to build new roundabouts in Umina Beach and Woy Woy as part of the Black Spot Programme.
And while local roads are primarily the role of Gosford City Council, the Council has received almost $2 million in 2015-16 as part of the Federal Government’s “Roads to Recovery” programme, and has also invested funds from the Financial Assistance Grants.
This includes $245,000 towards upgrades to parts of Lone Pine Avenue in Umina Beach and Springwood Avenue in Ettalong Beach over the last year.
This has built new kerb and gutters, drainage, road surfaces, bus shelters and footpaths.
We’ve also committed $675,000 to help upgrade the intersection of Woy Woy Road and Langford Drive, and work has already started on the M1-M2 Missing Link, called NorthConnex. Both these projects are very crucial for people on the Peninsula.
We want to see more opportunities for Peninsula residents to be able to live and to work locally, that’s why we need better technology and that’s why I’m pleased to be able to report on the fast rollout of the NBN.
In coming weeks, more than 30,000 more homes and businesses will be declared ‘Ready For Service’ on the Peninsula and able to switch on to superfast broadband.
This is set to be one of the largest activations done by the NBN, and will benefit families and businesses in more than 20 suburbs including the entire Peninsula region.
There are many more funding commitments that we’re delivering to this region – and I look forward to updating the House in due course.
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