Why do we need an Aquatic Facilities Strategy?

    Lake Macquarie has a population of over 214,000 people, in a geographical area that includes beaches and a large lake. Lake Mac Swim Centres are a key facility in providing opportunities to learn to swim, squad training, lap swimming, aquatic programs/classes and recreational swimming.

    With a growing population, Council needs to plan strategically for the future provision of swim centres, to ensure they respond to the needs of the community, while also considering economic and environmental sustainability implications and best practice.

    What does the Aquatic Facilities Strategy cover?

    All council managed and/or owned Swim Centres.

    Where are Council’s swim centres?

    Council currently owns six swim centres located at Speers Point, Charlestown, Morisset, Swansea, West Wallsend and Toronto. Further information on the specific location and the facilities and opportunities provided at each centre can be found on Councils web page in the following link.

    Lake Mac Swim Centres - Lake Macquarie City Council

    What consultation has occurred to develop the draft strategy?

    The draft strategy has been developed through detailed analysis and engagement with the community and stakeholders. You can view the engagement report here.

Making a submission

    How do I make a submission?

    A formal submission must be sent via one of the following channels:

    • via the online form on this website
    • via email to [email protected]
    • via posted letter to ATT: Donna Mitchell, Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, Hunter Region Mail Centre, NSW 2310.

    I've made a submission - what happens next?

    Feedback may result in further changes being made to the draft strategy prior to a report being prepared for Council.

    You will be notified again, prior to Council considering the matter, which will include a link to the Council report containing a summary of submissions and how feedback was considered. It is expected the draft strategy will be reported back to Council seeking adoption towards the end of 2022.

    What should I put in a submission?

    Your submission can be as concise or as long as you wish:

    Ideally, you will express your level of support for the draft strategy and provide detailed and specific feedback. The feedback will be reviewed by staff and later presented to Council to make an informed decision.

    Should multiple submissions be received from a single resident regarding this exhibition, the feedback will be reviewed by staff and counted as one submission when reporting back to Council.

    We recommend that all residents include all relevant feedback in a single submission.