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Gosford Central Community News - December 19, 2011 - Page 5

Mayor and General Manager on a free trip to japan

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Council approves sewerage improvements

osford Council will send a mayoral delegation consisting of the mayor and general manager to its sister cities of Nitra, Edogawa and Friendship City Jinhua in May of next year.

It was recommended that the mayor, general manager and up to two representatives of Gosford visit Nitra to enter into a new agreement, implement the first stage of the development of the Arts and Culture Exchange Program MOU and develop further programs for strengthening the relationship between the councils and the citizens of the two cities. Cr Peter Freewater opposed the motion and

said it would be more beneficial to send a student delegation, however, he was unsuported. Gosford Council’s report of Tuesday, December 6, said previous visits to Nitra had undoubtedly created opportunities for meaningful exchanges, and a further visit to sign a new agreement and implement the Arts and Culture Exchange Program MOU would provide further opportunity to broaden the relationship and enrich the

cultures of both of cities. Gosford Council entered into a Sister City relationship with the City of Edogawa, Japan, and the City of Nitra, Slovakia in September 1988. The Sister City Affiliation Declaration with Nitra was signed by the then mayor of Gosford Dr Patricia Harrison and the mayor of Nitra City Dr Stefan Kochansky. Gosford Council Agenda MM.16, 6 Dec 2011

Parking proposal approved

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osford Council has approved the Gosford Chamber of Commerce and Gosford Business Improvement District’s proposal for two hour complimentary car parking in the Baker St car park.

At its Reconvened Ordinary meeting of Tuesday, December 13, Council agreed to a six month trial which would offer free two hour parking at the Gosford City Car Park in Baker St. Parking stays longer than two hours would be charged at the current rate of $3 for every 2-3 hours and $1 for each hour thereafter. The Gosford Chamber of Commerce and GBID put forward this suggestion earlier this year for consideration and as a result, a report was commissioned on the car park usage of both the Baker St and Gosford Town Centre car parks.

The report found that the occupancy rate for the Gosford Town Centre car park was 90 per cent for undercover parking between 9am and 2.30pm and 61 per cent for roof top parking over the same period. The Chair for GBID Ms Deborah Warwick said: “This decision will be a major boost to customers and businesses in Gosford’s CBD.” “The Gosford City Car Park in Baker St car park is so close and convenient to the CBD shops and services. “We encourage customers to try the new arrangements when

implemented in the New Year and see for themselves how easy it is. “We also encourage business operators, commuters and customers to keep using the totally free of charge Gosford Town Centre car park for longer term parking. “We applaud Council for agreeing to our proposal, especially at this festive time of the year. “It is a welcome gift to customers and businesses and we are certain they will benefit from this decision. Media Release, 14 Dec 2011 Paul Brash, GBID

osford Council has granted consent to a development application which would repair and upgrade the North Avoca sewerage system on various allotments around the foreshore of Avoca Lagoon.

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Council is working to improve its overall sewage collection and transport systems around Avoca Lagoon, via the design and construction of major new sewer carrier mains and other ancillary works. All these future works

are collectively known as Council’s Coastal Carrier System (CCS) project. Proposed works include valve replacement at chainages 22 and 700 and pipeline construction for the North Avoca Variable Grade Sewer (NAVGS) pipeline

construction. All works are aimed at reducing the risk of sewage pollution occurring within the waters of Avoca Lagoon. Gosford Council Agenda ENV.76, 6 Dec 2011

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