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The City of Central Coast, a peri-urban region in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), lies on the Tasman Sea coast north of Sydney and south of Lake Macquarie.
The City of Central Coast has an estimated population of 325,082 as of June 2015, growing at 1% pa. making it the third-largest urban area in New South Wales and the ninth-largest urban area in Australia. Geographically, the Central Coast is generally considered to include the region bounded by the Hawkesbury River in the south, the Watagan Mountains in the west and the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north, and it lies on the Sydney basin.Politically, the City of Central Coast has administered the area since 12 May 2016, when the Gosford City Council and the Wyong Shire Council merged. In September 2006, the New South Wales government released a revised long-term plan for the region that saw the Central Coast classified as a regional city, along with Wollongong and the Hunter Region. Subsequently, a new junior ministerial post was established in the NSW State Parliament; this was downgraded to a joint parliamentary secretary position in March 2015. As of April 2015 Scot MacDonald served as the parliamentary secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast. In November 2015 both Gosford and Wyong councils controversially voted to merge after allegations of bullying as part of the state government's "Fit for the Future" plans. Amalgamation into a single Central Coast local government area has now passed all administrative and legislative requirements. The new Central Coast Council held elections in September 2017.