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A MESSAGE FROM LOCAL ARCHITECT ANTHONY KELLY…
Dear Central Coast Residents,
Thank you to those who submitted comments, ideas and suggestions for our Gosford Waterfront
Masterplan. As the Director of ADG Architects working with other local parents & families, I want Gosford
to become a World Class city for our children. We have consulted with local Performing Arts organisations,
Engineers, Landscape Architects and Town Planners to produce the current scheme.
We have been continuously developing this vision based on community & stakeholder input, focussing on
• A world class Performing Arts & Cultural Centre including outdoor stages for community events
including Carols and concerts
• Extensive landscaped waterfront with opportunities for outdoor events/entertainment, sculpture
displays and local Indigenous educational experiences
• Family playground & waterpark
• Activation of the Waterfront with restaurants, bars & cafes
• Good accessibility for all ages and capabilities
To enable this to happen we need to:
• Bury the road in a cut and cover excavation
• Make provision for 1500 car spaces
• Provide a bike/pedestrian link from Point Clare to Gosford Waterfront
• Add a rooftop bar/restaurant to The Coast Bar & Restaurant (Iguana Joes) and add floating pontoon
wharves to enable it to be a Ferry terminal to connect all the Brisbane Water communities.
• Construct a new sea wall to protect the south facing waterfront area and the small boat floating
• New boat ramp and trailer parking area on the south side of the Gosford Sailing club with Level 1
parking overhead allowing direct and equitable access into the Gosford Sailing Club at Level 1
• Add Tourist Facilities including water park/aquarium/ Wave Pool/Lagoon Pool & large Playground
• Achieve funding of $1billion
• Carpark fees for 1500 car spaces(local resident/rate payer min fee)
• 6000 sqm of restaurant, bar & cafe areas
• 1000 seat Concert Hall – ticket sales, food, drinks and souvenirs
• 500 seat Theatre – ticket sales, food, drinks and souvenirs
• Marina berthing fees
• Public Art Gallery spaces-entry fees
• Hotel /Conference Centre- Room rates / Corporate events
• Water park admission fees – food, drinks and souvenirs
• Aquarium admission fees – food, drinks and souvenirs
• Outdoor event admission fee opportunities
The Community plan & PACC design that ADG Architects have completed so far have been well received
and completely at our business’s own expense. This is our gift to our local community. Please let us know if
anything else could be added, changed or revised. We hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy
Anthony Kelly and the team at ADG Architects
How good would it be if Sony were to be involved in the building of a performing arts centre here on the Central Coast?… Look at these pics from Canada
FOPAP 2016 PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Welcome to the 12th AGM of Friends of the Performing Arts Precinct (FOPAP).
We need to remember that FOPAP came into existence as a lobbying group to ensure the establishment of a Regional Performing Arts Precinct of excellence in Gosford which would enrich the entire Central Coast Community.
These past 12 months have been uncertain for FOPAP. We are aware that the former Gosford City Council was allocated the task of selecting a site for the Regional Performing Arts Precinct (RPAP) and we assume that the appointed Central Coast Council will expedite this process rather than defer the decision until the Council elections take place in September 2017.
The location of the RPAP continues to be controversial. For many, the incomprehensible decision to build a Federal Tax Office and State Government Finance Office on such a picturesque and culturally sensitive site is hard to understand and accept. We are aware that the community, via Gosford Waterfront Alliance is testing the validity of these proposed developments through the Land and Environment Court.
The Rotary (Poppy) Park also continues to be controversial. The State Government maintains that their substantial financial commitment towards the Regional Performing Arts Precinct and the Central Coast Conservatorium is still tied to this geographical site.
Recently, we became aware of unresolved Native Title and Land Title claims on Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront. It is our hope that the various parties will work together with the objective of coming to an informed consensus through dialogue. However, this may be a slow process.
Although earlier design drawings for a RPAP remain “on the table” it is encouraging, in these uncertain times, to see that new and innovative architectural energy is flourishing. A local Gosford architectural firm is developing draft design options for the Gosford waterfront which will include a new plan for a RPAP. Although it is early days, we await with interest, their design concepts.
The FOPAP Committee continues to take every opportunity to dialogue with the media, representatives from the three levels of government and other persons and groups of interest as outlined in our regular Newsletters, Website and Facebook. We have also visited Performing Arts Precinct facilities in other regions.
As President of FOPAP I would like to extend my grateful thanks to this hard working Committee who have continued over the past 12 months to work tirelessly for our Vision.
The Committee members are:- Peter Brandon (Vice President), Margaret Epps (Secretary) John Holt (Treasurer) Margaret Hardy, Claire O’Connor, Patrick Brennan, Valerie Everingham, Peggy de Seriere, Lorraine Parkes, Trevor Moore, Barney Waters.
The FOPAP Committee remains steadfast in its resolve to continue working towards its Vision of seeing a Regional Performing Arts Precinct become a reality.
The Central Coast Region needs and deserves this!
Our grateful thanks to all members and supporters of FOPAP.
President of FOPAP
READ THE LATEST FOPAP NEWSLETTER – October 2016
CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK: fopap-newsletter-2016-3
A LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CC CONSERVATORIUM of MUSIC
Dear Friends of FOPAP
The Board of Management of the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music has been closely following the debate concerning the future development of the Gosford Waterfront, and in particular the old Gosford Public School site.
We believe that if ATO and NSW Treasury buildings are built on the site, then the opportunity to establish an iconic Performing Arts Precinct will be lost for generations to come. Future residents and tourists from around the world should be able to drive over the Brian McGowan Bridge and be greeted by a magnificent Performing Arts Precinct with endless artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities on offer to all who both live in, and visit, our wonderful region.
One only has to look at recent developments on Darwin’s Harbour to see what can be achieved by a community that holds these pursuits in high regard- a performing arts space surrounded by stunning walkways and associated businesses and accommodation. In addition it highlights the importance of the local Indigenous groups to the cultural heritage of the Darwin area – something we sadly lack in our waterfront planning in Gosford. [Read More…]
- an acoustic Concert Hall to seat 600 plus
- a new Conservatorium of Music
- a regional Auditorium
- performance spaces for dance, drama, bands, singers
- a cultural display centre for Indigenous people
- cafes, public spaces