A boat fueling station in the middle of Brisbane Water; a concern about where the New Year’s Eve fireworks will be lit if there’s a new walkway; an idea to close Brian McGowan Bridge and turn it into a multi storey car park.
These are some of the ideas showing up on Council’s interactive map about revitalising Gosford Waterfront and it’s a game the whole family can play.
The suggestion to close Brian McGowan Bridge is shot down by another commenter who states it’s a short-sighted idea because the parked cars would enjoy the views.
A third comment on the same thread says that solving the air and noise pollution from the Central Coast Highway and train line should be a priority.
“Living close to this area I can say the noise from the freight trains in particular can be excruciatingly loud and unpleasant – would be amazing to have metro/tunnels to solve these issues.”
The commenter says it would “obviously be expensive” but it would be highly beneficial to the overall ambiance and attractivity of the area.
People are asking questions about who would own the concept plan’s conference centre and would the carpark at the stadium be for owners of waterfront units.
This reporter posed a question about what would happen to the bowling club when the concept plan has a hotel in its place.
Others have joined the discussion asking How can it be claimed there is going to be more public land with the revitalisation if the Gosford Bowling Club is being sold off and made into a hotel?
“This is a grab for public land and a loss of public assets,” the commenter says.
Reaction to ideas of waterfront retail and residential space is attracting both thumbs up and thumbs down as people put forward their views.
One sayd the focus of the whole development should be on providing facilities, spaces, and places for people to enjoy the waterway, access other areas, meet, socialize, without blocking the water views.
Another says the residential and commercial development are needed to make the project viable and that the buildings can be designed so people don’t lose their views.
The interactive map shows lots of thumbs up for the ideas such as the water taxi, the round public building concept on the water side of Drifters Wharf on what appears would be more reclaimed land and the amphitheatre sited between the wharf and Eat St cafe, where the carnival usually sets up each Christmas.
A suggestion to relocate Dane Drive has received 6 thumbs up and no dislikes and no-one dislikes the idea of redeveloping Gosford pool.
The interactive map is fun because you can add to discussions that have already started or come up with your own suggestions.
Have a play: council says it wants the community to get involved in the revitalisation of the Gosford waterfront by:
- Viewing the concept plan
- Reading the frequently asked questions
- Contributing to and joining the conversation on the interactive concept plans and sharing your ideas, suggestions and opinions
- Providing feedback via the online feedback form
“Let Council know what is important to you so that we can ensure the final design reflects the values of our community,” Council says.
“Join us in this opportunity to develop a collective Gosford that will join the great waterfronts of the world.”
Comments close December 1.
See previous stories on the waterfront concept plan here: