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Central Coast, New South Wales

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The Central Coast is a region in the Australian state of New South Wales, lying on the coastline north of Sydney and south of Newcastle. The region was a network of towns that have been linked in recent years by expanding suburban development which have developed into a bustling city. The main urban centre of the region stretches from West Gosford in the west to the retail centre of Erina in the east and Gosford in the north. Other commercial centres are Wyong, Tuggerah, The Entrance, Terrigal and Woy Woy. Large numbers of people who live in the southern part of this area commute daily to work in Sydney. It is also a popular destination for holidaying, and for retirement. The Australian Bureau of Statistics considers the Central Coast part of the Sydney Metropolitan Area when analysing population statistics, therefore accurate population figures are difficult to aquire. The estimated population of the region is between around 250 000 to 300 000.

The Central Coast stretches from the Hawkesbury river in the south to the lower most tip of Lake Macquarie, a local government area of Newcastle. Primary administration of the region rests with Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council.

The region is connected to Sydney and Newcastle via Cityrail's Newcastle/Central Coast rail line and the F3 freeway.

In recent years the central coast's main issues have centred around sustainable developement as the region expands rapidly. High-rise developement has been at the centre of the dispute as well as the ongoing water supply issue.

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