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7 Get with the Strength Over the past 20 years Twin Lakes Air Conditioning has installed over �80M worth of commercial and residential projects on the Central Coast & Sydney. Our highly skilled and experienced teams will design, install and maintain systems, including solar, to meet your specific needs. A local family owned company - that’s our guarantee! P. 4396 9020 285 Main Road, Toukley NSW 2263 LicenseNo.30616C Lawrie McKinna appointed Chair RDA Central Coast N E W S FEDERAL MEMBER FOR Robertson Lucy Wicks has congratulated Lawrie McKinna on his appointment as Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central Coast. The former Mayor for Gosford City Council and regional sporting leader was officially appointed to the posi- tion by Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino with effect from 1 January 2021. Mr McKinna said that he is committed to supporting the organisation in its ongoing efforts to grow the Central Coast as a strong, viable and sustainable economic centre. “I am extremely honoured to serve the Central Coast as the incoming Chair of RDACC. As a resident of the Coast and an active member of our local community, I am pas- sionate about growing the opportunities for economic development here in our region,” said Mr McKinna. “We all know how lucky we are to live in this truly unique part of the world, and I am looking forward to working with the RDACC Board and staff to continue to grow a thriv- ing and prosperous region for the benefit of future generations.” The appointment was formally announced by Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino. Minister Marino said, “Mr McKinna will lead RDA Central Coast under a refreshed national RDA Charter that focuses on driv- ing investment and local procurement opportunities and through this, creating jobs and economic growth for our regions. “I look forward to working with Mr McKinna and the RDA Central Coast mem- bers and staff over the coming years and encourage the community to reach out to their RDA to discuss how it can help business suc- ceed”. Mr McKinna said, “RDA Central Coast is a highly valued and respected organisation that has successfully partnered with all regional stake- holders to drive economic develop- ment in our region and provide critical intelligence back to all levels of govern- ment about the key issues impact- ing our local community” “Regional partnerships such as the recent MOU developed between RDACC, the University of Newcastle and Central Coast Industry Connect have been a huge boost in achieving our Regional Development Australia Central Coast region’s goal of growing our local industries, creating new jobs and building sustainable regional busi- ness competitiveness. “Unprecedented collaboration between RDACC and our Central Coast Federal & State members, has resulted in over $750 million in infrastructure funding for essential enabling infrastructure works and in excess of $30 million of National Stronger Regions Funding being secured by the region” “RDACC will continue to be an important conduit between all levels of govern- ment, business and our community to drive further collaboration, innovation Edgar Adams Editor and enhanced economic outcomes”, said Mr McKinna. In addition to his position as RDACC Chair, Mr McKinna is the General Manager of the Newcastle Jets and previously held the positions of founding Manager and then Director of Football for the Central Coast Mariners. Ms Wicks said she was looking forward to working with Mr McKinna on increasing the opportunities for economic development, cre- ating jobs and driving investment in our region. “Lawrie McKinna has always been a staunch advocate for the Central Coast, and I have no doubt that he will hit the ground running in his new role with RDA Central Coast,” Ms Wicks said “We have already held discussions on the progress of the Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute and fast tracking our plan for a university campus in Gosford.” We voted this lot in and we are now whinging about the necessary 15% rate rise that the Administrator needs as part of a bail out of Council. Not too many are commenting on the properties that must be sold off, one of which will be Gosford Council Chambers and the obvious move of staff to Wyong. That will have an immeasurable effect on the economy of the Gosford CBD. Thanks Councillor Jane Smith! Where was the transparency? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson with Dr Brok Glenn Dean University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus and Lawrie McKinna outside the recently completed Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW FEBRUARY 2021