The Central Coast has a well developed electricity, gas and telecommunications network to all areas of the region, along with a high quality water supply and sewerage system. The region’s road and rail network ensures fast and efficient access to major cities throughout the eastern seaboard.
The Central Coast Council owns and manages its own water supply system, the third largest urban water supply system in NSW.
Dams are located at Mangrove Creek, Mooney Mooney and Mardi with a total storage capacity of 202 megalitres supplying the entire region with its water needs.
While Mangrove Creek dam is predominantly a storage dam, it and Mooney Mooney and Mardi dams are supplied with water from pristine streams with sources in the surrounding mountains.
The region is connected to the Hunter Region’s water supply system to the north by a pipeline thereby guaranteeing the region’s water during times of drought.
Mangrove Creek Dam
The Central Coast is moving towards being a totally connected region as optical fibre services are rolled out by the NBN. Most of the region is now connected—the majority being connected with FttN services and some via FttP services. Gosford City, East Gosford and West Gosford in particular are connected with FttP services
The Nexus Smart Hub facility at Wyong offers a 100mbps fibre service which is faster than any service available through the NBN. Their internet connection utilises an adjacent Data Centre with multi-homed and multipathed fibre connections.
Electricity is available throughout the region while gas is available in most areas particularly for residential.
Industrial and commercial users should check that gas is available where they wish to locate.
The rail line between Sydney and Newcastle is electrified and provides comfortable, fast, scheduled services throughout the region. Travelling time between Gosford and Sydney Central is 90 minutes.
Scheduled bus services link all suburbs to the major centres and rail stations. Major transport hubs are at Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah and Wyong.
The Palm Beach Ferry Service operates regular services between Palm Beach (on Sydney’s northern beaches) and Ettalong and Killcare.
The M1 Pacific Motorway from Sydney to Newcastle runs right through the region with exits for Gosford, Ourimbah, Tuggerah/Wyong and Warnervale/Toukley.
This Motorway is part of the Auslink road corridor between Sydney and Brisbane.
The Pacific Highway offers an alternate route through the region via Gosford, Ourimbah, Wyong and Warnervale.
A network of arterial roads link the Motorway exits with the residential, commercial and industrial areas of the Central Coast.
Central Coast Highway is the main arterial road from Kariong where it exits the M1 to The Entrance. It is one of the busiest roads in the region carrying over 28,000 vehicles per day in some parts.
NorthConnex is a nine kilometre tunnel that will link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills, will be completed in 2019. It will substantially reduce traffic congestion on Pennant Hills Road resulting in shorter travelling times between the Central Coast and Western Sydney.
The Central Coast is serviced by a reticulated sewerage system to all non-rural residential, commercial and industrial areas. Central Coast Council owns and operates an independent sewerage and wastewater system across the region.
Trade waste policies are based on the ‘user pays’ principle with charges reflecting the quality and quantity of waste.
Two waste management facilities service the region, one servicing the north of the region at Buttonderry and the other at Woy Woy servicing the south.
Waste management company Cleanaway is contracted to provide kerbside waste collection services for general waste, recycling and green waste.
Restrictions are applied to liquid and hazardous wastes, for which alternative facilities are available in Newcastle and Sydney. A comprehensive Regional Waste Plan is in place and all Development Applications must include a waste management plan. Several private waste contractors provide services at competitive rates.