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Central Coast Council
New South Wales
Central Coast LGA NSW.png
Location of Central Coast LGA in NSW
Population 331,007 (2015) (6th)
 • Density 176.68/km2 (457.6/sq mi)
Established 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 1,681 km2 (649.0 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Administrator Ian Reynolds
Region Central Coast
State electorate(s)
  • Gosford
  • Swansea
  • Terrigal
  • The Entrance
  • Wyong
Federal Division(s)
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Website Central Coast Council
LGAs around Central Coast Council:
Cessnock Lake Macquarie Tasman Sea
Hawkesbury Central Coast Council Tasman Sea
Hornsby Northern Beaches Tasman Sea

The Central Coast Council is a local government area serving the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, established on 12 May 2016 following the amalgamation of Gosford City and Wyong Shire councils.

The council comprises an area of 1,681 square kilometres (649 sq mi) and is bounded to the east by the Tasman Sea, to the south by Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, and to the west by the Yengo National Park northwards to Bucketty before heading eastward along George Downes Drive, encompassing the Olney State Forest and crossing the Pacific Motorway, meeting the southern edge of Lake Macquarie at Mannering Park and eventually reaching the coast north of Moonee. At the time of the council's establishment it had an estimated population of 331,007.

The Administrator of the Central Coast Council is Ian Reynolds, pending elections to be held on 9 September 2017.


At the 2011 Census the former Gosford local government area had a population of 162,440; while the former Wyong local government area had a population of 149,746. This gave a nominal 2011 population of 312,186 for the Central Coast local government area; estimated as 331,007 in 2016 at the time of the council's establishment.

Suburbs and localities

The local government area includes a moderately densely populated coastal strip that extends northward from the Hawkesbury River and is bounded by the Pacific Motorway to the west, and an extensive sparsely-populated region to the west of the motorway that is largely native bush. The towns and villages located within Central Coast Council are:

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