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17th July, 2015
$7 Million to Build State of the Art New Facility in Gosford
Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks has confirmed the Coalition remains committed to delivering $7 million to build a new state of the art community facility in Gosford.
Mrs Wicks said the funding, part of the Coalition’s Growth Plan for the Central Coast, has been in the Federal Budget for the past two years – in addition to the 600 jobs in a purpose-built Commonwealth Agency in Gosford.
“This $7 million funding is not in doubt,” Mrs Wicks said. “We are committed to this funding, which was to deliver a regional library, teleworkers hub, childcare centre and meeting rooms. This is a community-led vision that will help deliver jobs, growth and opportunity for our city.”
“I will continue to encourage the Council to make this project a priority so that it can be delivered as soon as possible for the benefit of the Central Coast.” Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks
Gosford Council Selling Kibbleplex
“Now that Gosford City Council has determined it will sell the existing Kibbleplex site, the Council must now secure an alternate venue and work with the Australian Government to deliver this vital project in keeping with the original intent of the election commitment.
“My original election commitment, made on the 27 August 2013, committed $7 million to build the ‘Kibbleplex Centre’ – a new state of the art community facility.”
“I remain committed to this vision and have been in detailed discussions with the Chief Executive Officer of the Gosford City Council and the relevant Minister to progress the project.
“Once the Gosford City Council has identified a new site, the Council will need to work with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to deliver the project at the new location.
“Since the election, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has been in contact with Council on many occasions to confirm details of the project, so that the Australian Government can conduct a value with relevant money assessment to deliver the funding.
“I will continue to encourage the Council to make this project a priority so that it can be delivered as soon as possible for the benefit of the Central Coast.”
600 New Jobs For Gosford
Lucy Wicks has also confirmed that the $7 million from the Community Development Grants programme is separate from the commitment to a Commonwealth Agency Centre of Excellence.
“I can confirm that the site for these 600 new jobs for our region will be in Gosford. It is on time and it definitely is on track,” Mrs Wicks said.
“This is a Government that is delivering a stronger future for the Central Coast, and I am passionate about ensuring Gosford’s rejuvenation is a part of that.”
Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks
Telephone: (02) 4322 2400 Fax: (02) 4322 2499
Electorate Office (Principal Office)
Level 3, 69 Central Coast Highway
West Gosford, NSW, 2250
PO Box 577, Gosford, NSW, 2250
Article compiled by Gaye Crispin, Coast Times
Press Release, 16th July, 2015
2 New Exhibitions on Display at Gosford Regional Gallery
Gosford Regional Gallery will be playing host to two exciting new exhibitions this July.
On Saturday 18 July, the Gallery will be displaying Emerging 2015, a biennial art competition which brings together the work of the best emerging contemporary artists from New South Wales.
Opening on the same day is an exhibition of realistic portraits by local artist Peter Smeeth.
Phil Cantillon, Gosford City Council’s Manager of Culture said both exhibitions complement each other, with one featuring work by an established, well known artist, whilst the other aims to support and nurture artists at the beginning of their visual arts careers.
“These two exhibitions are quite different, one presents bodies of contemporary and innovative work across of range of mediums, the other is a survey of portraits and figurative work by one of our most prominent local artists.
“They both illustrate the diverse, cultural aspects of our exhibition program which we’re sure will have great appeal for our local community and beyond,” said Mr Cantillon.
This year, Emerging features work by Eliya Nikki Cohen, Ruth Feeney, Zachariah Fenn, Flatline, Maia Fung, John Moroney, Ben Soedradjit including video installations, performance, painting and sculptural installations.
Mr Canitillon said Council is proud to be supporting and showcasing the work by these seven talented finalists, one of which will be awarded the $3,000 main prize, sponsored by the Friends of Gosford Regional Gallery.
“Our other exhibition showcases Peter Smeeth’s paintings. Peter is himself, no stranger to art awards having been exhibited in many prominent art prizes including The Archibald Prize, The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Blake Prize and our own Gosford Art Prize.
“This exhibition includes portraits of high profile subjects such as Clover Moore, Peter FitzSimons and Phillip Adams as well as Smeeth’s notorious self-portrait The Artists Fate which won the 2011 Sulman Prize in controversial circumstances,” said Mr Cantillon.
Emerging and Portraits by Peter Smeeth will be on display from 18 July to 6 September 2015.
A practical workshop with Peter Smeeth will be held on 5 and 6 September, see here for details.
For more information, visit Gosford Regional Gallery or call 02 4304 7550.
–Article compiled by Gaye Crispin, Coast Times