Wyong Shire Council Media Release 

A $300 million redevelopment of the Lakeside Plaza Shopping Centre at The Entrance is now a reality with the Central Coast Joint Regional Panel giving the project unanimous approval today.  

 The 113.8 metre development over two towers on a 21,357m2 site is the single largest development on the Central Coast and will transform The Entrance. 

Approval has been given for the concept for a staged mixed use (3 stages) development including demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a shopping centre, with a supermarket, shoptop housing for 478 dwelling, a 108 room hotel, restaurant, multi-purpose function space and ancillary parking for 1434 vehicles. 

 Council’s Mayor Doug Eaton OAM, who moved the approval tonight, said this development will be the catalyst for a major revitalisation of the area and is hopeful it will kick start other transformational projects at The Entrance. 

 “The Entrance is already a major drawcard for our region and this development will only enhance its reputation.

 “It is a great boost to investor confidence and sends a strong signal to other investors The Entrance is a place on the move and the place to invest in the Central Coast.”

 “We will have more people living, working and visiting The Entrance in numbers never seen before and the flow on effects to the local economy will be massive.”

 “It will create hundreds of local jobs during and after construction which is great news for our growing community.”

 Development applications (DAs) will need to be lodged to progress each stage. A DA for the first stage – demolition of existing buildings and excavation works on the southern half of the site, construction of two levels of basement parking as well as the creation of the Coles supermarket and associated retail space is expected to be lodged shortly. 

 Public domain improvements including a piazza public space at the northern end of the site fronting Dening Street are planned, along with the creation of a bus hub on The Entrance Road and extensive street tree planting.    The soffit of the residential tower itself will be lit up with digital artwork programmed to change images and colours.  This digital artwork will be visible from the street frontages and within the podium itself and is intended to activate the corner and to provide a gateway and way-finding element.

 Council is investing $3.5 million in public domain improvements with landscaping and new pavers currently being installed at The Entrance Waterfront.  Plans are currently being developed for a major upgrade to Memorial Park to get underway next year.