Economic development

Central Coast Regional Plan 2036

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future of the Central Coast.

Economic Development Strategy 2014-2039

Central Coast Council is the amalgamation of the former Gosford City and Wyong Shire Local Government Areas. In 2014, the former Wyong Shire Council endorsed a 25-year economic development strategy for the northern area of the Central Coast with a clear vision and framework for stimulating a prosperous sustainable economy.

A comprehensive Central Coast Economic Development Strategy will be underway following adoption of the One Coast Plan.

Regional Economic Development and Employment Strategy (REDES) program

Council's strategy ties in with the Regional Economic Development and Employment Strategy (REDES) managed by Regional Development Australia Central Coast.

2030 Community Strategy

All of our economic development activity fits within the overall Community Vision for the Central Coast to be a caring, sustainable and prosperous community. This strategy, outlined in the 2030 Community Strategic Plan will be implemented by all levels of government and other organisations with the community.

Consolidated Local Environment Plan

Central Coast Council is well underway with preparing a consolidated Local Environmental Plan (LEP) which when completed, will guide development in the Local Government area over the next 25 years. This will allow clearer understanding for applicants with a planning instrument which addresses the entire Local Government area of the Central Coast.

Other plans, reports and strategies

For more information on the Central Coast’s Strategic Plans, Annual Plan and most recent Annual Reports, visit our Publications page.

Why the Central Coast?

As a region poised for rapid population growth, just one hour north of Sydney, the Central Coast offers enormous opportunities right now for new residential, business, educational and visitor facilities in this region.

If you are engaged in residential, aged care, industrial, business or commercial projects, we will work with you to find the right site and explore viable solutions that provide solid returns in line with community expectations. Council is also providing attractive incentives, such as deferred contributions for developers who meet certain conditions, and has one of the fastest DA turnaround times in the State.

The Central Coast has a range of affordable greenfield sites ready for development and is one of the best value areas in the greater Sydney basin, with low establishment costs and strong demand. Our industrial land sits next to major transport infrastructure, logistically halfway between Sydney and Newcastle, and equidistant to Melbourne and Brisbane.

Central Coast Council spent $183 million on infrastructure in 2016-17 and the NSW Government has allocated major funds to upgrade our key transport corridors.

It is time to take a fresh look at the Central Coast as our momentum builds. We are committed to creating jobs and will do everything we can to help you get your project off the ground and welcome you into our growing community.

If your business is currently paying too much rent, is cramped for space and looking to grow, or you are looking for your next development opportunity, the Central Coast has the low costs, the location, the workforce and the opportunities to take your business to the next level.


Now more than ever, finding the right work/life balance is first and foremost for many people. Where you live, what you can squeeze in before and after work, and minimising your commute, all contribute to your general wellbeing.

Geography and climate

The Central Coast combines the best of coastal and hinterland living with the ideal Eastern Seaboard business location.


With an ever growing population, the Central Coast has no shortage of worthy candidates to fill positions of all skill levels within your team.

Projects and opportunities

The NSW Central Coast offers a diverse range of infrastructure investment, property development and capital business opportunities at great value.

Identified as a key growth area by the NSW Government, these investment opportunities are supported by forecast economic growth and the significant public and private investment already occurring in infrastructure, business and residential projects.

Infrastructure and utilities

The Central Coast is located mid-way between Sydney and Newcastle, just off the M1 Motorway and on the main Sydney-Brisbane northern rail line. It is also an early roll-out area for the National Broadband Network. As a result, it is highly accessible, meeting infrastructure and utility needs.

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Economic Development Team
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Last updated : Thu 25 Jun 2020