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People power overcomes council asset sales

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch has welcomed the decision by Central Coast Council to remove important community infrastructure and green space from sale following community outcry.

23 July 2021

 

COUNCIL had initially proposed selling off of community assets under Tranche 3 of the Asset Sales Program which included the Umina town centre carpark behind West Street, the Ingenia affordable housing estate in Ettalong, a large site in Gosford at the foot of Rumbalara Reserve, green space along Memorial Ave, Blackwall, lots on Angler Street, Woy Woy, and the community park on Brisbane Ave Umina. All of these have now been removed from sale.

 

A petition was launched by Ms Tesch to stop the sale of the well-used Umina carpark. It was signed by more than 2,000 local residents and was supported by many of the local businesses across West Street. She also supported the community in protesting the sale of the park in Brisbane Ave, Umina and the Ingenia estate.

 

Ms Tesch said that people power has triumphed over Council’s ill-conceived fire-sale.

 

“This decision demonstrates that people power across our community can make a difference,” said Ms Tesch.

 

“In particular, the potential loss of the Umina car park would have been devastating to many of the local businesses who are located along West Street. Many of their customers use this car park and the laneway access is used regularly by trucks to restock these local shops.

 

“I want to congratulate the good people across our community who protested, signed petitions and made submissions to Council especially while we don’t have democratically-elected representatives to hold them to account.”

 

In the absence of elected Councillors, Ms Tesch applauds the community, and will continue to work to make sure the voice of our community is heard at local government level.

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