Celebrating the City’s first Local Adaptation Plan

The communities of Marks Point and Belmont South came together with Councillors Barney Langford, Jason Pauling and Laurie Coughlan, and Council staff to celebrate the successful adoption of Lake Macquarie’s first Local Adaptation Plan.

The plan to minimise flood risks now and in the future was prepared with a great deal of community involvement.

Council’s Senior Sustainability Officer, Greg Giles, said it was great to see everyone who contributed to preparing this ground-breaking Plan, come together and celebrate all their efforts and achievements.

“We have come a long way since first starting this project back in 2013 and it is important to acknowledge all the hard work of everyone involved, especially the community volunteers,” Mr Giles said.

“Together we have been able to identify a long-term plan and short-term actions that will allow people to continue to live and build in these areas, as sea and lake levels continue to rise.”

Fittingly, Greg baked a special sea level rise cake for the occasion.

A workshop was held prior to the celebrations kicking off to highlight some of the actions already underway.

“We hope that the community will continue to be involved in this project by working with Council to implement the actions identified in the Plan,” Mr Giles said.

With the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan now underway, Council is working with the communities of Pelican and Blacksmiths, to develop a Local Adaptation Plan to address their future flood and coastal risks.

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