Create, Innovate Gosford Steering Committee

In 2010, Mel Laws, Partnership Broker, Community for Youth Connections Gosford, had, like Deborah Lowndes, also begun thinking about empty space-style reuses of space by young Gosford entrepreneurs after reading about the success of international and Australian projects.

She met with Deborah Lowndes to discuss the idea and, according to Deborah:

It was just really opportune that Mel came to me, and I thought "yes, finally someone whom I can drive it together with", and it was then just a natural case where everyone came together who needed to be involved»the stars were aligned. 

Deborah and Mel set up a project Steering Committee made up of local government, business, and service and cultural organisations which held its first meeting in April 2010.

The Steering Committee members are:

  • Deborah Lowndes, Manager GBID
  • Mel Laws, Youth Connections, Community Partnership Broker
  • Ali Vidler, Ali Vidler Design and Vice President, Gosford Chamber of Commerce
  • Belinda Suann, Central Coast Leagues Club
  • Chris Bearman, Central Coast Conservatorium
  • Frank Cubrika, Central Coast Conservatorium
  • John Lowrie,  RYSS/Artist
  • John Tilston, Economist, Gosford City Council
  • Maggie McFee, General Manager, Youth Connections
  • Paul Sclavos, Gosford property owner
  • Peter Turnbull, Citicoast Realty
  • Rob Wilcox, Chapman & Frazer Real Estate
  • Terri Latella, Councillor, Gosford City Council
  • Vicki Scott, Councillor, Gosford City Council

It was agreed that GBID would co-ordinate the activities of Create, Innovate Gosford City via the Steering Committee.

The Committee members work in four areas:

  • General Management & Business Model

             Infrastructure - business model, project outcomes, insurances, IT services, general processes, administration

  • Creative Industries

            Engagement strategy

            Engaging target markets - including Aboriginal artist co-operative

            Application processes - expressions of interest and artist business plans

  • Property Owners/Landlords

            Engagement strategy

            Property useage zoning

            License agreement

            Consultation workshops

  • Marketing

            Project marketing

            Community/business marketing - including workshops

            Internet marketing - website, social media

            Public Relations


And the Committee members have defined the main stakeholders for the project as:

  • Local businesses
  • Creative entrepreneurs
  • Local government
  • Property owners and real estate agents
  • Young unemployed residents
  • Local residents