IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE Road Reclassifications Following an independent review of the NSW road network, various roads around the State have been reclassified as a part of either the State road network, for which the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) is responsible, or the regional road network, for which councils receive State Government assistance. The reclassification of several major roads within the Gosford LGA translates to better quality roads for everyone accessing our roadways. Additional funding and assistance from the State Government will allow Council to provide upgraded, safer and more accessible road infrastructure for the community.
Cycleway & Footpath Developments The Woy Woy Foreshore Cycleway Stage 2 project has involved a further extension of the shared footpath/ cycleway along the foreshore. The extension will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross Blackwall Road and link with the cycleway opposite the Peninsula Leisure Centre. During the year, Council commissioned a feasibility study into the construction of a cycleway/walkway along the eastern side of the rail causeway between Gosford and Point Clare. In an effort to fund the project, a funding submission has been sent to the Department of State and Regional Development requesting grant funding for the project.
Surf Life Saving Club Redevelopments Wamberal and Killcare Surf Life Saving Clubs were completely redeveloped, each with improved facilities for community use including first aid rooms, boat sheds, meeting rooms, offices, kitchen areas and function rooms. The total cost of these developments was almost $5 million which was primarily funded by Council, with $200,000 received in surf life saving club facility grants from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.
Gosford Taxi Voucher Scheme In December 2008 Council completed the pilot Gosford Taxi Voucher Scheme. The program was designed to help members of the community who are ‘transport disadvantaged’, either financially or geographically, gain access to transportation to utilise important social, community and training services. The program assisted 231 residents with transport needs, in particular those aged 10-16 years and those in the over sixty-five years age group. Through this program, the main transport issues were identified as being steep terrain and geographical isolation, limited transport after business hours, overly long bus routes or destinations requiring several changes of bus route.
The event was jointly organised by both Gosford City and Wyong Shire Councils and attended by 110 Year 10 students. Road Safety Education Gosford City and Wyong Shire Council’s hosted free Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshops on 28 October 2008 and 9 March 2009. The workshops, targeting parents of learner drivers, were attended by residents from both Gosford and Wyong LGA’s and covered topics including advice on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers, providing effective driving practice and using the Learner Driver Log Book. A High School Road Safety Awareness Day was held on 19 November 2008 at Mary McKillop High School. The event was jointly organised by both Gosford City and Wyong Shire Councils and attended by 110 Year 10 students. The day included guest speakers and practical demonstrations from a variety of local organisations.