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.

  • The latest on the grapevine

    23 days 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!

  • Have your say on the draft management plan for flying-foxes at Blackalls Park

    25 days ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the local community on a draft plan to manage a flying-fox camp at Blackalls Park.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said the draft Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan outlines issues and concerns raised by the community and measures Council will take to reduce impacts on residents caused by the camp.

    “Over the past few years, grey-headed flying foxes have established a camp at Fennell Crescent, Blackalls Park, and the local community’s lifestyle and the amenity of the area has been impacted,” Mr Chapman said.

    “Flying-foxes are a native species and... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the local community on a draft plan to manage a flying-fox camp at Blackalls Park.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said the draft Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan outlines issues and concerns raised by the community and measures Council will take to reduce impacts on residents caused by the camp.

    “Over the past few years, grey-headed flying foxes have established a camp at Fennell Crescent, Blackalls Park, and the local community’s lifestyle and the amenity of the area has been impacted,” Mr Chapman said.

    “Flying-foxes are a native species and are protected under NSW and Commonwealth threatened species legislation. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has primary responsibility for regulating the management of flying foxes in NSW, and provides guidelines for conservation and management of flying foxes and their camps.

    “Council has been working closely with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the local community to develop the draft Plan, which provides a framework for managing the flying-fox camp at this location.

    “We are now asking the community to review and submit their feedback on the draft Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan.”

    To view the plan and provide feedback, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/flying-fox-camp-management-plan.

    Submissions close 5pm, Friday 30 September.
  • New tactile bank notes let blind people get a feel for money

    26 days ago
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    The new Australian $5 note features a small bump on both of the long sides to assist blind and partially sighted people. For many, this is one of the most significant changes in their lifetime, allowing them to fully participate in society without relying on others.

    'The tactile feature will directly benefit about 360,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision' (SMH, 31 August 2016)

    Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article

    How can Council help make it easier for people with disability to live, work and play in Lake... Continue reading

    The new Australian $5 note features a small bump on both of the long sides to assist blind and partially sighted people. For many, this is one of the most significant changes in their lifetime, allowing them to fully participate in society without relying on others.

    'The tactile feature will directly benefit about 360,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision' (SMH, 31 August 2016)

    Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article

    How can Council help make it easier for people with disability to live, work and play in Lake Macquarie? Here's your chance to turn ideas into action as we develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

    Visit our project page to find out how you can get involved.

  • Draft Area Plan for Buttaba Hills South Estate

    about 1 month ago
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    The Buttaba Hills South Estate is 34ha of forested land on the western slopes of Lake Macquarie, with high biodiversity values and a desirable residential environment. The planning challenge for the estate is to balance biodiversity conservation with the demand for new housing in a bushland setting.

    Council has prepared the draft Area Plan for the site with input from the Buttaba Hills South Action Committee, agencies responsible for bushfire, water resources, Aboriginal land management and infrastructure, and following several flora and fauna studies. It provides three options for landowners regarding the future land use and development within the estate.... Continue reading

    The Buttaba Hills South Estate is 34ha of forested land on the western slopes of Lake Macquarie, with high biodiversity values and a desirable residential environment. The planning challenge for the estate is to balance biodiversity conservation with the demand for new housing in a bushland setting.

    Council has prepared the draft Area Plan for the site with input from the Buttaba Hills South Action Committee, agencies responsible for bushfire, water resources, Aboriginal land management and infrastructure, and following several flora and fauna studies. It provides three options for landowners regarding the future land use and development within the estate.

    On Saturday 10 September the project team will hold a Buttaba Hills South Estate landowner meeting to discuss the draft Area Plan on public exhibition. This is a good opportunity for landowners to find out more about the planning and development considerations for the estate and the options presented in the draft plan. The team will be available to answer questions and assist in making a submission.

    To find out more about the draft Area Plan, head to www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/buttaba-hills-south


  • Help us develop a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan

    about 1 month 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

    about 1 month 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    3 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

    4 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.