THE HOSPITAL PRECINCT
Gosford boasts major public and private hospitals and a wide range of specialist and support services that cater for the broader Central Coast population. Close to the station, the Hospital Precinct is one of Gosford’s busiest zones and the Masterplan seeks to reinforce its health and wellbeing services. Initiatives include upgrades to Etna Street Bridge, Holden Street and Racecourse Road pedestrian access, new development along Showground Road, the relocation of Gosford Public School and upgrades to Gosford and Henry Kendall High School ovals.
THE RAILWAY PRECINCT
The Railway Station is a major element in the centre of Gosford and as development occurs and more jobs are created, activity in this precinct will naturally increase. Mann Street will be upgraded with wider footpaths, more shade and improved amenity and safety, while Hills and Watt streets will form the green spine that links the northern residential precincts to Kibble Park. Burns Park, a forgotten gem, will be reinvigorated by the removal of the seldom-used Gateway Centre Bridge and the upgrade of the adjoining Bus Interchange.
THE CITY CORE
The traditional heart of Gosford lies around Mann Street and Kibble Park, with retail focused in the zone between Donnison Street and Erina Street. Kibble Park’s recent upgrade has seen its use and activity increase significantly, with play areas, water features, shade structures, swathes of grass and a new café bringing new life into the centre of the city. Key initiatives include the ongoing activation of Kibble Park, an upgrade of Mann Street, an upgrade of Imperial Shopping Centre and enhanced links between Donnison Street and Rumbalara.
THE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT
One of the key drivers of the Masterplan is to create a wide variety of interesting things to see and do, drawing people back to the area at night and on weekends. This will have enormous social and economical benefits through improved links between existing entertainment elements such as Central Coast Stadium, the Central Coast Leagues Club and Mann Street restaurants as well as the introduction of exciting new elements. Key initiatives include Baker Street Boulevard upgrades and the new Gosford Performing Arts Centre.
The jewel in Gosford’s crown is undoubtedly the waterfront. The Masterplan allows for enhanced use of this wonderful amenity which will house new retail, entertainment, offices and waterfront apartments, creating a vibrant environment for all. There will be a new public square for events and a new cycle link to Point Clare. Buildings will be designed to minimise view loss from the city and direct access to the water will be allowed at controlled locations. Any development will maintain or enhance the natural environment. The Gosford City Centre Masterplan was born from a partnership between Gosford City Council and the community, which articulated the need and desire for Gosford to be recognised as the regional city of the Central Coast. It establishes how the city will encompass a wide range of uses including business, government, retail, cultural, educational and recreational activities, identifying five key precincts of activity.