Saturday, December 4, 2021

New Visitor centre for The Entrance

Central Coast Council has committed to an upgrade of the Visitor Information Centre at The Entrance as part of its Operational Plan for this financial year.

“We have prioritised this important project to create a multipurpose facility that will not only help to drive tourism and economic spend, but also be a year-round space for locals to enjoy,” Council said in a statement today.

What’s planned?

  • An interactive Visitor Information Centre experience with the ability to create tailored Eat, Stay and Play itineraries.
  • Replacement of existing amenities with a modern facility encompassing improved public facilities, including an Adult Accessible Change Facility (AACF) and event toilets.
  • Improved layout and new decking to take advantage of the magnificent Entrance channel and natural environment, including improved accessibility.
  • A dedicated space to showcase and sell a wide spectrum of bespoke local products from local Makers and Creators.
  • A bookable function area for small-scale events.
  • A purpose-built accessible greenroom and backstage office area to support the existing Memorial Park stage and performers.
Exterior rendering of new accessibility access and decking

Benefits for the community

“By creating an inviting and vibrant hub for locals and tourists to find key information we will increase the uptake of day trips, overnight stays and consequent spending, which is vital for the continued growth of our region’s economy,” Council said in a statement.

It said the new Centre will educate and inform visitors and residents about the diverse range of experiences on offer across the Coast to disperse people and spend throughout the region.

“With an already purpose-built stage and adjoining grounds, these upgrades will also improve our capacity to host large-scale events and festivals and to attract exciting new acts to the Coast.”

“In addition we are providing locals with improved facilities and an opportunity to learn more about the region’s offerings and connect with our local makers and creators,” Council said.

Project timeline

November 2021Temporary Visitor Information Centre Complete
December 2021Construction commences
June 2022Construction complete

Minimising impacts during construction

“Every effort will be made to minimise impacts to you as we complete these works,” Council said.

Throughout the construction period a temporary Visitor Information Centre will be located within Memorial Park, The Entrance and responses from Council staff to email and online enquiries will continue.

Temporary toilets will also be installed.

“There may be a temporary loss of some parking spaces and increased vehicle traffic and noise in the area, however our priority will be to minimise diruption to residents, businesses and visitors as much as possible during construction,” Council said.

If residents are concerned about the project at any stage, they can contact Project Managers Mark Butterfield and Sue Ledingham through Council’s online Customer Service Centre or by calling 1300 463 954.

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