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Welcome to the first ever Gosford City Magazine. I am so excited to launch this initiative designed to promote the arts, culture, community and business within our great city.

General

Simply put, we LOVE Gosford and want to promote and build the overall profile of the city making it a better place to live, work and play.

Editorial & Features

All content in this magazine is provided for by local businesses, individuals, government and not-for-profit organisations who believe that Gosford has the potential to become a thriving and influential regional city. All content is positive in nature and selected to showcase the amazing things our city is achieving.

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It is our hope that through this publication you will be informed and excited and will become a regular and active participant in the Gosford community. Please get behind this great initiative and together let’s build a better Gosford City.

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What’s on in Gosford

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A Message from Lucy Wicks

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Love Gosford

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GBID - Improving Gosford

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New Vision for City Centre

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Christmas in the City

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ARK Week

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Supporting Gosford City Youth

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Art Takes Gosford

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Important Information & disclaimer: Gosford City Magazine is a creative initiative of Creative Industries Design Group. All content within this magazine is provided by third parties and is considered to be factually correct upon submission. Creative Industries will do everything possible to verify that all content is correct at the time of publishing but cannot be held liable for any discrepancies or incorrect information provided. For more information contact info@gosfordcitymagazine.com.au

All contributors are members of the Greater Gosford City Community

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WHAT’S ON STAY INFORMED ABOUT

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CC Mariners VS Brisbane –Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford (02 4337 2500) Cadbury AFL 9’s – Bluetongue Stadium (02 4337 2500)

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Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Kibble Park, Gosford (02 4304 7500)

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Golden Oldies – Imperial Shopping Centre, Gosford (02 4324 4299) CC Mariners VS Sydney FC – Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford (02 4337 2500) Gosford City Markets - Kibble Park, Gosford (02 4322 7726) Christmas Fest & Carols - Kibble Park, Liberty Family Church (02 4322 3607)

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In the 1980s, New York had a reputation. It was dangerous, crime-ridden and far from an enjoyable holiday destination. The government was in a severe financial crisis, people were being mugged on the streets and there was a sense that the city was out of control. Fast forward to present day and you would hardly recognize the place. It is now one of America’s safest big cities and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

I was once a victim to peer pressure. I talked down and jeered with others as we degraded the city of Gosford, laughing at its inhabitants and joking about its lack of things to do. And now look at me. Whenever I travel to Sydney I can’t wait to come home. Like the Central Coast Mariner’s chant goes, “Where you holiday, we live”. It’s true. We are a great place to live. We just need to start thinking for ourselves and seeing the city for what it is.

A similar transformation is taking place right on the Central Coast of New South Wales. With its cheaper housing opportunities, lack of traffic jams, plummeting crime rate and remarkable coastal beauty, more and more people are finding themselves falling in love with the city everyone used to avoid.

Have you ever watched the sunset over Gosford waterfront? Try getting some fish & chips at Montis and watching the effervescent sunbeams cast across the surface of the water. It’s pure magic. And it is things like this that I love about the city. It’s hidden beauties. The things you have to discover for yourself.

For over 162,000 people Gosford is called home. It’s a lot quieter than most cities. It’s also a lot cleaner. But for a long time, it has had a very poor reputation.

Take for example, the finer drinking venue and cocktail bar Reviver—a late night watering hole that is built inside a resurrected funeral home. It is ideally located along the main road of Gosford and just a short walk from the station. Its deep red interior walls and outdoor sandstone bricks compliment the city perfectly, providing a welcomed mixture of design and culture.

This reputation is beginning to fade as more and more flock to the Central Coast to experience its stunning scenery and subtropical climate. Many are spending their well-earned sick days and summer family vacations on our beautiful, less populated beaches. Hoards head up on buses and trains to watch the Mariners take on their opponents. Many more are arriving to experience the fine dining and great restaurants we have to offer. It is safe to say Gosford’s popularity is rising. And it’s rising quickly. I for one, believe in the cultural transformation of Gosford. Simply look at the 52 per cent drop in violent assaults and the 30 per cent drop in crime overall. It’s now impossible to argue that Gosford isn’t changing. There are facts to prove it. It’s simply a matter of us changing our mindsets. And we as a community need to support this change with our actions and with our words.

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Jimmy G’s, located right in the middle of the city, resembles a café straight from Sydney’s the Rocks (minus the ridiculous line-up). The staff are friendly and the coffee is amazing. Looking out from the inside you’d think you were in a New York coffee house. It is places like these that are changing the face of Gosford altogether. Much like the transformation seen in cities such as Redfern and Newcastle, Gosford is becoming a place of innovation and culture. And it is only a matter of time until the rest of NSW begins to realise this. Since the massive renovations to the centre of Gosford,


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“Indeed, it is no secret that Gosford is a beautiful city”

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the city has seen some dramatic changes. Kibble Park, a place that was once unapproachable after hours, now resembles the backyard of a Scott Fitzgerald novel—a place perfect for people watching or reading a great novel. The revitalization of the park has seen a massive transformation in both public behavior as well as new business enterprises—with shops like Jimmy G’s (one of the Coast’s best coffee shops) and Byblos (an enchanting middle-eastern restaurant) opening up on either side. And people are welcoming the changes. Anything that brings about a touch of design, taste or culture to the city, is being supported and hailed by the community. There is also a rare tranquility about the city of Gosford that is worth a mention. Despite how many people frequent it each day, Gosford does not seem to be in a huge gigantic rush all the time. People seem calm here, relaxed, even friendly. And why wouldn’t you be? Surrounded by water, beautiful parks, clean and secure streets, Gosford is no longer the avoidable place it once was. And yes, it once was. If we, as a community, are to continue this growth and revitalization I believe more people need to acknowledge Gosford for what it actually is. More importantly, we need to recognize it for its massive potential. For those of you who don’t believe such a change is happening, or for that matter, is even possible, one need only thrust their attention towards our partner cities. Newcastle, for example, saw a dramatic shift after a simple idea to help boost the unused building spaces. The city experienced a cultural makeover in a period just under a few years. Newcastle was subsequently listed in the top 10 cities featured in The Lonely Planet guide.

“We are a great place to live. We just need to start thinking for ourselves and seeing the city for what it is”

City transformations, like the one we are experiencing in Gosford, are taking place all over NSW, and it is safe to say Gosford is on the cusp of a cultural boom. And it is exciting to see what will take place over the coming years. Indeed, it is no secret that Gosford is a beautiful city. Our coastal views speak for themselves. With urban development taking place over the coming years, a huge part of Gosford will soon be located directly on the water. We have a thriving arts, music and cultural community and the Hunter Valley wineries are just an hour and a half drive away. Our sun-drenched beaches are 25 minutes down the road and Blue Tongue Stadium, home to the current A-League soccer finalists the Central Coast Mariners, boasts one of the most unique views for an outdoor arena in the country. As more and more people begin to realise the massive opportunities that are available here, it is only a matter of time until others are kicking themselves for not having made the move sooner. And for those of you who call Gosford home, may I just say, congratulations. You made the right choice. James Bedford is a resident of the Central Coast and is currently completing his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales.

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Who or what is GBID? You may have seen the blue & green logo on posters or in the media and wondered what is it all about. 8

GBID is the acronym for Gosford Business Improvement District incorporated. GBID is essentially a not for profit, improvement organisation which allocates and manages the funds collected by Gosford City Council from commercial property owners within a designated area in Gosford City Centre. The funds are used for a range of projects and services with the aim to make Gosford a safer, cleaner, commercially viable and an attractive city. GBID has now turned 5 years old (established in 2008) and mainly focuses on activities which bring people into Gosford, projects to change people’s perceptions of Gosford and to support physical changes within the Gosford City Centre. These objectives are assisted by regular events such as the monthly Gosford City


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Markets, Gosford City Christmas Parade, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Trick or Treat and Midday Monster Mash and the Gosford New Years Eve Festival. Regular business promotions such as “Buy Local & Beat the Bills” and “Spring Into Gosford To Win” also helps to encourage local spend. GBID also organises City Centre beautification works such as graffiti removal, cleaning up vacant shops, murals and other art projects, flags, Christmas decorations and so on. GBID monitors security, cleanliness, assists with filling vacant premises and building partnerships with local businesses, organisations and government to achieve more for Gosford.

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The organisation’s focus for the upcoming year is to build on the established signature events in Gosford, encourage community connections through murals, place making and other public art projects, to change the physically ‘look & feel’ of Gosford, working with the cleaning & security contractors to present Gosford better, filling vacant premises where possible with sustainable businesses and supporting our existing and new businesses in the Gosford City Centre.

The organisation’s focus for the upcoming year is to build on the established signature events in Gosford, encourage community connections through murals, place making and other public art projects, to change the physically ‘look & feel’ of Gosford, working with the cleaning & security contractors to present Gosford better, filling vacant premises where possible with sustainable businesses and supporting our existing and new businesses in the Gosford City Centre. GBID is located in the Gosford Visitor Information Centre, 200 Mann St, Gosford. For more information visit www.gosfordcity.com.au

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A Businessman/freelance photographer/father, a Teacher/ drummer and a Doctor/guitarist. This combination of 3 different approaches to logic and 3 different approaches to creativity complimented one another in a way we couldn’t of predicted.

How did the mod-case originate During a conversation over a cup of coffee at a Gosford Cafe, we noticed that people tend to wrap their expensive

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What makes your product a standout The primary things that truly make MOD-CASE stand out are: a) We truly are a local business, all 3 of us have been raised on the Central Coast. b) All of our designs are based around environmentally sustainable material sources. c) We go beyond the norm and make our manufacturers source better quality wood, genuine leather and hand-finish all our cases d) All of our designs are adapted not only to have a MODCASE flare, which is both minimalistic and luxury, but to also be completely functional. Essentially, every single MOD-CASE has a common goal of

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“Features contemporary styling and improved pedestrian access, expanded food court, better lighting and greater street presence with new facades and a reconfiguration of the Erina Street entry to provide access to both retail levels and allow natural light to enter the Centre from the northern aspect.�


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he Imperial Shopping Centre is a well-known landmark on the Central Coast as the first fully enclosed, air conditioned shopping Centre for the region when it opened in Gosford in 1972. Built by Stocks and Holdings, the Centre was owned and managed by Stocklands until 1994 and after a brief ownership by Super Funds Management, was purchased by current owner, Lederer Group in 1998. Since purchasing the property, the Lederer Group have invested funds behind the scenes on upgrading air conditioning plant and equipment, installing a 65 person lift along with new awning facades and reconfiguration work to accommodate Aldi Supermarket on the upper level in 2010. There is much in store at the Centre in 2014 as the final plans are being finalized for the much anticipated upgrade of the complex. Centre Manager, Deborah Warwick, said “the refurbishment of the Centre will be both internal and external and involves a level of investment by the owner not seen since the Centre was first built. The upgraded Centre will deliver a standard worthy of a regional city while still retaining the ambiance and character that Imperial Centre has been known for” said Ms Warwick.

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“The refurbished Centre will retain many of the existing stores plus feature new businesses not previously available in Gosford. Lease negotiations are underway and announcements will be made once negotiations are final, however, we are certain that both our existing retailers and our customers will be pleased with the retail offer” The refurbishment design was undertaken by architects, Krikkis Tayler & Associates, who were involved in Top Ryde City and Newcastle Marketplace, amongst other projects and features contemporary styling and improved pedestrian access, expanded food court, better lighting and greater street presence with new facades and a reconfiguration of the Erina Street entry to provide access to both retail levels and allow natural light to enter the Centre from the northern aspect. Work will commence in the first half of 2014 and be staged to achieve minimum disruption to customers and retailers. Further information on the opportunities available at Imperial Shopping Centre can be obtained by calling 4324 4299.

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The Christmas season is celebrated in Gosford City in many ways and this year customers, residents and visitors won’t be disappointed by what is on offer.

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The first event is the Lighting of the Tree on Thursday 28th November in Kibble Park. The festivities will start at around 6pm with story time for kids, as performed by staff of Gosford City Library. The evening includes free sausage sizzle, a visit from Santa, entertainment and a word from the Mayor of Gosford, before the tree lights are officially turned on at around 8pm. The lighting of the tree event coincides with the launch of Acts of Random Kindness Week (ARK) an initiative which encourages people to perform an act of kindness for one another and ‘pass it on’.

Customers shopping in Gosford during December will have their loyalty rewarded with the chance to win 1 of 12 Christmas hampers valued at $300 each. The hamper includes a Primo ham plus grocery vouchers to spend on Christmas fare at Woolworths or Aldi. The competition will start on 2nd December and run until 20th December with 4 hampers won each week of the competition. Customers will be eligible to enter with a purchase of $10 or more from participating stores during the competition period.

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KIBBLE PARK from 10am The Gosford City Christmas parade will be held on Saturday 30th November. The day starts with free rides in Kibble Park from 10am, then a break at 11am while the parade makes its way along Mann Street and into Kibble Park. The parade promises to be filled with colour and sound with story time characters including Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Tigger and Piglet and many more. There will be free hand clappers given out to kids watching the parade so they can make some noise as the parade passes by. Mums and dads can take the kids photos in a winter wonderland setting in the Snow Dome in Kibble Park and there are free rides and activities. After the Christmas Parade, Santa will make his way into Imperial Centre where he will take up residence until Christmas Eve.

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IMPERIAL CENTRE from 10am Seniors are not forgotten and will be well catered for at the Golden Oldies Christmas Concert in Imperial Centre on Wednesday 4th December at 10am. The guest entertainer is everyone’s favorite, Lucky Starr, and there will also be performances by Central Coast Symphony Orchestra. The event is free for seniors and morning tea is served to all attending. The event will also mark the 20th birthday celebration of the Golden Oldies Club at Imperial Centre and the Centre is calling on all members to join in the fun and attend the morning and have a slice of birthday cake.

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KIBBLE PARK from 10am The Christmas gift markets will be held in Kibble Park on 14th December with unique products on offer for those looking for something a little different. Roaming Christmas carolers will perform at various locations around the city from 16th December.

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BLUETONGUE STADIUM 2GO Carols will be held at Bluetongue Stadium on 18th December and will feature the voice of Carols winner along with a big line up of entertainment.

Christmas Fest

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KIBBLE PARK from 5pm The final Christmas event in the city for 2013 will be Christmas Fest in Kibble Park on Sunday 22nd December from 5pm, a free family event with petting zoo, Thomas the Tank engine ride, jumping castle, snow cave, pool ball, activities and food stalls. Traditional Christmas Carols performed on Kibble Park Stage will round out the night. Christmas Fest is an initiative of Liberty Family Church Gosford.

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magine living in a society where acts of random kindness amongst the community are an everyday occurrence. The Gosford City community is about to experience that firsthand during ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) Week from 28TH November to 8th December. ARK week encourages people to perform an act of kindness for one another; whether it is a stranger, a neighbor, a work colleague or a friend. It can be as simple as paying for someone’s coffee or letting someone get in front of you in a queue. Even a simple smile or a kind word can change someone’s day. ARK cards carry the ARK Week message and the person receiving the act of kindness will be encouraged to ‘pay it forward’ and perform an

act of kindness for someone else. Ambassador for ARK Week, Councilor Lawrie McKinna, Mayor of Gosford, believes that acts of random kindness should be every day of the year. “I make a point of doing something nice for someone every day because it’s nice to be nice to people”.

ARK week will be launched at the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Kibble Park on 28th November from 6.30pm. For more information visit www.arkweek.org.au

The organisers of ARK Week encourage everyone in the community to get involved because your Act of Random Kindness is the pebble stone in creating a ripple effect of honour and encouragement in your community. You are invited to join the ARK community from November 28th to December 8th and together we can change the world, one good deed at a time.

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he Coalition Government will boost job growth, investment and services on the Central Coast. In fact, we have already seen ABS Retail Sales Figures that show confidence is returning to the economy. We know that the future development of Gosford is vital to providing new jobs and infrastructure for the Central Coast. To boost jobs and generate benefits for the regional economy, the Coalition Government has committed to locating a Commonwealth agency in the Gosford CBD – providing a Commonwealth agency as a tenant in Gosford means employment within the agency and secondary employment through increased economic activity at cafes and in retail.

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A Commonwealth agency in Gosford will boost our position as a regional centre, generating stronger investment and providing more services for the region – as well as potentially providing 250-300 new jobs for the Central Coast. In addition, the Coalition Government is providing $7 million to fund the development of the Kibbleplex Centre in Gosford. The Kibbleplex Centre is a new state-of-the-art community facility that includes a regional library, a NBN-ready teleworking hub, childcare centre and meeting rooms.

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Having a facility such as Kibbleplex – that enables collaboration and innovation locally – is another vital part of encouraging the revitalisation of Gosford CBD. The Coalition Government is also working with Gosford City Council to progress the necessary approvals to facilitate universities developing campuses on Council owned land. We understand the crucial role that universities play in driving development in regional areas through job creation and local education opportunities. We really want people living on the Central Coast to have the opportunity to choose whether they want to travel for work or actually find employment locally – and we are doing our bit to deliver the growth Gosford needs. For more information about the Coalition Government’s Growth Plan for the Central Coast – which will invest $21 million to boost job growth, investment, services and productivity in our region – please call me on 4322 2400 or call in to my office at 91 Mann Street for a copy of our policies. Lucy Wicks MP, Federal Member for Robertson

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The youth of the Gosford City region can sometimes be overlooked. One community support group is making a difference in the lives of countless young people. Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS) provide a point of access on the Central Coast for high quality services, resources and facilities specifically tailored to young people aged 12 - 25 years. The following services are provided: support, information, assessment, referrals, supervised activities, advocacy services, workshops, case management, excursions & programs to enhance personal development. These are coordinated from a range of Central Coast locations and facilities including our Gosford Shop-front Service, Wyoming Youth Centre and the Youth Arts Warehouse. Gosford Shop-front Services provide youth workers available for advice and referral. Wyoming Youth Centre provides a space for youth group programs that focuses on skills development. The Youth Arts Warehouse (YAW) is a contemporary music, art, and theatre venue providing creative development programs for young people and emerging artists 12 – 25 years of age. YAW facilities include events, live bands, youth theatre, exhibitions, and recording studio available for hire.

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rt Takes Gosford is an initiative to develop public art on the Central Coast to create an artistic dialogue that represents Gosford as a place of connections, innovation and a city that is open for business. One of the first projects was the implementation of a large scale public mural at the old Frogys buildings at 70 Mann St, funded by Gosford Business Improvement District. The artwork titled ‘Social Network’ curated by artist Gabrielle Somers and in collaboration with artists Russell Austin and Phil Drummond was designed to celebrate our local connections to each other and the greater population and beyond. Every primary and high school from Gosford, plus all the postcodes of the Central Coast have been represented with their own nodes on the mural’s painted geodesic domes. Also represented are various capital cities from around the world including our sister cities. The domes symbolise connections and innovation and it

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Since the completion of ‘Social Network’ Art Takes Gosford has moved up the street and is currently creating an artwork on the former Gosford Cooperative Citrus Packing House (Old Mitre 10 building). This large mural has been made possible by a Gosford City Council Community and Cultural Grant. The citrus industry played a vital roll in the history and economy of Gosford so that the Gosford Cooperative Citrus Packing House has local heritage significance. After consultation with the community who so generously shared their stories, ideas, memorabilia and photographs and coupled with research assistance and support from Gosford Library, artist Gabrielle Somers was able to shape the final design accordingly. “In order to produce an innovative and contemporary artwork I had to stay mindful not to forget about the future when thinking of the past and to look at both, with balance and respect.” Said Somers The mural is currently being painted by artists Russell Austin, Graeme Balchin and Gabrielle Somers who look forward to the possibilities this artists collaboration will bring.


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