Memorial Ave in CEN 'green community space' list
The Community Environment Network has included Council land at 23-23A Memorial Ave, Blackwall, in a list of "operational" land that should not be sold because of its "environmental value or contribution to the amenity and liveability of this region".
The list included other "green community space", environmental land and land with important community uses or had "future cultural requirements".
The Network has requested the Council review, as alternatives, land at Warnervale airport; Bounty Close, Tuggerah; the Wyong Council offices and some council depots (excluding Woy Woy).
Community Environment Network executive member Mr Gary Chestnut said representatives from CEN, the Central Coast branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Save Central Coast Reserves met with Council Administrator Mr Rik Hart on May 25 to discuss community concerns about the asset sale.
"Mr Hart explained that Central Coast Council had considered a $90 million 'basket' of assets with sale potential from which it needed to sell $60 million worth of assets," Mr Chestnut said.
"It was a relief to hear Mr Hart clarify that only operational land that had not received a great deal of public opposition would be considered for sale at this time," Mr Chestnut said.
He said Mr Hart had made it clear that he would not be reclassifying Community Land as part of Council's asset sales program "unless absolutely necessary".
"Those were Mr Hart's words and we will do our best to hold him to them now that the community consultation for assets sales has closed," said
Media release, 8 Jun 2021
Gary Chestnut, CEN