Trade or Business Use of Open Space Areas
Gosford City Council recognises the importance of a healthy and active community. While Council has an obligation to preserve open space areas for general community use, it recognises that in some circumstances, the undertaking of trade or business activities on open space reserves can enhance the use of these areas and provide a benefit to the community.
Trade or business activities that will be considered by Council must be ancillary to the purpose of the reserve and be of an educational nature and/or encourage active participation in a healthy lifestyle. Activities deemed appropriate include personal training, surf school activities, stand up paddleboard and canoe and kayak operations.
Council’s Licensing of a Trade or Business on Open Space Areas Policy stipulates that any trade or business wishing to conduct activities on Council managed open space areas must apply for an annual temporary licence.
Temporary licensing provides Council with the ability to regulate and monitor trade or business activities being conducted on open space reserves to ensure ecologically sustainable use and protection of these areas and the safety and wellbeing of the community.
Expressions of Interest
Council seek applications for temporary licences through an annual Expression of Interest (EoI) process. Once an Expression of Interest period closes, applicants may still apply, however there is no guarantee that an assessment will be made until the next Expression of Interest period.
2013/14 Expressions of Interest – Closed 2 April 2013
The 2013/14 Expression of Interest period has now closed. Operators who have yet to apply for a temporary licence are encouraged to contact Council’s Open Space and Leisure Services section on (02) 4304 4378.
2012/13 Approved Operators
Approved operators are required to provide substantial information to Council to obtain authorisation to operate on Council managed reserves. Council requires operators to provide documentation including accreditation, public liability insurance, risk management plans and environmental hazard assessments.
Council requires this information to ensure that the operators that are approved are undertaking safe, environmentally responsible operations on open space reserves.
Members of the public interested in getting involved in any of these activities are encouraged to contact the approved operators licensed with Gosford City Council listed in the below links: