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Old January 15th, 2006, 06:05 AM   #81
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I live in Menai, love where we live but hate the expensive prices and the rat race. Can't wait to move but we r saving for another 6-8 months which will make a differance in the long term. Just love the aerial photos above.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 03:05 AM   #82
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FROM TRANSPORTATION THREAD>

The Bass and Flinders owned ocean Dreaming catamaran service is making day trips in a trial service by June!
The 34m luxury catamaran arrived yesterday at a Gosford public wharf with passengers keen to see area.
The vessel which can carry 275 people and will make 32 trial visits allowing customers 3hrs ashore.
After the trials the $75 daytripper ticket will inject $20,000 into Central Coast on each voyage! Some tours will include a Reptile park visit or Norah head lighthouse tour
CC tourism Horst Endrulat said the spectacular voyage will be a hit with holiday makers and will rate alongside BridgeClimb as an international attraction.
I also reckon it will boost Gosfords economy and assist with its impending construction boom since the citys masterplan has recently been approved for highrise up to 20storeys! Where the catamaran will dock is where the new marina will be built right opposite CC stadium!
i think voyage will take 45mins. This idea has been mooted for 10 years with a "fast ferry service" from Circular Quay to Ettalong, but nothing has happened. Finally somehting is going to happen. This catamaran will have to pass the Outrigger at Ettalong, not sure if it will stop there to pic up or what.

Brisbane waters map


i think its about 80km from circ quay to gosford


thanks to airviewonline for pix

TRIP ROUTE

Should be an impressive trip.
starting from Quay



then out through Heads



past Manly and northern beaches



then past Palm Beach



across to Umina Beach


past Outrigger @ Ettalong
(Outrigger is large site at bottom right of pic)


view from outrigger


and under Rip Bridge in Woy Woy



(the spectacular Rip bridge can be seen in this pic)



along Brisbane waters to Gosford.
(futre marina to be built in front of stadium in this pic)

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Old February 24th, 2006, 11:23 AM   #83
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there was an article in a recent paper up here about the 2 large highrise projects that locals and council want to be either lowered or scrapped! The 7storey stage 2 of Outrigger and Tesrols 9dtorey -90unit block both at Ettalong town centre.
The council are fuming this week as they have just realized that FSartor is in charge of any highrise dev within 100m of coast line for NSW. He has said here doesnt see what fuss is about and likes the projects.
YES!!
These backward nimbys in dead old Ettalong dont relize its for the towns future. It will bring people and inject some life back into the township. gesus.

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Old February 24th, 2006, 11:56 AM   #84
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It's a shame about the lack of PT up that way. If it weren't for that, I'd consider going up there in a heartbeat (I can't and probably never will drive).

Then again, I live in the Shire, so it's not all bad!
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Old February 26th, 2006, 03:46 AM   #85
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this kind of opposition to development in the Central Coast is really hindering growth there. The area has so much potential and if it was developed there would be more business and emloyment which would mean more people moving there and demand for houses which would push the value up. the area is already under developed, its not like it will become a mini Gold Coast.

The marina and ferry services to circular quay will be great for the area and tourism. central gosford badly needs some development. im still planning on moving to the cc this year, can't wait for it.
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Old April 13th, 2006, 01:23 AM   #86
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GREAT NEWS! in todays CC times, the Gosford mayor-Laurie maher has adopted the 20 year blueprint allowing highrise in the peninsula. his vote ment that the plan will allow bldgs more then 3 storeys.the draft now will see morte then 4800 new dwellings to accomadate 8000 in woy woy peninsula. This means 5 storeys in umina, 6storeys in woy woy. Also higher bldgs for specialized zones such as Ettalong.
this means employment and more action in CC. lets hope infrastacture keeps up. i think it will now.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 08:46 AM   #87
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Empire bay here we come!!!!

just bought a 3 bedroom house in Empire Bay on the wonderful Central Coast.
Got it for a steal too, knocked off 35k off the asking price. will rent it out for 12 months before we move from sydney up there. Can't wait to go up there friendly people, laid back, beautiful beaches.

it's the sleeping giant of NSW

Go u might mariners!!
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Old April 21st, 2006, 08:55 AM   #88
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You've gotta be a master barterer to get them to knock that much off! Anyway enjoy your new house.
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Empire bay here we come!!!!

just bought a 3 bedroom house in Empire Bay on the wonderful Central Coast.
Got it for a steal too, knocked off 35k off the asking price. will rent it out for 12 months before we move from sydney up there. Can't wait to go up there friendly people, laid back, beautiful beaches.

it's the sleeping giant of NSW

Go u might mariners!!
Congratulations of your purchase! I am sure it will be everything you want - soak in the resort feel and more relaxed atmosphere!

I hope you like Umina beach.

Empire Bay is ok but a little out of the way and rather quiet even by Central Coast standards. It takes a while to get from there to any of the major centres as it's right around the other side of the broadwater. I hope you enjoy it though it is definitely a great place for families and some of the recent development is very positive. The Central Coast is not as quiet as many of you think though with traffic gridlock during peakhour through various major routes and many other transport bottlenecks and associated problems. Gosford is moving ahead much faster now with investment and many new buildings - life is starting to come back to what was a dead centre.

I just wish they would build a bridge from the Northen Beaches through to the Peninsula. It would be so awesome and bring everything so much closer together. The tolled freeway from the F3 to Erina would also be a high agenda item I'd love to see materialise along with the 'Central Coast Way', a freeway designed to snake along the route of The Entrance Road, all the way from Gosford to The Entrance. Projects like these would give the place vital infrastructure that it has required for a long time. Meh while they are at at it add another train route that takes in the Central Coast's eastern suburbs too.

The Mariners are very cool and I was lucky enough to be VIP at their recent awards dinner at Mingara. They well and truly deserve all the support they get. The Marinators are awesome too and they should get full marks for all they have done this year.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 03:33 AM   #90
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F3 works to receive priority

11May06

CENTRAL Coast roads were the big winners in Tuesday's Federal Budget with news the widening of the F3 would be fast-tracked.


Federal Roads Minister and Robertson Federal Liberal MP Jim Lloyd was ``delighted'' with the extra road funding.

The Government has allocated $105.8 million to widen the F3 from Cowan to Mount Colah.

The State Government will contribute another $20 million to finish the work in two years instead of five.

``This will have a big impact on the Central Coast community,'' Mr Lloyd said. ``I suppose you could say it's been my signature project for the past decade.

``By the middle of 2008 we will have this project done.''

He said the other good news for the coast was the $1 million in road funding to Wyong and Gosford councils.

This is on top of funding the councils already receive from the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery program.

``Every council in Australia received double their Roads to Recovery funding and it will be in advance and in the bank by June for councils to spend on their priorities,'' Mr Lloyd said.

``This is on top of recurrent funding and it's a windfall for councils.''

He said extra funding allocated to the State Government was also good news for coast roads.

``The State Government will get $1.4 billion extra which again will be in the bank this year,'' he said.
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^yes its a positive approach by the budget. really needs it . they can see that the area is growing with 8000 new residents coming to peninsula in next few decades.

#sounds like a great buy, the Empire Bay is a top area. i have a few friends that live there and its central to most things.Arnt the prices on the Peninsula excellent? you can buy a 3 bedroom house for under 300K with 5mins from beach.The lifesytle is unreal.
Empire Bay as quick access from nearby Rip Bridge (south)and Kincumber (north).
some properties currently for sale>

http://www.realestate.com.au/realest...ast/empire+bay

local website>
http://www.cityofgosford.com/Empirebay/

this pic shows Empire Bay where the letter C is on watermark.



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He said the other good news for the coast was the $1 million in road funding to Wyong and Gosford councils.

This is on top of funding the councils already receive from the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery program.

``Every council in Australia received double their Roads to Recovery funding and it will be in advance and in the bank by June for councils to spend on their priorities,'' Mr Lloyd said.

``This is on top of recurrent funding and it's a windfall for councils.''

He said extra funding allocated to the State Government was also good news for coast roads.

``The State Government will get $1.4 billion extra which again will be in the bank this year,'' he said.
The shoddy roads up there need the entire 1.4 billion to get them to even being remotely acceptable. 1 million will buy what, a few palms to put in the centre of roundabouts to block driver vision?
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11May06

CENTRAL Coast roads were the big winners in Tuesday's Federal Budget with news the widening of the F3 would be fast-tracked.


Federal Roads Minister and Robertson Federal Liberal MP Jim Lloyd was ``delighted'' with the extra road funding.

The Government has allocated $105.8 million to widen the F3 from Cowan to Mount Colah.

The State Government will contribute another $20 million to finish the work in two years instead of five.

``This will have a big impact on the Central Coast community,'' Mr Lloyd said. ``I suppose you could say it's been my signature project for the past decade.

``By the middle of 2008 we will have this project done.''

He said the other good news for the coast was the $1 million in road funding to Wyong and Gosford councils.

This is on top of funding the councils already receive from the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery program.

``Every council in Australia received double their Roads to Recovery funding and it will be in advance and in the bank by June for councils to spend on their priorities,'' Mr Lloyd said.

``This is on top of recurrent funding and it's a windfall for councils.''

He said extra funding allocated to the State Government was also good news for coast roads.

``The State Government will get $1.4 billion extra which again will be in the bank this year,'' he said.
Dogs ******* arse. How about widening the Entrance Rd or mayby even the pacific highway in some stretches? ******* dicks
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Old May 31st, 2006, 04:20 AM   #94
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word is the Central Coast might become home to nuclear power station! woohoo!
i think it will be ok. lots of jobs. lots of $$ coming into area. hopefully safety issues are no1 priority.
something like this north of Wyong



M Iemma ,sorry Mr Burns excellent
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Express Advocate June 3
THE State Government wants to turn Gosford into a regional hub and force the Central Coast's economy to be self-contained.


That is the aim of Premier Morris Iemma who this week released the Government's 10-year plan to use debt to fund public infrastructure projects.

The Government outlined 59 infrastructure projects for the Central Coast designed to reduce the number of people commuting to Sydney and Newcastle for work.

Gosford Hospital and Mandala Mental Health Unit stand to gain from the State Infrastructure Strategy, with a $135 million commitment in the 2006/07 Budget.

This includes providing new breast screening facilities at Gosford Hospital and an upgrade at Mandala.

Other health projects include a new combined ambulance station, at Wyong; a transitional care unit, at Woy Woy, and further redevelopment to Wyong Hospital.

Education, law enforcement, transport and power will also benefit from the strategy.

How much they will benefit will be revealed on Tuesday when the NSW Treasury hands down the Budget.

A spokesman for the Premier warned that not all of the Central Coast's projects would receive funding in this year's budget.

He also noted that some of the projects including widening of The Entrance Rd from the Tumbi Rd roundabout to Terrigal Drive had already started.

The Government has committed $41.3 billion to the strategy over the next four years.


I believe the coast has been neglected by the state government over the years including the promise of a new railway station in Warnervale. would be interesting to know with the election next march, if the seats around the central coast are labor or liberal run??
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^ this is a great step forward. Ive always hoped Gosford will eb a major CBD one day.Its masterplan is now been approved,so should start to se some action over next few years.
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took this last week while on ferry trip.lovely location at Ettalong.
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I'd like to see Gosford as a major CBD with plenty of highrises .... but I gather they would have to massacre a lot of those silly Nimby's before that could happen.
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^ that was the case up until a couple of months ago! The good news came after planning minister Sartor approved the masterplan which took 4 years to approve.There was an 8storey height limit and now they have recently approved buildings up to 20storeys! The mayor and council realize that gosford was stagnated and now it will have a future with devlopers realizing the potential of a major CBD exactly halfway between Sydney & newcastle!!
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the 17storey hotel above central leagues is about to start
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