New South Wales
I am a resident of Point Clare, which looks across the bay to Gosford. I moved up here a couple of years ago - mainly driven by affordability and the convenience/beauty of the Central Coast, and I knew a few other people my age who had made the short move up from Sydney for similar reasons.
I have always thought Gosford had potential, but many well established locals (my neighbours) have repeatedly stated to me that they've "Heard it all before" when it comes to development occurring in Gosford (i.e. don't get your hopes up - nothing will change).
This project gives me optimism for Gosford's future. Gosford has every element required for a major CBD (particularly transport links: freeway, bus, train + the potential for better ferry links to the southern coast region and palm beach). Further, it has a fantastic coastal climate and natural beauty right next to the bay, which remains largely underutilised / unexploited. The climate/environment provide a major incentive for people to live in this region (as opposed to Western Sydney for example, where you lose those climate and coastal benefits).
Despite the obvious opportunities, Gosford seems to have had more false starts than any other regional CBD in NSW.
My view is that we need people living in Gosford CBD to attract more people, and business. It needs to be the hub it claims to be (i.e. the "Capital" of the Central Coast). If there are more opportunities for CBD living in Gosford, more people will be attracted to live up here, and more businesses will be tempted to open up or relocate here. Importantly, but in the longer term, greater development in Gosford will provide more options for NSW residents (particularly those from Sydney) to find work and life outside of Sydney itself - while not being too far from existing family and friends. The opportunity for reasonably priced CBD living is needed more than ever, particularly when you review what the cost of an apartment is in most Sydney suburbs. Gosford is well placed to provide that reasonably priced alternative to Sydney.
I strongly support the high density developments proposed for Gosford CBD in this application on exhibition. There is no other CBD in NSW with greater potential, and this project (particularly once all stages are complete) will have an enormous impact toward making Gosford the capital of the coast that it needs to be.
The only caveat I have relates to design. While I appreciate interesting architecture is expensive - I hope the team working on this project will keep in mind the need to make Gosford CBD as attractive as possible (particularly considering its natural surroundings). It would be disappointing to see continuous uninspiring "Soviet Blocks" which unfortunately have been allowed to grace the majority of Sydney's growing suburbs.
I wish the team all the best in this project and hope to see it become a major success.