14 – Economy

Economy

As the Independent Member for Robertson I would hope that the Council’s purpose[s] are at one with mine. To:

  • collect, collate & publish data and research pertaining to the Central Coast economy
  • understand the current economic workings on the Central Coast
    • envision a preferred economic future for the Central Coast
  • undertake actions for which the Council has direct responsibility in pursuit of this preferred future,
  • advocate, negotiate and campaign for necessary contributions to this preferred future from the NSW and
    Federal governments, as well as infrastructure funding agencies.
  • acknowledge that small businesses account for 90% of commercial activity on the Central Coast. Council has an important role to engender, encourage, advocate and support a business-friendly approach to viable small businesses & start-ups, consistent with economically sustainable & public amenity principles.

Elements/Actions:
14.1. Local Community Engagement:
14.1.1 The council will accept new forms of economic engagement with residents that include digital tools to enhance, accept and engage the local economy.
14.2 Central Coast Council:
14.2.1. Council will prepare, in consultation with key economic organisations, research centres and departments, an over-view of current economic activity, including viable small businesses, in the Central Coast Region, by sector, and identify current strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities. The over-view will contain a comprehensive strategy and detailed plan for a concerted move to a technologically advanced economy shaped to meet the Common Good needs of Central Coast citizens. High priority will be given to job creation associated with: high speed internet on the Central Coast; fast public transport; agricultural production and supply to Sydney; solar, wind, wave production of energy; tourism; Indigenous Australian culture and history; conservation and heritage; arts, culture, entertainment, sports, amongst others. Council will partner with other government organisations with existing expertise and programs together with the local government area’s relevant service providers in delivering tailored programs and opportunities.


IN THE EVENT THAT THE COUNCIL IS UNABLE, OR UNWILLING TO DEVELOP SUCH AN OVERVIEW + STRATEGY & PLAN, THEN I UNDERTAKE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF MY APPOINTED ‘RESEARCHER AND PLANNER’, TO COLLABORATE IN A JOINT PROJECT INVOLVING AT LEAST ONE UNIVERSITY, AT LEAST ONE TAFE, ELEMENTS OF THE IT INDUSTRY, ENTREPRENEURS, YOUTH, AND WORKERS … TO DO SO.


14.2.2 Council will immediately take action to research, distribute information, and publicly consult with the Central Coast community, as it develops a year-by-year strategy to introduce a new Intelligent Central Coast Economy comprising its two major components: Digital Economy [14.2.3] and Sharing Economy [14.2.4]:

14.2.3 Digital Economy: Council will consult with key Australian researchers and successful international city-experts, followed by publication of a Council analysis to provide the foundation for Council’s support for a rapid move to a digital economy to comprise:
14.2.3.1 Provision of high speed internet to underpin all other Council initiatives
14.2.3.2 Provision of Innovation and Start-Up Centre[s] to accelerate the
generation of economic activity from the high-speed internet
14.2.3.3 Growing the economy though the identification and use of appropriate
new IT that supports/encourages economic growth.
14.2.3.4 Joint ventures with NGOs to educate constituent groups to gain the skills
necessary to participate in the digital economy.
14.2.3.5 Democratic processes that enable a free flow of open data, knowledge
and ideas, evaluation and eventual implementation.
14.2.3.6 Transparency of transactions and Open Data Sets that enable evidence
based decisions.
14.2.4 Sharing Economy: Council will consult with key Australian researchers
and successful international city-experts, followed by publication of a
Council analysis which provides the foundation for Council’s support for a
rapid move to a Shared Economy comprising:
14.2.4.1 Goods … to encourage the exchange of goods locally through markets,
community facilities, garage sales, & online listings.
14.2.4.2 Services … to encourage the exchange of services through the creation of
local service provider markets
14.2.4.3 Transport … to encourage lawful ride sharing, pedestrianisation, cycling,
mobility aids, shared ownership models including car hire, taxis; active
transport.
14.2.4.4 Accommodation … to encourage responsible and lawful home-sharing
initiatives including regulation of Airbnb-style services


IN THE EVENT THAT THE COUNCIL IS UNABLE, OR UNWILLING TO DEVELOP A YEAR-BY-YEAR PLAN TO IMPLEMENT 14.2.3 and 14.2.4 THEN I UNDERTAKE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF MY APPOINTED ‘RESEARCHER AND PLANNER’, TO DO SO … AND TO COLLABORATE WITH THE CC COUNCIL TO SEEK ITS SUPPORT AND IMPLEMENTATION.


14.2.5 Sustainable energies: Council will analyse existing research to establish the best potential job-driving energy initiatives that Council can support, such as: wave, solar, wind, hot-rock, bio, and produce a Central Coast sustainable energies report (Central Coast Sustainable Energies Report) with recs for Council initiatives with public and/or private monies.
14.2.6. Sustainable industries: Council will analyse existing research to better understand which industries are most capable of consolidating and expanding within the Central Coast environment, and what, if anything, can be done to encourage these industries. Amongst the many to be considered: agriculture, especially food for the Sydney market; tourism consistent with environmental health and public ownership of public lands; Indigenous Australian culture-based servicing of the Sydney market; holidaying in both summer and winter; wave-driven energy production; IT-based start-ups which are housed in Council-initiated premises with early infrastructure and overheads support.
14.2.7 Sustainable jobs: consistent with Council’s view of the desirability of a relatively high proportion of new and sustainable jobs being permanent full-time jobs, Council will convene public forums comprising business, unions, as well as interested regional residents, to investigate existing barriers to fulltime employment and what, if anything, Council can do to encourage greater proportions of fulltime work.
14.2.8 Sustainable population: Council accepts an ever-expanding population is not “good” for the Central Coast. Beaches, waterways and bushlands do not have infinite capacity to absorb urban expansion without depletion of habitat for flora and fauna and serious damage to ‘Public Amenity’. Over-populated amenities also produce human stresses not needed. Council will commission an academic paper to analyse possibilities for the Central Coast, and to make recommendations for future population targets.
14.2.9 Very fast internet:
14.2.9.1 Council will, given Sydney’s accelerating reliance for labour from the Central Coast,
campaign for priority provision of very fast internet connections and associated investment to provide the necessary IT platform for that labour.
14.2.9.2 Council will, in collaboration with the university sector and local business groups,
help establish IT-leveraged Start-Up Innovation Centres for the use of
entrepreneurial and innovative activities. Areas of particular interest include:
tourism, performing arts, arts, multicultural elements of culture, music, online
sales, agriculture, environment , sport.
14.2.9.3 Council will encourage and support the development of Gigabit internet services
in appropriate zones to encourage economic growth, education and Research and
Development.

IN THE EVENT THAT THE COUNCIL IS UNABLE, OR UNWILLING TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOP ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT 14.2.5 TO 14.2.9 THEN I UNDERTAKE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF MY APPOINTED ‘RESEARCHER AND PLANNER’, TO DO SO … AND TO COLLABORATE WITH THE CC COUNCIL TO SEEK ITS SUPPORT AND IMPLEMENTATION.


14.3. NSW Government:
14.3.1 Council will seek funding from NSW Government to pursue the recommendations outlined in
Central Coast Sustainable Energies Report.
14.3.2 Council will oppose any attempt by the NSW Government to impose, encourage or permit:
14.3.2.1 Fracking anywhere in Central Coast region.
14.3.2.2 New/expanded coal mining anywhere in Central Coast region.
14.3.2.3 Nuclear power generation, nuclear dumping.
AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL SEEK TO JOIN WITH CC COUNCIL IN REPRESENTATIONS TO THE NSW GOVERNMENT IN RESPECT OF 14.3.1 and 14.3.2. I WILL SUPPORT
14.4. Federal Government:
14.4.1 Council will seek funding from Federal Government to pursue the recommendations
outlined in Central Coast Sustainable Energies Report.
14.4.2 Council will oppose any attempt by the Federal Govt to impose, encourage or permit:
14.4.2.1 Fracking anywhere in Central Coast region
14.4.2.2 New/expanded coal mining anywhere in Central Coast region
14.4.2.3 Nuclear power generation, nuclear dumping.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL SEEK TO PERSISTENTLY CAMPAIGN FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION AND FUNDING FOR 14.4.1 AND 14.4.2