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.

  • Vision and Values to take Lake Macquarie into the future

    6 days 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... 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

    6 days 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.

  • November engagement update

    20 days ago
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    New-look Warner Park at Warners Bay - got some ideas?

    We are planning for an exciting upgrade to Warner Park, at Warners Bay, and we need your ideas.Tell us how you use the park, what you like or think needs improving, and share your ideas for this exciting upgrade via the online survey or our stories tool.

    Join us for a chat about this exciting project and at the Warner Park pop-up this Saturday 19 November between 9 - 11.30am. First 100 will enjoy a free ice cream on us!

    Customer Charter - provide your feedback

    We’ve ... Continue reading

    New-look Warner Park at Warners Bay - got some ideas?

    We are planning for an exciting upgrade to Warner Park, at Warners Bay, and we need your ideas.Tell us how you use the park, what you like or think needs improving, and share your ideas for this exciting upgrade via the online survey or our stories tool.

    Join us for a chat about this exciting project and at the Warner Park pop-up this Saturday 19 November between 9 - 11.30am. First 100 will enjoy a free ice cream on us!

    Customer Charter - provide your feedback

    We’ve recently developed a draft Customer Charter, and we'd like to hear from you to make sure we got the balance right. We recognise there are times where residents may not be completely satisfied with our customer service, so we welcome any feedback to improve our performance.

    We're asking the community to review our draft Customer Charter and share with us their expectations when it comes to customer service. It's quick and easy to have your say.

    Draft Belmont Sports Field Master Plan

    The draft master plan sets out a vision for the future development and usability of sporting facilities at Belmont. It proposes a multi-functional sporting precinct suitable for regional and state competitions, including large-scale sports carnivals.

    What do you like, and what could be improved? Complete the feedback form.

    Take our survey and tell us how far you walk

    To plan better walking opportunities, Council needs to know where you walk, and where you want to walk. Take our survey now.

    Plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park - draft master plan

    In case you haven't heard, we're planning to transform the existing Lions Park at Charlestown to include a playground, multipurpose courts, amenities block, car park and celebrate the existing Sister City Garden.

    View the draft master plan and tell us us what you like, don't like and think needs to be improved. Find out more.

    LT Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study at Fassifern

    Share your stories and photos of flooding, and take part in our online survey by Friday 18 November. Come along to a community information session on Wednesday 30 November from 6pm at the Charlton Christian College. Click to RSVP.
    All the best.
  • Richmond Vale Rail Trail Community Survey

    27 days ago
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    This short surveywill help us to better understand the current activities of both local and regional communities and how they might use the trail in the future. Your input through this survey will inform the socio-economic assessment as part of the Environmental Impact Statement.

    The Richmond Vale Rail Trail is proposed to run along the former Richmond Vale rail line between Kurri Kurri and Hexham, and along the former Chichester to Newcastle water pipeline between Shortland and Tarro.

    The shared pathway would provide a link for cyclists between Kurri Kurri, Tarro, Minmi and Shortland that would enable them to... Continue reading

    This short survey will help us to better understand the current activities of both local and regional communities and how they might use the trail in the future. Your input through this survey will inform the socio-economic assessment as part of the Environmental Impact Statement.

    The Richmond Vale Rail Trail is proposed to run along the former Richmond Vale rail line between Kurri Kurri and Hexham, and along the former Chichester to Newcastle water pipeline between Shortland and Tarro.

    The shared pathway would provide a link for cyclists between Kurri Kurri, Tarro, Minmi and Shortland that would enable them to undertake journeys without having to ride on the Pacific Motorway, Hunter Expressway or New England Highway.

    In undertaking this survey, please select the options which most closely reflect your usual activities.

    Find out more about this exciting project at http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Council/News/Projects-Works/Richmond-Vale-Rail-Trail
  • October engagement update

    about 1 month ago
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    October engagement update


    Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who shared their ideas for the new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay. Following review of community input, we are now preparing the draft master plan which will be available for public comment in the first half of 2017. View the engagement summary here.

    Plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park - draft master plan

    We're planning to transform the existing Lions Park at Charlestown to include a playground, multipurpose courts, amenities block, car park and celebrate the... Continue reading

    October engagement update


    Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who shared their ideas for the new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay. Following review of community input, we are now preparing the draft master plan which will be available for public comment in the first half of 2017. View the engagement summary here.

    Plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park - draft master plan

    We're planning to transform the existing Lions Park at Charlestown to include a playground, multipurpose courts, amenities block, car park and celebrate the existing Sister City Garden.

    View the master plan and tell us what you like, don't like or would like to see included as part of the upgrade. Find out more.

    LT Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study at Fassifern

    Do you live or work in Fassifern? Your local knowledge and experiences of flooding in Fassifern will help us to identify how floods happen and evaluate possible management options for the catchment.

    Share your photos and take part in our online survey to help us better plan and manage local floods.

    We invite local residents to a community information session on Wednesday 30 November from 6pm. Find out more and RSVP here.

    Provide input into Richmond Vale Rail Trail

    Works to design a concept plan for the Richmond Vale Rail Trail are underway, and you are invited to provide feedback on the proposal.

    We are working with Newcastle and Cessnock City councils on the proposed 32 kilometre trail along the former Richmond Vale rail line between Kurri Kurri and Hexham, along the former Chichester to Newcastle water pipeline between Shortland and Tarro, and through the Hunter Wetlands National Park. Find out more and have your say online.

    How do you rate wellbeing, resilience and liveability in Lake Macquarie?

    Take part in one of Australia’s largest surveys looking at the wellbeing of regional communities, including Lake Macquarie City.

    Complete the survey online before 30 November 2016. If you would prefer a paper version, call 1800 981 499 or email regionalwellbeing@canberra.edu.au.

    All the best,
    From the Have Your Say Lake Mac team
  • Plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park

    about 1 month ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council would like to hear the community’s thoughts on plans for a new park at Charlestown Lions Park.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said the Plan will help to transform Charlestown Lions Park into a popular park for local residents.

    “We’ve developed a concept design for the park that we believe will provide for the growing population in Charlestown and meet the recreational needs of this community,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “We’re asking for the community to review the proposed plan and let us know what features they like, don’t like or would like to see as... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council would like to hear the community’s thoughts on plans for a new park at Charlestown Lions Park.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said the Plan will help to transform Charlestown Lions Park into a popular park for local residents.

    “We’ve developed a concept design for the park that we believe will provide for the growing population in Charlestown and meet the recreational needs of this community,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “We’re asking for the community to review the proposed plan and let us know what features they like, don’t like or would like to see as part of the upgrade.”

    The concept design for the park includes relocating the war memorial and retaining the sister city garden, and the installation of new linking paths, car parking, toilet block, playground, fenced multi-courts, table tennis and landscaping.

    To view the draft master plan for Charlestown Lions Park and provide your feedback, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/lions-park by Friday 16 December.

  • Residents to provide input on LT Creek Flood Study

    about 1 month ago
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    Council is encouraging local residents to have their say on the LT Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said community consultation is an important feature of the study, which will help to identify community concerns and provide an opportunity to share previous flooding experiences.

    “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 study and plan during the public exhibition period,” Mr Chapman said.

    “We are particularly interested in receiving flood marks,... Continue reading

    Council is encouraging local residents to have their say on the LT Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said community consultation is an important feature of the study, which will help to identify community concerns and provide an opportunity to share previous flooding experiences.

    “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 study and plan during the public exhibition period,” Mr Chapman said.

    “We are particularly interested in receiving flood marks, photographs and records of damages from previous flood events from local residents to help formulate the final plan.”

    To help Council gather data in relation to flood history in the study area, residents in the flood study area are encourage to visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/LT-creek-flood-planning to complete an online survey and share their flooding story before Friday 19 November.

    The Study is aimed at meeting the objectives of the NSW State Government Flood Prone Land Policy and is funded by Council and the State Government’s Flood Risk Management Program.

    LT Creek Flood Study community information session

    Council invites the LT Creek community to attend an information session to discuss the potential impacts and management options for existing and future flooding in the catchment area.

    When: Wednesday 30 November, from 6–9pm

    Where: Charlton Christian College, 43 Fassifern Rd Fassifern

    RSVP online, by phone to 4921 0333 or email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

  • Map your walk

    about 1 month ago
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    Walk to Work Day, Friday 7 October, is an opportunity for Lake Mac residents to develop healthy habits, start walking regularly and tell us where they walk.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said one way for Council to plan for a better walking environment is to identify improved connections to places that people want to visit.

    “We’re asking the community to provide us with information on where they currently walk and where they would like to walk, to get an understanding of missing connections within the City,” Ms Pope said.

    “Planning our local areas so we can walk more... Continue reading

    Walk to Work Day, Friday 7 October, is an opportunity for Lake Mac residents to develop healthy habits, start walking regularly and tell us where they walk.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said one way for Council to plan for a better walking environment is to identify improved connections to places that people want to visit.

    “We’re asking the community to provide us with information on where they currently walk and where they would like to walk, to get an understanding of missing connections within the City,” Ms Pope said.

    “Planning our local areas so we can walk more is an important step in Council encouraging a healthier lifestyle for residents. It also helps reduce trips by car, which is better for traffic congestion, the environment and us.”

    The feedback provided will helpusidentify and prioritise connections, so that we can plan linkages in the best place for the most people.

    To map your walk, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/lake-mac-walks.

  • Listen to the Future Forum series

    2 months ago
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    Thank you to everyone who took part in the Lake Macquarie Future Forum series in September. We hope you found it worthwhile, we certainly did.

    In case you missed it, we recorded our speakers and uploaded their presentation on the Lake Mac City Youtube page.
    • Hunter Research Foundation CEO, Dr Brent Jenkins, discusses the current and future state of the Lake Macquarie economy - listen here
    • Thought Leader for Future Industries at the Tom Farrell Institute, Dr Gary Ellem, discusses the future of the environment in Lake Macquarie - listen here
    Thank you to everyone who took part in the Lake Macquarie Future Forum series in September. We hope you found it worthwhile, we certainly did.

    In case you missed it, we recorded our speakers and uploaded their presentation on the Lake Mac City Youtube page.
    • Hunter Research Foundation CEO, Dr Brent Jenkins, discusses the current and future state of the Lake Macquarie economy - listen here
    • Thought Leader for Future Industries at the Tom Farrell Institute, Dr Gary Ellem, discusses the future of the environment in Lake Macquarie - listen here
    • CEO and Creative Director at Ideation at Work, Christina Gerekiteys, discusses the future of our society and wellbeing - listen here
    • Workplace Futurist and Company Culture Architect, Heidi Pollard, discusses the future of Lake Macquarie - listen here

    What happens now?

    The next step is to bring together a group of community-minded people to help make sense of the thousands of great ideas we've received online, at our pop-ups and at the Future Forums. This group will co-author a new City vision and values, which will guide Council's long term plans.

    Over 50 people put up their hand for the Community Reference Group. A group of 20 people will be selected to reflect a cross section of the Lake Macquarie community (based on age, gender, where you live), and they will get underway in October.

    Stay up to date with the Shape Your Future project here

  • The latest on the grapevine

    3 months ago
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    Spring has sprung!

    The bees are buzzing and so are we with new projects on the go and plenty of conversations with residents and businesses across the City as part of the Shape Your Future project.

    Take part in our Future Forums series - it's free!

    The eight-part series kicked off on Tuesday night with Hunter Research Foundation CEO, Dr Brent Jenkins, sharing his insights on the future of the Lake Macquarie economy. Listen to his talk here.

    The next forum is on tonight, Thursday 8 September, at Blacksmiths Surf Life Saving Club, with Dr Gary Ellem, Thought Leader for... Continue reading

    Spring has sprung!

    The bees are buzzing and so are we with new projects on the go and plenty of conversations with residents and businesses across the City as part of the Shape Your Future project.

    Take part in our Future Forums series - it's free!

    The eight-part series kicked off on Tuesday night with Hunter Research Foundation CEO, Dr Brent Jenkins, sharing his insights on the future of the Lake Macquarie economy. Listen to his talk here.

    The next forum is on tonight, Thursday 8 September, at Blacksmiths Surf Life Saving Club, with Dr Gary Ellem, Thought Leader for Future Industries at the Tom Farrell Institute. He'll explore the future of Lake Macquarie’s natural environment, and a group workshop will follow.

    The Future Forum series is happening across the City throughout September. RSVP today, seats are limited. More

    Disability Inclusion Action Plan - creating a more inclusive Lake Mac

    We can all play a part in making it easier for people with disability to live, work and play in our City. To make that a reality, we're developing a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021 that will guide our planning and the actions we take now and in the future.

    Do you have a disability? Are you a carer or service provider? Are you passionate about breaking down barriers? Help us create this important action plan via our survey or ideas wall. More

    Draft Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan - for community review

    The draft Plan outlines the issues or concern to the community caused by the presence of a flying-fox camp at Blackalls Park, our response, and measures that will be taken to manage the land and reduce conflict with the local community.

    It has been prepared in consultation with OEH, as well as the Blackalls Park community. We invite your feedback on the draft plan by Friday 30 September. More

    Fun factoid....If we lined up every car in the city, the line would stretch from Warners Bay to Brisbane!