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Administrator Appointment
Mr Rik Hart is the Administrator of Central Coast Council

Administrator Appointment 

Mr Rik Hart is the Administrator for Central Coast Council, appointed by the then Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP. Mr Hart’s appointment followed the Minister’s announcement on 26 April 2021 of a formal Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council led by Commissioner Ms Roslyn McCulloch.

The Council was suspended on 30 October 2020 and the formal Public Inquiry led to the postponement of the local government election for Central Coast Council, which was scheduled for September 2021.

On 17 March 2022, Minister for Local Government, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman tabled the report into the Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council, and took action to terminate all suspended Councillors, effective immediately.

On 1 June 2022, Minister for Local Government, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman MP announced the local government election for Central Coast Council (i.e., the return of Councillors) will be held on 14 September 2024. 

Until this time, the Administrator acts as the Council, effectively replacing the role previously performed by the Mayor and Councillors. 

Mr Hart assumed the role of Administrator from Mr Dick Persson AM who had been in the role since October 2020.

For information about the role of an Administrator, please read our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Administrator’s Reports

Administrator's Messages
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    Administrator's Message
    Administrator's Message - $300M works program to be delivered
    I’d like to thank everyone who gave feedback on Council’s Draft Operational Plan and Budget for 2024-2025. After initially capping capital expenditure funding at $175M to meet Council’s financial recovery goals, we’re now looking forward to delivering a significant capital works program with more than $300M of projects identified.
    17/07/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2024
    The Central Coast has one of the largest and fastest-growing indigenous communities in Australia, with more than 4.9 per cent of residents identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, according to 2021 Census data. This is above the NSW average of 3.4 per cent and represents slightly more than 17,000 of our residents.
    01/07/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Register today for Candidate Information Session 4
    Council is hosting its fourth and final pre-election candidate information session for people who are interested in becoming a Councillor, with registrations now open. On Tuesday 16 July 2024, Council will host the public information session at the Erina Community Trust Hall, 27 Karalta Road, Erina.
    19/06/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Planning Our Housing Supply Now and Into the Future
    Last month I endorsed the Central Coast Local Housing Strategy, following an extensive public consultation period in 2023.
    04/06/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Proud finalist at the 2024 Sports Foyer NSW Community Sports Awards
    I am delighted to announce that Central Coast Council is a finalist, under the category of Local Council of the Year, at the 2024 Sports Foyer NSW Community Sports Awards.
    27/05/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – We sing for yellow
    What an incredible season the Mariners have had so far.
    21/05/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – It’s not too late to have your say
    I encourage everyone to have their say about the quality of life on the Central Coast.
    30/04/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Council has held its second Candidate Information Session for prospective Councillors
    On Tuesday 9 April 2024, Council ran it’s second public information session for people interested in nominating to run for election as a Councillor at Central Coast Council.There was a strong turnout – approximately 50-60 people – at the public event in Wyong, and I’d like to thank everyone who made the time to come along to this second session. Each candidate information session has covered a broad range of topics including the purpose and principles of local government, Council’s structure and functional responsibilities, the integrated planning and reporting (IP&R) framework (including the types of strategies and plans that Councillors will make decisions on), Central Coast Council’s recent history (including its financial crisis and recovery), financial management practices (including Council’s Financial Strategy and Long-term Financial Plan);
    16/04/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Central Coast wet weather event
    The Central Coast received an enormous amount of rain last week, over 200mm in some areas in the space of 24 hours!
    09/04/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Reminder! The second Candidate Information Session is on next week
    Next week, Council is hosting the second pre-election candidate information session for people who may be interested in becoming a Councillor. What:
    02/04/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Wishing the Central Coast community a happy and safe Easter long weekend
    The Easter long weekend is fast approaching!
    26/03/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Registration now open for Candidate Information Session 2
    Council is hosting the second pre-election candidate information session for people who may be interested in becoming a councillor, with registrations now open. On Tuesday 9 April 2024, Council will host the public information session at the Wyong Administration Building, 2 Hely Street, Wyong, NSW 2259. Kicking off at 5.30pm for a 6pm start, the session will provide information, insights and resources for prospective candidates with presentations from guest speakers and local government experts. Session two will cover the following topics:About Central Coast Council – what has been achieved while under Administration, including Council actions in response to the recommendations of the Public InquiryInformation about the constitutional referendum being held on 14 September 2024Navigating the political context of being a councillorInformation on planning an election campaign (budget, marketing, procedural steps etc.) and steps involved in preparing to run for electionA day in the life of a councillor – what to expect once electedLegislative responsibilities and obligations of councillors and what it means to be part of the governing bodyA brief overview of Council’s leadership structure and information about how councillors can appropriately interact with Council staff. To register for pre-election candidate information session two, follow this link:
    20/03/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Central Coast wins international tourism award
    Our beautiful Central Coast region has won first place in the global Green Destinations Story Awards at the world’s leading travel trade show, ITB Berlin! ITB Berlin is a peak body in the international tourism industry, and these annual awards are presented to the most inspiring sustainable tourism initiatives submitted across six categories.
    12/03/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Council tracking well this financial year
    Central Coast Council has performed well throughout the first half of this year, with quarter two (Q2) results reported to Council at the 26 February 2024 Council Meeting. Council has now commenced setting aside funds – $1.4M each month – to enable the final pay down of the remaining emergency loan in November 2025.
    05/03/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – $40M funding injected into renewing the Central Coast road network
    I’m delighted to announce that Council has received $40 million for the Central Coast Road Upgrades project, a major and welcome funding injection into our 2,200km road network. The Federal Government has provided this funding package which will see the delivery of 46 individual projects to be carried out over a four-year period, from 2024 to 2027.Projects have been grouped into two programs:
    27/02/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Seniors Festival back with a bang this March!
    The Central Coast Seniors Festival is back this year from 11 – 24 March 2024!Council has planned a full calendar of events, with a variety of exciting activities across the Coast which embrace and recognise the important contributions seniors play in our community.Local services and resources available to seniors will be on show at the annual Seniors Expo on Thursday 21 March at Wyong Racecourse, with a variety of stallholders from businesses, services, and community groups around the Central Coast.
    20/02/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Council undertakes pre-emptive works on The Entrance Channel
    It was great to meet community members, Council experts and the Member for The Entrance, Mr David Mehan MP, on site at The Entrance Channel this week to discuss Council’s next stage of works at The Entrance Channel. On 20 February, Council will undertake pre-emptive works at the channel to ensure it is in an appropriate ‘flood ready’ stage, by establishing a pilot channel that can be connected to the ocean should a flood event occur and intervention triggers are activated. Council is constantly monitoring the channel condition through real-time data including remote cameras, satellite imagery, and gauges monitoring tidal range within the estuary, as well as forecasts of catchment inflows and lake heights.
    13/02/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Celebrate the magic of Wyong at Love Lanes Festival
    Wyong’s Love Lanes Festival is back this Saturday 10 February 2024 with the historic laneways of Wyong set to come to life! From 4pm-9pm Wyong’s laneways, town park and streets will be packed with entertainment and offerings from our local businesses and much-loved organisations;
    06/02/2024
    Administrator's Message
    Administrator’s message – Australia Day Awards Ceremony announced
    I was delighted to attend the 2024 Australia Day Awards ceremony last week, where an outstanding group of Central Coast citizens were awarded for their incredible contributions to the community. These annual awards are a way for Council and the wider community to celebrate and recognise individuals and organisations who have positively impacted the community. Our 2024 ‘Citizen of the Year’ was 18-year-old Matthew Blakemore, who was awarded for his advocacy and awareness-raising about the needs of young people with a disability.
    29/01/2024
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Yes. Engaging our community is a core responsibly of local government and this ongoing dialogue with our community will continue. For more information about community consultation at Central Coast Council, please visit yourvoiceourcoast.com

  • On 26 April 2021 the then Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP announced a formal Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council to be led by Commissioner Ms Roslyn McCulloch. This followed a suspension order of the Central Coast Council issued by the Minister on 30 October 2020.

  • The Administrator constitutes the Council and must perform all the functions, powers and duties of the Council, which must be treated as if they were performed by the Council. The Administrator effectively acts as the Mayor and the Councillors. This means the Administrator conducts the Council Meetings and undertakes the administrative, civic and ceremonial functions of the governing body.

  • Councillors were terminated from office on 17 March 2022. Prior to this, while Councillors were suspended from 30 October 2020 until 17 March 2022, Councillors were not entitled to exercise the functions of civic office or receive any fee or other remuneration. Councillors who are suspended or terminated have the same rights as any other member of the public.

  • The administration period will continue until the Central Coast Council election on 14 September 2024. Central Coast Council has been in administration since 30 October 2020.

  • On 17 March 2022, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman MP, tabled the report into the Public Inquiry of Central Coast Council.

    Commissioner Roslyn McCullouch made eight recommendations, including that an Administrator be appointed to serve until the Central Coast Council (CCC) election.

  • The status of Central Coast Council being under administration is the decision of the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman MP.  The Minister gave reasons for this decision in their media release on 1 June 2022, which can be accessed on the Office of Local Government’s website here: www.olg.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/ministerial-releases/certainty-for-central-coast-council-poll/

  • The Administrator is here for residents to contact and engage with. The role acts as the Council and undertakes the responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors representing the interests of residents and our communities. You can contact the Administrator by:

    Email -  theadministrator@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

    Post - PO Box 20, Wyong NSW 2259 or PO Box 21, Gosford NSW 2250

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