Central Coast council election, 2024

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  1. Should be an interesting election after the council was dismissed for so long. At the last election, Labor, the Liberals, the Greens and independents all had seats. As usual, the parties did best where they did best on the federal and state levels (Labor did well in and around Wyong and Tuggerah and to a lesser extent in around Gosford and Woy Woy, while the Liberals did best in and around Terrigal (Terrigal is basically the Manly of the Central Coast) and to a lesser extent in and around The Entrance).

    A crucial council to win control of, being one of the most populated in New South Wales and covering the entirety of the Central Coast, the third-largest city in New South Wales and a region that can decide federal and state elections, with the bellwether seat of The Entrance on the state level and Robertson on the federal level. This brings a question: is Gosford still considered a bellwether seat? The Entrance is a fairly safe Labor seat at the moment but usually it’s a marginal seat, but as of the 2023 state election it’s still the most marginal Labor seat that Labor held before the election (i.e the most marginal non-gained Labor seat).

    Any thoughts on this council election?

  2. In 2017, Labor won a plurality of the vote in four of the five wards: Budgewoi, Gosford West, The Entrance and Wyong. The Liberal Party won a plurality of the vote in Gosford East.

    Gosford East includes a lot of the Liberal-voting suburbs of the Central Coast, including the most Liberal-friendly booths in the state seats of Gosford and The Entrance, as well as almost all of the state seat of Terrigal, which is currently the Liberal Party’s only Central Coast-based seat. The Liberal Party did well in The Entrance Ward but Labor had a narrowly higher vote.


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