Cooling Lake Mac

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This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. The project team are currently reviewing all feedback and will report back soon.

Have your say on the strategies that will guide Council and the community to take local, practical and coordinated actions on urban heat and green infrastructure, to make Lake Macquarie a cooler, liveable and more resilient place to live.

The draft strategies and policy on public exhibition for feedback are:

Exhibition closes 26 April 2022.

How to make a submission

  • After reviewing the draft documents, you can provide feedback by commenting in the online form below. You can also upload a submission via this tool.
  • Alternatively, you may send your submission by email or mail. Refer to the FAQs on this website for contact details.


This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. The project team are currently reviewing all feedback and will report back soon.

Have your say on the strategies that will guide Council and the community to take local, practical and coordinated actions on urban heat and green infrastructure, to make Lake Macquarie a cooler, liveable and more resilient place to live.

The draft strategies and policy on public exhibition for feedback are:

Exhibition closes 26 April 2022.

How to make a submission

  • After reviewing the draft documents, you can provide feedback by commenting in the online form below. You can also upload a submission via this tool.
  • Alternatively, you may send your submission by email or mail. Refer to the FAQs on this website for contact details.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Have a question about this project? 

Post it below and a member of the Project Team will respond to you as soon as possible.

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    You may not have thought of trees and understory within the broader ambit of environmental education and nature-based experiences - but, it would be great to bring these aspects into some of the ongoing planting in Lake Mac. I moved to Valentine in July 2020 and I would love to see in valentine a copse of trees and understory that invites nature-based experiences for children. To enhance our environment with more trees and understory and at the same time help educate people on the benefits of ecosystems and diversity of habitats and all the unique things that are important for us to take in about environment. I thought Allambee Park would be an ideal location or on the land between the two sides of Allambee Place. As an environmental educator and retired teacher I think things like this with creative, explanatory markers would be brilliant for us here in Valentine and other areas in Lake Mac council area. I had been living up near Murwillumbah and Tweed Council did a great job with work and planting in Knox Park that embraced nature-based learning.

    Gayle Russell asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback

    Nature-based learning in urban areas is a great idea and is currently under consideration as an issue for further exploration as a part of the Strategy. Your suggestion of a potential location has been passed on to the Project Team for further review.

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    I have struggled to find a process for applying for street trees on Council's website. Is there a process? Can you please put this information in an easy to find location on Council's website.

    Outdoorsy asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The project team have advised you can ring council on 4921 0333 and request a street tree. The Customer Service Centre will lodge a ticket and arrange a staff member to inspect and assess the site. If the location is deemed suitable, consent will be given for the applicant to plant a tree in that location.

    Upgrades to the website is planned for later in the year to allow people to submit street tree requests online.

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    Do the parks department now have a budget to replace dead trees in parks. In the past it took me 2yrs to get one tree replaced as there was no money for trees . Very very sad.

    annetteryan2 asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your interest in the project.

    Unfortunately, there is currently no specific provision in council’s budget to have dead trees replaced in parks. That’s why we are developing this Strategy, so issues like this can be addressed in the future. If you’d like to speak to someone in more detail about this, please contact project lead, Peter Nichols.

    We also encourage you to take our survey and social pinpoint map if you haven’t already.

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    Why is Warner’s Bay Carpark devoid of trees. No shade in summer. Barren landscape.

    annetteryan2 asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your message

    Carparks like this lack shade trees is because in general, there has been no previous focus on trees or tree canopy in urban areas. Maximising the number of carparks and traffic flow have been the main factors under consideration during design and construction. The end result is few trees in carparks.

    The Strategy will look at outlining positive targets for greening, including incentives for building new (or potentially retrofitting) carparks on public and private land. If you have any further questions, please let us know.

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