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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.

Latest news

  • Help us develop a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan

    9 days ago
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    Help make Lake Macquarie a great place to live for all

    We can all play a part in making it easier for people with disability to live, work and visit our City. To make this a reality, Lake Macquarie City Council is developing a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 that will guide our planning and the actions Council takes now and in the future.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council is committed to being an inclusive and accessible City for people with disability.

    “This action plan, developed with the community, will help to identify and break down... Continue reading

    Help make Lake Macquarie a great place to live for all

    We can all play a part in making it easier for people with disability to live, work and visit our City. To make this a reality, Lake Macquarie City Council is developing a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 that will guide our planning and the actions Council takes now and in the future.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council is committed to being an inclusive and accessible City for people with disability.

    “This action plan, developed with the community, will help to identify and break down barriers for those with disability living and working in Lake Macquarie City,” Mr Bryant said.

    “The Plan will assist Council to effectively identify four focus areas and deliver actions that will help to create an inclusive community.”

    The focus areas are:

    attitudes and behaviours;

    liveable communities;

    employment; and

    systems and processes.

    Do you have a disability or are you a carer or service provider? Are you passionate about breaking down barriers for those with disability?

    Council wants you to get involved in the conversation to help build a more inclusive and accessible Lake Macquarie City.

    Have your say via our project page by taking a short survey and adding to our ideas board before Friday 30 September 2016.

    To find out more, contact Council’s Community Planner for Ageing and Disability, Jenny Linton-Webb at council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or call 4921 0333.

  • Planning underway for Windale

    24 days ago
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    Council preparing draft Windale Area Plan

    Following on from consultation with Windale residents, businesses and groups in late 2015, we are now using community input to prepare a draft Windale Area Plan. The Plan will show opportunities for better community facilities, open space improvements, creek rehabilitation, and a proposed cycling and walking path linking to the Mount Hutton shops.

    Council is looking at how easy it is to walk from home to the shops, schools, playgrounds, open spaces or clubs from anywhere in Windale. Areas with a high ‘walking score’ are good locations for new town houses, villas and small... Continue reading

    Council preparing draft Windale Area Plan

    Following on from consultation with Windale residents, businesses and groups in late 2015, we are now using community input to prepare a draft Windale Area Plan. The Plan will show opportunities for better community facilities, open space improvements, creek rehabilitation, and a proposed cycling and walking path linking to the Mount Hutton shops.

    Council is looking at how easy it is to walk from home to the shops, schools, playgrounds, open spaces or clubs from anywhere in Windale. Areas with a high ‘walking score’ are good locations for new town houses, villas and small apartment blocks.

    The plan will provide guidance to landowners on how to deliver more affordable housing suited to smaller households and people who need a single level dwelling for easy access.

    It also encourages front setbacks for gardens, design for good visibility and safety, and integration of garages and carports in the dwelling design, to support the street character in Windale.

    The project team aims to complete the draft Area Plan and report to Council in October/ November. It would then be placed on public exhibition and everyone will have an opportunity to comment.

    Find out more HERE

  • July Update - Community collaboration on local adaption plans & #shapeyourfuture pops up across the City

    about 1 month ago
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    Community ideas help #shapeyourfuture

    There has been plenty of great discussion and creative thinking for the future of Lake Mac this month. Almost 4000 people have visited the Shape Your Future page, sharing over 500 ideas in the discussion boards and over 200 comments via our interactive map. You may see the team popping up in your neighbourhood over the coming months - be sure to have a chat.

    As part of the NAIDOC celebrations we asked our future leaders to draw or paint what they love about living in Lake Mac. There was some really tough competition with... Continue reading

    Community ideas help #shapeyourfuture

    There has been plenty of great discussion and creative thinking for the future of Lake Mac this month. Almost 4000 people have visited the Shape Your Future page, sharing over 500 ideas in the discussion boards and over 200 comments via our interactive map. You may see the team popping up in your neighbourhood over the coming months - be sure to have a chat.

    As part of the NAIDOC celebrations we asked our future leaders to draw or paint what they love about living in Lake Mac. There was some really tough competition with over 100 entries showing family and friends, and fun spent at the lake, beaches and in our local parks.

    The winners were judged by Mayor Cr Jodie Harrison and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Director, Debbie Abraham. Congratulations to our Grand Finalists, Jack and Shania!

    Pelican and Blacksmiths Local Adaption Plan - Community Workshop

    We’ve heard your ideas for how to respond to ongoing sea level rise, higher future flood levels and beach erosion in Pelican and Blacksmiths. The latest Community Newsletter No.2 hit letterboxes last week and includes a overview of future hazards and community ideas we've heard to date.

    We are holding a Community Workshop on 11 August where we'll take a more detailed look at these ideas, consider where and how they could be implemented and check if there are other options that have not been suggested to date.RSVP here.

    Implementing Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaption Plan

    We are progressing with a review of actions identified in the local adaption plan adopted earlier in 2016. Community involvement continues to be a central focus for the team as they begin to implement the plan. The first task is to review the actions related to land use planning and development controls.

    Residents and interested community members are invited to an Update and Discussion on Thursday 18 August at the Marks Point Public School Hall from 6pm. More

    Planning for a new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton park

    Since late June we have been consulting with local residents and park users to understand current use, what needs to be improved and ideas for how the park could be developed as part of this major project.

    We have received almost 160 online surveys, hundreds of ideas at our pop up sessions in the park, and around 150 comments via out interactive map. Once this early phase of consultation closes, we will consider all the suggestions and prepare recommendations for Council.

  • Implementing the Local Adaption Plan: A review of land use planning and development controls for Marks Point and Belmont South

    about 1 month ago
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    Council staff are progressing with a review of actions identified in the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan, adopted earlier in 2016. Community involvement continues to be central focus for the team as they begin to implement the plan developed in collaborative with local residents. The first tasks will be to review the actions related to land use planning and development controls, including controls around building heights, setbacks, filling of land prone to sea level rise and adaptable housing. CLICK HERE for an update on the action plan review.

    Residents and interested community members are... Continue reading

    Council staff are progressing with a review of actions identified in the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan, adopted earlier in 2016. Community involvement continues to be central focus for the team as they begin to implement the plan developed in collaborative with local residents. The first tasks will be to review the actions related to land use planning and development controls, including controls around building heights, setbacks, filling of land prone to sea level rise and adaptable housing. CLICK HERE for an update on the action plan review.

    Residents and interested community members are invited to an Update and Discussion on Thursday 18 August from 6pm at the Marks Point Public School Hall, Findon Street.

    Find out more about the Local Adaption Plan for Marks Point and Belmont and register for the Update and Discussion on our project page


  • Help shape the future of Lake Mac

    2 months ago

    Influence and shape the future of an entire city!

    If you’re selective about which projects you get involved in, this is one of those once-in-a-decade opportunities you need to jump on to.

    When you provide feedback through the #shapeyourfuture project, you will be contributing to the development of a vision for the City, including a set of values on which Council’s decision-making will be based.

    This means, your input will guide what Council does now and into the future.

    The vision and values that Council and the community develops together will be used to create a long-term Community Strategic Plan.... Continue reading

    Influence and shape the future of an entire city!

    If you’re selective about which projects you get involved in, this is one of those once-in-a-decade opportunities you need to jump on to.

    When you provide feedback through the #shapeyourfuture project, you will be contributing to the development of a vision for the City, including a set of values on which Council’s decision-making will be based.

    This means, your input will guide what Council does now and into the future.

    The vision and values that Council and the community develops together will be used to create a long-term Community Strategic Plan. This is Council’s and the community’s primary strategic document. It also feeds into and guides all other long, mid and short term plans.

    If you want the chance to steer the direction of your City and to guide Council’s plans for the future – head to the website now to have your say. And keep an eye out for the team in the coming months as they will be popping up across the city asking for your big ideas.

    In September there will be a number of innovative workshops that you get to take part in, but for now we need your input at www.shapeyourfuture.net.au

    Thanks for taking part,

    Shape Your Future project team

  • Positive response to Skate Lake Mac

    3 months ago

    Lake Macquarie City Council has been working closely with the community and professional skateboarders, to find out what features they would like included in the designs for exciting new skate parks at Charlestown and Windale.

    A transitional-style skate park will be built across from Charlestown Square, on the corner of Frederick Street and the Pacific Highway.

    A plaza-style skate park will be built at South Street in Windale, and will be twice the size of the park located adjacent to the PCYC, which was closed earlier this year.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson said, the... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council has been working closely with the community and professional skateboarders, to find out what features they would like included in the designs for exciting new skate parks at Charlestown and Windale.

    A transitional-style skate park will be built across from Charlestown Square, on the corner of Frederick Street and the Pacific Highway.

    A plaza-style skate park will be built at South Street in Windale, and will be twice the size of the park located adjacent to the PCYC, which was closed earlier this year.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson said, the response from the community has been very positive.

    “We held three successful design sessions at Windale PCYC, The Place and Charlestown Oval, and had 39 people fill out our survey and 11 people submit their ideas,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “We are looking forward to using this feedback to deliver new skate parks that will best meet the needs of those who will be using them.”

    Charlestown resident, Martin Barnes, was presented with a GoPro for the detailed feedback he provided Council, which looks at the best possible way to use the slanted site identified for Charlestown.

    “Us skateboarders really appreciate the opportunity to work with Council to design these new parks,” Mr Barnes said.

    “Hopefully this brings a lot of new people to the sport and my ideas are helpful.

    “I look forward to the opportunity of being further involved in this project in the future.”

    Council will now consider the feedback received when designing the new skate parks. Construction is expected to commence after the designs have been exhibited later this year.




  • Have your say on a draft Plan of Management for Trinity Point Reserve

    3 months ago
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    Council is inviting community feedback on a draft Plan of Management for Trinity Point Reserve to help ensure residents and visitors continue to enjoy valued open space and access to the lake foreshore.

    Council’s Recreation Planner, Bryan Pollock, said there’s a need for a site-specific Plan of Management for Trinity Point Reserve to encourage community recreational opportunities while balancing the cultural and ecological values of the reserve.

    “A new Plan of Management is needed to ensure the cultural and ecological values of the reserve are protected, the use of the reserve meets a... Continue reading

    Council is inviting community feedback on a draft Plan of Management for Trinity Point Reserve to help ensure residents and visitors continue to enjoy valued open space and access to the lake foreshore.

    Council’s Recreation Planner, Bryan Pollock, said there’s a need for a site-specific Plan of Management for Trinity Point Reserve to encourage community recreational opportunities while balancing the cultural and ecological values of the reserve.

    “A new Plan of Management is needed to ensure the cultural and ecological values of the reserve are protected, the use of the reserve meets a range of community needs, and appropriate management actions are identified and implemented to ensure sound ongoing management of the land,” Mr Pollock said.

    View the draft document and provide your feedback until 8 July 2016. The document is also available to view at Morisset Library or Council’s Customer Service Centre in the Administration Building at Speers Point.





  • Council seeks community assistance to help manage for future flood risks

    3 months ago

    Lake Macquarie City Council is encouraging residents to have their say on how Council manages future flood risks around the Jewells Wetland catchment and the Winding Creek and Lower Cockle Creek catchments.

    Council’s Acting Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said Council is asking the community to provide feedback on draft Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Risk Management Plans for both catchments, to help build more flood resilient communities across the City.

    “The community’s ongoing involvement is integral to the flood planning process, so we encourage residents or businesses affected by flooding in these areas to have their say on the draft... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council is encouraging residents to have their say on how Council manages future flood risks around the Jewells Wetland catchment and the Winding Creek and Lower Cockle Creek catchments.

    Council’s Acting Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said Council is asking the community to provide feedback on draft Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Risk Management Plans for both catchments, to help build more flood resilient communities across the City.

    “The community’s ongoing involvement is integral to the flood planning process, so we encourage residents or businesses affected by flooding in these areas to have their say on the draft studies and plans during the public exhibition period,” Mr Chapman said.

    “Once finalised and adopted by Council, the plans will be used by Council to better manage flood risks and mitigate damage from floods within these areas.”

    The draft Floodplain Risk Management Studies identify a number of management measures that can be used to reduce future flood risks in each catchment. The draft Floodplain Risk Management Plans identify the preferred options considered most appropriate to manage risk and recommendation for adoption by Council.

    Jewells Wetland

    The Jewells Wetland catchment includes Scrubby Creek, Crokers Creek and Johnson Creek tributaries, and covers parts of Mount Hutton, Tingira Heights, Windale, Gateshead, Bennetts Green, Redhead and Jewells.

    To view a copy of the draft Jewells Wetland Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan and provide feedback, go here, or visit Lake Mac Libraries’ Windale, Charlestown or Belmont branches, or Council’s Administration Building at Speers Point. Council will be hosting a drop-in information session for residents of the Jewells catchment at the Sanctuary Holiday Park on Tuesday 7 June from 1pm.

    Winding Creek and Lower Cockle Creek

    The Winding Creek and Lower Cockle Creek catchments include part of the suburbs of Edgeworth, Cardiff, Argenton, Glendale and Boolaroo.

    To view a copy of the draft Winding Creek and Lower Cockle Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan and provide feedback, go to here or visit Lake Mac Libraries Cardiff or Edgeworth branches or Council’s Administration Building at Speers Point. Council will be hosting drop-in information sessions for residents of the Winding Creek and Lower Cockle Creek catchments at Cardiff Library on Tuesday 21 June from 10am-noon, at Edgeworth Town Square on Thursday 23 June from 3.30-5.30pm and at Stockland Glendale (outside Target) on Saturday 25 June from 9am-2pm.

    Submissions close 25 July 2016.





  • Council adopts 2016/2017 Operational Plan, Budget, and Fees and Charges

    3 months ago

    At its Council meeting on Monday 23 May, Council adopted the Revised Draft 2016/2017 Operational Plan and Budget and the Revised Draft 2016/2017 Fees and Charges. Both documents incorporated modifications made in response to submissions received during the public exhibition period.

    We received 21 submissions during the exhibition period between 2 April and 30 April - thank you for your contributions,

    At its Council meeting on Monday 23 May, Council adopted the Revised Draft 2016/2017 Operational Plan and Budget and the Revised Draft 2016/2017 Fees and Charges. Both documents incorporated modifications made in response to submissions received during the public exhibition period.

    We received 21 submissions during the exhibition period between 2 April and 30 April - thank you for your contributions,

  • Council seeks community input for its facilities upgrade works

    4 months ago

    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling for suggestions and improvement ideas as it plans to refresh and update its community halls and multi-purpose centres across the City.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council owns and operates about 80 community facilities in Lake Macquarie, and users and potential users of these facilities now have the opportunity to let us know how these facilities could be improved.

    “We encourage the community to help inform future decisions regarding upgrades so we can ensure our community halls, multi-purpose centres, and other community facilities meet the needs of residents now, and into... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling for suggestions and improvement ideas as it plans to refresh and update its community halls and multi-purpose centres across the City.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council owns and operates about 80 community facilities in Lake Macquarie, and users and potential users of these facilities now have the opportunity to let us know how these facilities could be improved.

    “We encourage the community to help inform future decisions regarding upgrades so we can ensure our community halls, multi-purpose centres, and other community facilities meet the needs of residents now, and into the future,” Mr Bryant said.

    Suggestions might include extra storage areas, improved access, a new kitchen, better heating and cooling, or a new shelter and barbecue area.

    All feedback will be considered when developing a program of works to upgrade community facilities across Lake Macquarie City over the coming years.

    Funding for these improvements has come from the actions carried out in the Lake Macquarie City Council Community Facilities Strategy.