New government building announced in Gosford

The controversial former Gosford Public School site on the New South Wales Central Coast is set to become home to another government office building, as part of plans to relocate more than 300 public sector jobs to the city.

Key points:

  • Another government office building to be built on Gosford Public School site
  • Development to include retail space and al-fresco dining
  • Building will help accommodate the 600 new government jobs coming to Gosford

State Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today reaffirmed the Government’s election promise to move the finance positions from Sydney into a new six-storey commercial building on Mann Street at Gosford.

The development, to include retail space and al fresco dining, will be right next door to the Commonwealth’s contentious tax office building.

“Predominantly we’re looking at Office of State Revenue and Finance within the Department of Finance and that really ties in really well with the ATO jobs up there so there’ll be 300 jobs from finance,” Mr Perrottet said.

“There are already 600 extra jobs going in from the ATO so you’re looking at close to a thousand jobs in that precinct and the flow-on effects of that I think are substantial.”

But the Government’s decision to go ahead and build a second office building on the key waterfront site has left some shaking their heads.

Wyong MP David Harris, who is Labor’s Central Coast spokesman, said the Government was not listening to the public.

The Commonwealth’s decision last year to develop the ATO building on the former school site was widely criticised, with many arguing the community was never consulted about the plan.

Local MP questions location of new building

Mr Harris said building another government office block on such an iconic site was a slap in the face for the community.

“This Government’s reaction, as usual, with their hands on their ears, is to go and announce a second office block on the site,” he said.

“Surely there’s room in the current WorkCover building.

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