Council encourages bookings of its beaches, reserves, parklands or lookouts for family events such as reunions. A passive open space booking is required for events where fewer than 80 people are expected to attend. The space can only be reserved for a maximum of three hours.
Your booking will ensure that no other bookings are made for the same time and location. However, the public is not excluded from the surrounding area and approval does not guarantee exclusive use of nearby facilities.
Hirers are allowed to bring up to 12 chairs, one table and two small structures such as shade cloths. Structures must be weighted by sandbags (pegs are not permitted).
Event organisers are encouraged to contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 463 954 before submitting a Passive Event Booking Form to check the site and date availability, determine if the event is appropriate and to make a tentative booking.
Things to consider when planning your event:
- Do you have an alternative plan in case of wet weather?
- Can the official party and all your guests get to the area safely?
- Can elderly or mobility impaired guests get to the area safely?
- Is the area easily accessible for delivering equipment and setup?
- Vehicle access is not permitted into park or beach areas. Vehicles must be parked in designated car parking spaces.
- Council’s routine maintenance programme keeps its parks and gardens tidy. However, please be aware that there may be debris from people using the area before your event.
Business events such as conferences, trade days and exhibitions are commercially competitive and play a major role in attracting visitors to the Central Coast.
A Central Coast meeting and event planner is available online detailing attractions, potential venues, accommodation options and travel guides for the Central Coast. It includes an extensive range of private venues and local suppliers to assist with catering and technical requirements.
For local venues seeking assistance or guidance to grow their MICE business, Council suggests seeking professional expertise via Business Events Sydney or utilising the resources supplied by Destination NSW in the NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan and the NSW Regional Conferencing Toolkit.
Further support from Council can be provided to business events via Tier 3 sponsorship funding, attendance of key Council staff at events, or by providing letters of support for bids on events to be held in the region.
These can include a wide range of events that appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences and experiences. Council recognises the important role these events play in building a sense of community pride, social inclusion and tourism opportunities.
Funding for events
Council also has a range of grant funding programs open for application throughout the year. These are intended to support community initiatives and events. For businesses, Council has Tier 3 sponsorship funding available for events.