Implementing Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan

Consultation has concluded


Lake Macquarie City Council is now working to implement the adopted Local Adaption Plan for Marks Point and Belmont South. The plan will allow people to live and build in these areas, as sea and lake levels continue to rise.

We are working alongside local residents, community and stakeholders to implement the local plan. Council recently passed changes to development controls, including building heights, filling and adaptable housing.

About the Plan

Constructing sloping sea walls to protect the foreshore, raising and improving the design of infrastructure such as drains and roads, constructing new buildings with floor levels above projected flood


Lake Macquarie City Council is now working to implement the adopted Local Adaption Plan for Marks Point and Belmont South. The plan will allow people to live and build in these areas, as sea and lake levels continue to rise.

We are working alongside local residents, community and stakeholders to implement the local plan. Council recently passed changes to development controls, including building heights, filling and adaptable housing.

About the Plan

Constructing sloping sea walls to protect the foreshore, raising and improving the design of infrastructure such as drains and roads, constructing new buildings with floor levels above projected flood levels and raising homes if required form the main actions in the plan.

The plan also recognises that retreat is not warranted in Marks Point and Belmont South and the adaptive approach outlined in the plan means that we plan for the worst and only act when necessary.

While the actions proposed in the plan will be spread over many years, up to the end of the Century, a more detailed 10-year action plan sets out specific tasks to apply new design standards to new buildings and infrastructure, review planning and development controls, and coordinate land filling with the raising of drains and roads.











  • Council adopted the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan on Monday 14 March 2016. Given the community was heavily involved in preparing the Plan, we are seeking your feedback on how you might like to stay involved as the Plan is implemented over time.

    Council adopted the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan on Monday 14 March 2016. Given the community was heavily involved in preparing the Plan, we are seeking your feedback on how you might like to stay involved as the Plan is implemented over time.

    Consultation has concluded
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The adaptive approach outlined in the draft Plan means that we plan for the worst but only act when necessary. In other words, actions to manage flooding and tidal inundation will be spread over many years, up to the end of the Century. These  actions are triggered and guided by changes in lake levels or when infrastructure and buildings are redeveloped.

    Six core management actions form the basis of an adaptation strategy to the end of the Century.

    A more detailed 10-year action plan sets out specific tasks to apply new design standards to new

    The adaptive approach outlined in the draft Plan means that we plan for the worst but only act when necessary. In other words, actions to manage flooding and tidal inundation will be spread over many years, up to the end of the Century. These  actions are triggered and guided by changes in lake levels or when infrastructure and buildings are redeveloped.

    Six core management actions form the basis of an adaptation strategy to the end of the Century.

    A more detailed 10-year action plan sets out specific tasks to apply new design standards to new buildings and infrastructure, review planning and development controls, and coordinate land filling with the raising of drains and roads. Pages 21-31 of the draft Plan provide more information on the timing of actions over the next ten years. 

    This survey lets you comment on any of the six core management actions or the draft Plan in its entirety.

    You can also make a general submission by emailing council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au (Subject: Local Adaptation Plan).

    Consultation has concluded
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Five core actions are proposed to protect Marks Point and Belmont South from flooding and tidal inundation and make them 'adapted communities'. They are explained in the fourth Planning for Future Flood Risks community newsletter which includes information on the timing of actions. 

    In all, there are 22 recommended adaptation actions and 17 that didn't make the cut.


    How were the adaptation actions chosen?

    In April 2014 residents formed a Community Working Group to collaborate with Council to assess all the possible actions suggested by the community to reduce the risk of current and future flooding and tidal inundation in

    Five core actions are proposed to protect Marks Point and Belmont South from flooding and tidal inundation and make them 'adapted communities'. They are explained in the fourth Planning for Future Flood Risks community newsletter which includes information on the timing of actions. 

    In all, there are 22 recommended adaptation actions and 17 that didn't make the cut.


    How were the adaptation actions chosen?

    In April 2014 residents formed a Community Working Group to collaborate with Council to assess all the possible actions suggested by the community to reduce the risk of current and future flooding and tidal inundation in Marks Point and Belmont South resulting from rising lake levels. Each of the 39 proposed actions were assessed using four simple “show-stopper” criteria:

    After 12 meetings, 22 actions were identified that met these criteria. Five actions form the basis of a strategy that will protect Marks Point and Belmont South from future flooding and rising lake levels. Together, all 22 actions will form the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan.

    Tell us what you think

    We'd like to hear what you think of the proposed adaptation actions. Talk to Council staff and members of the Community Working Group at one of our community drop-in sessions or submit your feedback online below.

    Your feedback will help us prepare the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan. There will be further opportunities to have your say when the Plan is publicly exhibited later this year. Local Adaptation Plans will be prepared for other areas over time.

    The proposed adaptation actions will help Council and the community:

    • manage the risks of current and future flooding and future tidal inundation as a result of rising lake levels;
    • provide certainty about future development in Marks Point and Belmont South; and
    • address issues of insurance affordability.
    Consultation has concluded
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to hear your feedback on the project objectives for managing lake flooding and sea level rise in Marks Point and Belmont South

    We want to hear your feedback on the project objectives for managing lake flooding and sea level rise in Marks Point and Belmont South

    Consultation has concluded
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to hear your suggestions for managing lake flooding and lake level rise in Marks Point and Belmont South.

    We want to hear your suggestions for managing lake flooding and lake level rise in Marks Point and Belmont South.

    Consultation has concluded
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Share your experiences, concerns, and suggestions about local drainage, lake flooding and future lake level rise in Marks Point and Belmont South.  Your information will be included on this website and will help create a Marks Point – Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan that works for all of us.

    Share your experiences, concerns, and suggestions about local drainage, lake flooding and future lake level rise in Marks Point and Belmont South.  Your information will be included on this website and will help create a Marks Point – Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan that works for all of us.

    Consultation has concluded
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to hear how you use the boat launching sites in Marks Point and Belmont South.

    We want to hear how you use the boat launching sites in Marks Point and Belmont South.

    Consultation has concluded