Have your say Lake Mac

Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

You can find out what issues are currently being discussed and have your say by clicking on the current consultations tab on the right of the screen.

Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

You can find out what issues are currently being discussed and have your say by clicking on the current consultations tab on the right of the screen.

  • A snapshot of what we've heard lately

    12 days ago
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    Thomas H Halton Park

    Thanks to more than 800 people who shared their ideas for a new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay. We heard from a variety of users about the ways they use the park, what they would like to see improved and opportunities to make it an even better place to spend time.
    The draft master plan will be presented to Council for consideration in early March 2017. See what we heard.

    We've got a plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park

    More than 60 local residents provided feedback... Continue reading

    Thomas H Halton Park

    Thanks to more than 800 people who shared their ideas for a new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay. We heard from a variety of users about the ways they use the park, what they would like to see improved and opportunities to make it an even better place to spend time.
    The draft master plan will be presented to Council for consideration in early March 2017. See what we heard.

    We've got a plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park

    More than 60 local residents provided feedback on Council's plan to transform Charlestown Lions Park into a popular park for locals. This feedback is valued and will be considered when Council finalises the master plan. See what people said.

    Lake Mac Walks

    We often hear how much walking and cycling is valued by people living in and visiting Lake Mac. Even more so during our recent Lake Mac Walks engagement. We agree and want to make sure we plan better so people can walk more!

    Join us as we hear from an international walking expert, Dr Rodney Tolley and urban strategist Steven Burgess as they lead a program of walkshops and a public forum on 6-8 March. RSVP now.

    Customer Charter

    Thank you for your feedback on the Customer Charter. Like most businesses, we know that our success lies in delivering excellent service to you, our customer. The Customer Charter will be considered by our elected Council at a Council meeting in early 2017.

    New look Warner Park

    We heard from over 300 local residents with ideas for an upgrade to this popular spot in Warners Bay. See what people told us.
  • Future of Lake Mac in focus

    25 days ago
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    Throughout February we are asking for input into our draft long-term goals to make sure they reflect our community's vision and values. These goals will provide the framework for a new Community Strategic Plan, which will guide the City’s growth and change over the next 10 years.

    Our future in focus - creating a long-term community plan

    Over the past month community representatives, together with Councillors and staff, have worked through the many hundreds of ideas and feedback captured as part of our Shape Your Future project, to develop draft ten-year goals for Lake Mac.

    But, have we got it... Continue reading

    Throughout February we are asking for input into our draft long-term goals to make sure they reflect our community's vision and values. These goals will provide the framework for a new Community Strategic Plan, which will guide the City’s growth and change over the next 10 years.

    Our future in focus - creating a long-term community plan

    Over the past month community representatives, together with Councillors and staff, have worked through the many hundreds of ideas and feedback captured as part of our Shape Your Future project, to develop draft ten-year goals for Lake Mac.

    But, have we got it right? Have your say via a quick online survey and you could win a GoPro Hero waterproof!

    Making places and spaces

    Have you had your say yet? We want to know what the arts, heritage and culture means to you, how you experience it from day to day and ways it can help create a more inclusive City.

    Take our survey before 28 February for a chance to win one of two Fuji Instax Mini Polaroid Cameras.

    Aboriginal Community Plan

    We are reviewing our Aboriginal Community Plan and need your input. We are keen to hear about the challenges facing local communities, success stories and ways Council can contribute.

    To be involved in the review, take a short survey online. Submit your ideas by 10 February and you could win a $200 gift voucher to Saretta Fielding's Art and Design.

    All the best,
    Lake Mac Have Your Say team


  • January engagement update: fresh start, new ideas

    about 1 month ago
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    Welcome to 2017! This month we are delving into our City's diverse cultural life as we look to develop a new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan and review our Aboriginal Community Plan.

    Have your say on the Aboriginal Community Plan

    We are reviewing and updating our Aboriginal Community Plan and Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
    We want hear about the challenges facing local communities, success stories and ways Council can contribute.
    To be involved in the review, complete our short online survey. Submit your ideas before 10 February and you could win a $200... Continue reading

    Welcome to 2017! This month we are delving into our City's diverse cultural life as we look to develop a new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan and review our Aboriginal Community Plan.

    Have your say on the Aboriginal Community Plan

    We are reviewing and updating our Aboriginal Community Plan and Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
    We want hear about the challenges facing local communities, success stories and ways Council can contribute.
    To be involved in the review, complete our short online survey. Submit your ideas before 10 February and you could win a $200 gift voucher to Saretta Fielding's Art and Design.

    Share your views on arts, heritage and culture in Lake Mac

    You're invited to share your views on art, heritage and culture to help develop the City’s new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027

    Join us at an upcoming creative forum to help invigorate our City.

    Creative forums - RSVP now

    Each forum will include a presentation outlining the intention of the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, discussion, workshop and priority setting.

    When: Thursday 19 January, 2-4pm RSVP online
    Where: Charlestown Library Meeting Room, corner Smith and Ridley streets, Charlestown

    When: Thursday 19 January, 5.30-7.30pm RSVP online
    Where: Charlestown Library Meeting Room, corner Smith and Ridley streets, Charlestown

    When: Thursday 2 February, 2-4pm RSVP online
    Where: Swansea Centre Mezzanine, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

    When: Thursday 2 February 5.30-7pm RSVP online
    Where: Toronto Library, corner Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto

    To share your views on arts, heritage and culture in Lake Macquarie City, go online or attend one of the forum sessions.

    Relocating the Pelican Boat Ramp

    Council is seeking community feedback on the proposed relocation of Pelican Boat Ramp until 3 February 2017.
    Learn more about the proposal and have your say online.

    All the best,
    Have Your Say Lake Mac
  • Have your say on the Aboriginal Community Plan

    about 1 month ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is currently reviewing and updating the Aboriginal Community Plan and Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    “We want to learn more about the key challenges facing local communities, success stories and ways you think Council can contribute.”

    To be involved in the review, complete our short survey online. Submit your feedback before Friday 10 February and you will go in the draw to win a $200 voucher to Saretta Fielding's Art and Design.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Stephen McAlister, said these two significant strategic documents will support Council to facilitate... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council is currently reviewing and updating the Aboriginal Community Plan and Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    “We want to learn more about the key challenges facing local communities, success stories and ways you think Council can contribute.”

    To be involved in the review, complete our short survey online. Submit your feedback before Friday 10 February and you will go in the draw to win a $200 voucher to Saretta Fielding's Art and Design.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Stephen McAlister, said these two significant strategic documents will support Council to facilitate the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across the City.

    “The Aboriginal Community Plan highlights the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in our City, and aims to identify priority areas and strategies to meet these needs,” Mr McAlister said.

    “To determine the needs of the Lake Macquarie community and develop actions for the next three years, we are seeking input from the wider-community, as well as Elders, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Traditional Owner organisations, Aboriginal organisations, those who work with or in the Aboriginal community and various government agencies.

    The 2012-2015 Aboriginal Community Plan identified 35 priority actions, out of which 32 were completed. Some of the achieved actions include:

    · deliver Aboriginal culture sessions, free to Council staff and external organisations, in particular those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

    · compile and distribute the quarterly newsletter, Koori Grapevine

    · host community events to recognise significant cultural dates like NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week

    · attend and contribute to community meetings and gatherings, in particular the Eastlakes and Westlakes NAIDOC committees;

    · offer an allocation of funding for NAIDOC Week events and cultural identity programs; and

    · support and partner with internal and external departments to offer community programs.

    Find out more about the Aboriginal Community Plan here.
  • Share your views on arts, heritage and culture in Lake Macquarie City

    about 1 month ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting the community to share their views on art, heritage and culture to help develop the City’s new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027.

    Manager Cultural Services, Jacqui Hemsley, said art, culture and heritage help to engage us as individuals and bring us together as a community.

    “Our vision is to recognise, encourage and develop the City’s diverse cultural life, grow our creative economy, engage and value artistic expression and to protect and promote its heritage,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “Involving the community in the development of strategic plans, such as the Arts, Heritage and... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting the community to share their views on art, heritage and culture to help develop the City’s new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027.

    Manager Cultural Services, Jacqui Hemsley, said art, culture and heritage help to engage us as individuals and bring us together as a community.

    “Our vision is to recognise, encourage and develop the City’s diverse cultural life, grow our creative economy, engage and value artistic expression and to protect and promote its heritage,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “Involving the community in the development of strategic plans, such as the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, leads to better decisions for our Council because it helps us take into account the various interests, values, needs and perspectives of the people our decisions affect.

    “It creates a culture of shared responsibility, encouraging people to value and participate in the arts, protect our heritage and celebrate our culture in Lake Macquarie.

    As part of the process of development the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, Council is hosting a series of forums for the community to attend.

    “The forums are for residents and neighbours with a vision for Lake Macquarie to develop, invigorate and promote arts, heritage, culture, and diversity in our city that benefit our residents, creative community, businesses, and visitors,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “As culture is the foundation upon which vibrant, resilient and industrious communities are built, Council is committed to supporting the growth and diversity of cultural activities and offerings in Lake Macquarie.”

    To share your views on arts, heritage and culture in Lake Macquarie City, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/cultural-plan or attend one of the forum sessions taking place throughout January and February.

    Forum sessions

    Each forum is planned to go for between approximately two hours, and will include a presentation outlining the intention of the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, discussion and workshop and priority setting.

    When: Thursday 19 January, 2-4pm
    Where: Cardiff Library Activity Room, First Floor, Cardiff Marketplace, corner Main and Macquarie roads, Cardiff

    When: Thursday 19 January, 5.30-7.30pm
    Where: Cardiff Library Activity Room, First Floor, Cardiff Marketplace, corner Main and Macquarie roads, Cardiff

    When: Thursday 2 February, 2-4pm
    Where: Swansea Centre Mezzanine, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

    When: Thursday 2 February 5.30-7pm
    Where: Toronto Library, corner Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto





  • Have your say on proposed relocation of Pelican Boat Ramp

    about 1 month ago
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    The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries – Crown Lands has released a draft recommendation to Council to relocate the Pelican Boat Ramp following an extensive investigation into sand movements in Swansea Channel and the erosion of the Pelican foreshore.

    Council’s Section Manager, Brendan Callander, said Crown Lands is proposing Council relocate the Pelican Boat Ramp 170m to the south of its current location and Council would like to hear the community’s thoughts on the proposal.

    “Council has a strong commitment to providing access to the Lake for recreational purposes, and supporting boating activities through the construction and maintenance... Continue reading

    The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries – Crown Lands has released a draft recommendation to Council to relocate the Pelican Boat Ramp following an extensive investigation into sand movements in Swansea Channel and the erosion of the Pelican foreshore.

    Council’s Section Manager, Brendan Callander, said Crown Lands is proposing Council relocate the Pelican Boat Ramp 170m to the south of its current location and Council would like to hear the community’s thoughts on the proposal.

    “Council has a strong commitment to providing access to the Lake for recreational purposes, and supporting boating activities through the construction and maintenance of infrastructure,” Mr Callander said.

    “We have been planning to replace the boat ramp at Pelican since we became aware the existing structure was failing and we have set aside funding and prepared a concept design for a replacement boat ramp.

    “Before proceeding with the design, we would like to seek feedback from the community on the Crown Lands’ proposal to ensure this location is best for the community.”

    To provide your feedback visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/pelican-boat-ramp before Friday 3 February or drop into a pop-up information stall between 8am-noon on Saturday 21 January at the Pelican foreshore.

    Construction of the new Pelican Boat Ramp is expected to commence in mid-2017.

    Whilst this ramp is unavailable, lake users are encouraged to access alternate facilities located at:

    Thomas Humphreys Reserve, Swansea, access via Dobinson Drive;

    Blacksmiths Channel Reserve, Blacksmiths, access via Ungala Road; and

    Lake Road, Swansea.

  • Wishing you season's greetings and a happy new year!

    2 months ago
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    Thank you for your valuable contribution in 2016. With so many exciting projects on the go in Lake Mac, this year has been a big one for all of us. We have now have over 2,300 registered users, and many more joining in the conversation. Let's keep building in 2017.

    We have tried a few new things this year. Virtual Reality helped us explain the impact of sea level rise over time and inspire big thinking for the future of our City. We also popped up around the Lake for community chats, hosted an eight-part Future Forums series and collaborated... Continue reading

    Thank you for your valuable contribution in 2016. With so many exciting projects on the go in Lake Mac, this year has been a big one for all of us. We have now have over 2,300 registered users, and many more joining in the conversation. Let's keep building in 2017.

    We have tried a few new things this year. Virtual Reality helped us explain the impact of sea level rise over time and inspire big thinking for the future of our City. We also popped up around the Lake for community chats, hosted an eight-part Future Forums series and collaborated with young people to improve designs for skate parks and playgrounds.

    Next year, the new City Vision will come into focus in a new Community Strategic Plan. This plan sets our long-term goals for Lake Mac and actions we can take to make them happen. Listen out for more info in the new year.

    Until then...

    Making places and spaces come alive!

    A new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan is being developed and we want to hear from you! Take our survey by 28 February 2017 and you could win one of two Fuji Instax Mini Polaroid cameras.


    Have a safe and happy holiday season

    Have Your Say Lake Mac
  • Draft Development Control Plan on public exhibition - Marks Point & Belmont South

    3 months ago
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    The draft Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan 2014 is available for public comment. The Development Control Plan provides guidance and detailed requirements for the preparation of Development Applications. The proposed revisions to the control plan will help to implement the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan.

    The draft plan is on public exhibition from Saturday 3 December 2016 until Monday 16 January 2017. A summary of the proposed changes to the control plan and more information on how to make a submission is available on Council’s website during exhibition period.

    Find out more about... Continue reading

    The draft Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan 2014 is available for public comment. The Development Control Plan provides guidance and detailed requirements for the preparation of Development Applications. The proposed revisions to the control plan will help to implement the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan.

    The draft plan is on public exhibition from Saturday 3 December 2016 until Monday 16 January 2017. A summary of the proposed changes to the control plan and more information on how to make a submission is available on Council’s website during exhibition period.

    Find out more about the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaption Plan here.
  • Vision and Values to take Lake Macquarie into the future

    3 months ago
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    Lake Macquarie City councillors have adopted a new City Vision and set of Community Values that will guide future planning and provide direction for how the City responds to change and growth.

    The City Vision and Community Values statements were created by a Community Reference Group of 20 Lake Macquarie residents drawing on extensive feedback from the Shape Your Future community engagement campaign.

    The new City Vision and Community Values reflect the priorities of Lake Mac residents, with a strong emphasis on environmental protection, lifestyle and wellbeing, community connectivity and the development of a diverse, adaptable economy.

    The statements update... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City councillors have adopted a new City Vision and set of Community Values that will guide future planning and provide direction for how the City responds to change and growth.

    The City Vision and Community Values statements were created by a Community Reference Group of 20 Lake Macquarie residents drawing on extensive feedback from the Shape Your Future community engagement campaign.

    The new City Vision and Community Values reflect the priorities of Lake Mac residents, with a strong emphasis on environmental protection, lifestyle and wellbeing, community connectivity and the development of a diverse, adaptable economy.

    The statements update the first vision and set of values for the city, which were developed during the early 1990s.

    “While there are many similarities, the new City Vision and Community Values are more succinct and current, and equip the Council to take the city forward in the 21st century,” Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said.

    “The community has told us they consider Council’s role in the modern era to go well beyond the old maxim of ‘roads, rates and rubbish’.

    “They expect Council to be a guardian of the environment, a driver of economic growth and diversification, and a provider of services and facilities that enrich the cultural and social life of the community.”

    Shape Your Future was one of the most comprehensive engagement projects undertaken by Council, reaching tens of thousands of residents through an innovative range of traditional and digital feedback tools.

    These included public forums, stakeholder meetings, phone surveys, pop-up stalls, school workshops, direct mail, e-newsletters, ‘guerrilla’ advertising and online engagement through social media and a project web page with an interactive city map.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the scope of the campaign and diversity of engagement methods allowed Council to reach a significant cross-section of the community across a wide geographical area.

    “Shape Your Future reached 90,000 properties in Lake Macquarie through editions of Your City magazine, 78,000 residents through social media and thousands more through face-to face interaction. It generated 5,000 visits to the project web page and more than 1,800 comments and submissions,” Ms Pope said.

    “Our objective was to encourage participation. As part of this, we introduced some fun new engagement methods such as guerrilla advertising on shared pathways and pop-up stalls where residents could tell staff what they value about the city and view 3D futuristic city scenes with virtual reality goggles.”

    Lake Macquarie resident Carolyn Schofield, who sat on the Community Reference Group, said the City Vision and Community Values created a holistic framework from which the council could make community-focused decisions about the City’s future.

    “They are a strong reflection of the culture and feel of Lake Macquarie while also portraying a vision for the future that will allow us to move forward without losing the essence of the City,” she said.

    The Lake Macquarie City Vision and Community Values were adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday, 28 November. They will be a foundation for future policies prepared by Council, including the new Community Strategic Plan, to be released in 2017, and a new land-use strategy, for which planning is under way.

    Click here to find out more about the next steps.

  • Smiles all around at the Warner Park pop-up

    3 months ago
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    On Saturday 19 November we hosted a morning pop-up session in the park. This was a good opportunity for the project team to have a chat with local residents and park users and ground truth the ideas and suggestions we had already received via the online survey, stories tool and social media.

    It was a really worthwhile exercise for the team. Between chats we took the opportunity to observe how people use the park, including the playground and natural features such as the tree stumps.

    Chalkboards proved a great way to capture ideas using pictures and words, and we hope... Continue reading

    On Saturday 19 November we hosted a morning pop-up session in the park. This was a good opportunity for the project team to have a chat with local residents and park users and ground truth the ideas and suggestions we had already received via the online survey, stories tool and social media.

    It was a really worthwhile exercise for the team. Between chats we took the opportunity to observe how people use the park, including the playground and natural features such as the tree stumps.

    Chalkboards proved a great way to capture ideas using pictures and words, and we hope it inspired everyone's imagination. Check out some pics of the day.

    Thanks to everyone shared their thoughts - we hope your enjoyed ice cream!

    Find out more about the Warner Park upgrade here.