The Central Coast

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Definition: a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.

Location: (Central Coast) NSW Australia

Attractions and features: the Central Coast provides many activities and attractions from its beautiful beaches and wide open bays to its natural relaxed lifestyle. Some of the activities open to people are: - art galleries for culture lovers, the Central Coast is home to many fine art galleries, bushwalking, fishing and many water sports.

Beaches: - A holiday is not complete without a visit to one of our many beautiful beaches. Surfers seeking an ocean swell, fisherman a secluded bay or just taking a leisurely dip, you are sure to find a beach to suit you here on the Central Coast.

Outdoor adventures: - the Central Coast has a wide variety of lush natural bush landscapes with walking trails stretching all along the coastline e.g.

Woy Woy to Patonga and various sites for rock climbing and exploring.

Tourist attractions:- Central Coast tourist attractions are many and varied and cater to all age groups and budgets e.g. Australian reptile park, Fishermen's Wharf, and the Entrance Wharf as well as a variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants, hotel cafe's, cinemas, markets, fishing spots and so much more the coast has to offer.

The Central Coast is a growing community more and more people every day our coming to the coast to experience the wonderful attractions and facilities it has to offer. This also causes an increase in the overall population. Due to this the coast is becoming more crowed and more polluted. The Central Coast is also changing for the better as more roads, hospitals, hotels, activities and attractions are being built to accommodate the growing population.

At June 2001 the Central Coast had an estimated resident population of 296,258 people. The population estimate for June 2002 is 300,116 representing an annual increase of 3,858. The

2003 estimated resident population is 302,821 representing an annual increase of 2,705.

The coming of these new additions to the Central Coast has really boosted it in to a very new and modern place. Because of the various attractions that the Central Coast has to offer the lifestyle and structure of the Central Coast has changed dramatically for the better over the last few years.

The dramatic population change has affected the built environment in a big way an obvious change is the transport such as trains and buses most of the time they are very overcrowded that it forces people to stand or even sit on the stairs which is also a safety hazard. Many residents spend an average of 1.5 hours in travelling time with most employment opportunities being in Sydney.

In housing the Central Coast has moved from being largely a quiet holiday destination to one where people live permanently, there has been a steady decline in unoccupied dwellings (which were often holiday Houses), however, the proportion remains high for flats, units and apartments.

Industry due to the population rise the region has a higher proportion of the workforce employed in retail trade, construction, health and community services, personal and other services industries. The region has a lower proportion of residents employed in finance and insurance, property and business, transport and wholesale trade industries. Also with the population rise there has been significant growth in the numbers of people on the Central Coast employed in retail trade

(5,947 people), property and business (5,448) and health and community services (5,328).

Changes that have affected the Central Coast's natural environments have been the water supply being greatly depleted due to the Central Coast being in drought for the past 7 years and this has significantly reduced total dam water storage. The Central Coast councils have had to introduce water restrictions and residents have been encouraged to save water and install water saving devices such as tanks. Natural forests and woodlands have also been cleared to make way for big corporate companies and large housing estates to accommodate a growing population. Some of the native animals to this state are being killed off and dying out because we are destroying their natural habitats and them along with it. One such animal is the native quoll.

The community is responding to these changes in ways such as protesting examples of these were the Yarramalong mines protests and the water not coal campaign. Forming groups and helping keep the community well maintained and pushing for justness in their community if they find something unjust or unfair. Keeping a watch on land and environment and helping clean it up.

I think the best thing about living in the Central Coast community is the beaches which include Foresters Beach, Wamberal, Terrigal, North Avoca, Avoca, Copacabana and Macmasters Beach. It is a great natural environment for families to grow up in.

There are also some great shopping centres including Erina a huge refurbished Lend Lease complex located at Erina with all the major stores including Myer and Target and Woolworths. Also Gosford has a large variety of specialty shops too. There are also many more centres like Woy Woy's Deep Water Plaza.

There are many clubs, both sporting and social from football club's to the odd MX club. There are also lots of water sports there are several golf courses located at Gosford, Kincumber, Wamberal and Woy Woy. This is an 'outdoors' place and other popular pastimes include hang gliding, boating, fishing, pawning, surfing, riding and bushwalking.

Community anger over loss of trees

Taken from Express Advocate

Friday 14 March, 2008 12:00am

KINCUMBER residents are outraged after several trees along the Carrack Rd foreshore were apparently poisoned.

Residents of Kincumber Association president Ruth Ross said people noticed before Christmas that trees were dying.

The Casuarina trees, commonly called she-oaks, were funded by Gosford Council and planted as part of a community-led effort which started in 2004 to spruce up the Kincumber Broadwater foreshore.

The area had been plagued by anti-social behaviour at night and it was hoped the upgrade would make it more appealing to families.

"We have put a lot of time and effort into the embellishment of the Kincumber foreshore and to have something like this happen is so disappointing," Ms Ross said.

'It was a wasteland before and now it's been turned into a very nice, useable area for the community."

She said the top of one of the mature trees was cut down and dumped while six other trees appear to have been poisoned.

Residents have reported the dying trees to the council which is investigating the cause.

Ms Ross urged people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the council because without eye-witness testimony or other proof it was difficult to record a conviction.

Under the council's Tree Preservation Order (2005) anyone convicted of maliciously cutting down or poisoning a tree risk fines of tens of thousands of dollars.