This election has been postponed until September 2022. This guide remains up for informational purposes, and will be repurposed for a new guide when the election comes around.
Central Coast council covers the entire Central Coast region between Sydney and the Hunter region. The council is bounded at the southern edge by the Hawkesbury River and at the northern edge by Lake Macquarie.
The council extends from Patonga in the south to Lake Munmorah in the north, and also covers Gosford, Woy Woy, Erina, Kariong, Copacabana, Avoca Beach, Umina Beach, Wyoming, Niagara Park, Wamberal, Terrigal, Bateau Bay, Killarney Vale, Berkeley Vale, Tuggerah, Wyong, The Entrance, Budgewoi and Toukley.
The council has a population of about 344,000 as of 2019. It is the third most populous council in New South Wales.
- Incumbent councillors
- Candidate summary
- 2017 results
- Vote breakdown by ward
- Results maps
Budgewoi ward covers the north-eastern corner of the new council. The ward covers those suburbs previously contained in Wyong council on the southern end of Lake Macquarie, including Lake Munmorah, Moonee, Gwandalan, Chain Valley Bay, Doyalson, Budgewoi, Toukley, Charmhaven and Buff Point.
Gosford East ward covers south-eastern parts of the new council, including Erina, Terrigal, Kincumber, Avoca Beach, Copacabana and Saratoga.
Gosford West ward covers the south-west of the new council, including the rural hinterland of the former Gosford council, as well as the suburbs of Gosford, Kariong, Woy Woy, Umina Beach and Ettalong Beach.
The Entrance ward covers the suburbs on the southern side of Tuggerah Lakes, including The Entrance, Berkeley Vale, Killarney Vale, Bateau Bay and Forresters Beach.
Wyong ward covers the north-west of the council, including Wyong, Tacoma, Tuggerah, Warnervale, Tuggerawong, Wallarah, Ourimbah, Niagara Park, Narara, Wyoming and North Gosford.
|Budgewoi||Greg Best (Ind)||Jillian Hogan (Labor)||Doug Vincent (Labor)|
|Gosford East||Jane Smith (Ind)||Jeff Sundstrom (Labor)||Vacant (Liberal)1|
|Gosford West||Chris Holstein (Ind)||Richard Mehrtens (Lab)||Vacant (Liberal)2|
|The Entrance||Lisa Matthews (Lab)||Bruce Mclachlan (Ind)||Jilly Pilon (Liberal)|
|Wyong||Chris Burke (Lib)||Louise Greenaway (Ind)||Kyle Macgregor (Lab)|
1Rebecca Gale resigned from council in October 2020 while urging the state government to intervene in the council.
2Troy Marquart resigned from council in October 2020 while urging the state government to intervene in the council.
Central Coast Council was created out of a merger of Gosford and Wyong councils in 2016. The 2017 guide covers the previous history of these two councils and how much of the new council came from its predecessors.
While both major parties have competed in both councils over the last two decades, neither were dominant in either council, with a large independent bloc in each council.
Labor won six seats at the first election in 2017, alongside four Liberals and five independents.
At the 2017 mayoral election, independent councillor Jane Smith was elected mayor. She was supported by the four Liberals and two other independents in the first round and then won with the vote of Chris Holstein after he was knocked out of the race. Holstein won the deputy mayoral race with the support of the same councillors as those who voted for Smith.
This alliance did not hold at the 2019 mayoral election. Smith flipped to support Labor mayoral candidate Lisa Matthews, along with fellow independent Louise Greenaway (who had supported Labor in 2017). Labor and Greenaway then supported Smith for deputy mayor.
The council announced in late 2020 that a debt of $89 million was discovered. This led to the suspension of the council and the appointment of an administrator, Dick Persson.
|Save Tuggerah Lakes||10,986||5.79||-0.8|
Labor topped the primary vote across the council, with their vote much higher in Budgewoi Ward at the northern end of the council. Their vote ranged from 22.2% in Gosford East to 43.3% in Budgewoi. Labor won two seats in Budgewoi and one in every other ward.
The Liberal vote ranged from 16.7% in Budgewoi to 37.4% in Gosford East.
The Greens ran in four wards, with a vote ranging from 7.8% in Budgewoi to 11.2% in The Entrance.
There was a large vote for a number of independents, with a total vote ranging from 30.3% in Gosford East to 47.3% in Wyong. One independent was elected in each ward.
|Ward||ALP %||LIB %||GRN %||Others %|
|Gosford East Ward||22.2||37.4||10.1||30.3|
|Gosford West Ward||25.6||22.2||10.1||42.0|
|The Entrance Ward||27.7||26.4||11.2||34.7|