There are currently around 140 playgrounds in the Gosford LGA and under the Gosford City Playground Strategy there is an objective to open/upgrade 106 playgrounds in total. Playgrounds have a vital role to play in the health and well-being of children and are just as important for adults, offering social interaction and promoting healthy family activity. Council is committed to providing the local community with playground facilities throughout the Gosford LGA that meet Australian Safety Standards and encourage safe and imaginative play. Council continues to work in partnership with the local community to achieve this aim.
Supporting Older People and People with a Disability Council has continued to provide support to older people and people living with a disability through improved access to Council facilities, projects, events, and information on government agencies and service providers. Home and Community Care (HACC) Development and Training projects provide HACC agencies with advice, training, promotion and support. Council’s HACC training team has the Kariong Youth Centre as its base. Council’s Positive Ageing Strategy remains a key document to ensure ongoing priority is given to: improvements in the physical activity status of our older community members; support of a flexible lifestyle
with opportunities for leisure and learning; increased mature aged participation in the workforce; and a lifelong contribution to their community. The education programs held at Council’s senior citizens’ centres have attracted large numbers and positive feedback. These programs included seniors’ driving education; tax help seminars; fire evacuation training; and a series of education talks presented by COTA (Council on the Ageing). The upgrade of the Woy Woy Community Care Centre to accommodate dementia day care, frail aged day care, food services, case management, and other support services for older people has been completed. The centre has been named Yaringaa, the Darkinjung word for ‘laughter’. This year the annual Grandma Moses Art Competition saw 165 paintings entered and hundreds of visitors over the three days of the exhibition. Intergenerational projects that took place during the year included the water tank mural at the Gosford Senior Citizens’ Centre and the seniors’ community bus airbrushing project. These projects saw local young people and seniors work together on a purposeful and mutually beneficial activity to produce a work of art that both groups were equally proud of, promoting a greater understanding and respect between the generations to assist in breaking down social barriers. Council adopted the new Disability Action Plan 2008-2012 in September
2008. Wherever possible, Council is committed to reducing the barriers that exclude people from accessing the services and facilities available in our community. The Disability Action Plan provides suggestions for community groups and individuals on how they and Council can work together to reduce barriers faced by people with a disability in our community. The Central Coast Recognition of Excellence Awards were presented on 3 December at Wyong Shire Council to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability. Approximately 130 people attended to see the nominees presented with certificates and awards in six categories. The audience was entertained by the Central Coast Choir Collective, a performance by Ty McGill, and a presentation by Central Coast participants at the Special Olympics held in Shanghai. Council conducted an audit of sixteen community facilities for disability access. The access reports for these buildings will be prioritised and placed on a register of works to be funded by Council’s Accessible Buildings Program. Council’s Disability Services Officer and the Community Facilities Development Officer were also successful in applying for $170,000 of the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program funding to upgrade disability access for five community facilities in the Gosford LGA. This funding will provide basic access needs such as accessible entries and amenities.