The University of Newcastle, Australia

Gosford CBD Project

Project leader: Dr Chris Krogh

The researchers acknowledge the Darkinjung people, the traditional owners of the ancestral lands upon which we work and walk and upon which Gosford CBD now stands.

Gosford is a suburb of the Central Coast Council local government area, located about half way between Newcastle and Sydney. If you have been to Gosford CBD recently, you will have seen that the city is changing. There are old buildings coming down and new ones going up. New businesses are opening and new facilities are being created. These changes are part of a strategic redevelopment involving the Central Coast Council, the NSW Government and the Australian Government, as well as private developers, businesses and community groups. This is all intended to add to the economic and social life of the city.

So far, talk about the redevelopment of Gosford CBD has been focused on the availability of facilities and economic improvement. Now, researchers from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle want to find out how people are feeling about the changes and how these changes make a difference to people's lives.

The intention is to contribute discipline-specific and analytic thinking about the processes of revitalising, reimagining and remaking Gosford CBD. Undertaking a number of individual and independent projects, our aim is to focus on Gosford CBD’s broad ecological history (physical and social; Indigenous and non-Indigenous), it’s present and future. The project will follow the changes to Gosford CBD over a 15 to 20 year period. This timeline has been chosen because we understand that changes (including those which are felt immediately) will continue to have effects in the longer-term.

Current projects

1. Survey: Gosford CBD Project: Capabilities Approach survey wave 1

The Gosford CBD project will span the next 20 years tracking the changing role of Gosford CBD in people's lives as the city itself changes. This survey provides a baseline - a starting point against which change can be measured - for the longer-term research project. It doesn't look to the past but asks for participant's views about how things are now.

This survey is open to anyone who has a connection to Gosford CBD or the Central Coast. You don't have to live or work in Gosford CBD to participate. The project team are trying to get a broad-cross section of the community involved and we encourage you to share the survey link amongst your family, friends and colleagues, so they can complete the survey too.

The responses to the survey will be analysed using research software and written up into a publicly available research report. The survey closes Monday 14th December 2020.

Start the Gosford CBD Survey

2. Guri gayi wu barayi guri wu ngura (people of country; people of place); stories of contact and invasion on the Central Coast

More information coming soon.