Children and Families Strategy

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With more than 55,000 families in Lake Mac and 31,000 children aged 0-11 years, we want to ensure our City is safe, fun and supportive to meet the needs of kids and families living in our vibrant City.

We want to hear from local families and kids about what is important to you, what you love about our community and what you would like to see more of to help us plan our actions and priorities for the next four years. Join our discussion boards below to share your ideas or complete a survey.

This strategy ensures the safety of children is considered and prioritised as we strive to create a child-safe City for our youngest citizens. Review our current strategy and recent achievements to see how Council is currently supporting families and children.


With more than 55,000 families in Lake Mac and 31,000 children aged 0-11 years, we want to ensure our City is safe, fun and supportive to meet the needs of kids and families living in our vibrant City.

We want to hear from local families and kids about what is important to you, what you love about our community and what you would like to see more of to help us plan our actions and priorities for the next four years. Join our discussion boards below to share your ideas or complete a survey.

This strategy ensures the safety of children is considered and prioritised as we strive to create a child-safe City for our youngest citizens. Review our current strategy and recent achievements to see how Council is currently supporting families and children.

  • Help make Lake Mac even better for kids and families

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    19 days ago

    Lake Mac is home to over 55,000 families, and 31,000 children aged under 12, and in order to support these growing families, Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community input to develop its 2021-2025 Children and Families Strategy.

    Community Planner Children and Families Jess Salvador said the strategy was an essential framework for considering and protecting the needs of our youngest residents.

    “We want to work collaboratively with the community, and most importantly with children, to ensure their voices are reflected in the strategy,” Ms Salvador said.

  • Achievements of the current Strategy

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    20 days ago

    As the Council's current Children and Families Strategy draws to a close and we embark on developing a new Strategy, it's important to take stock of the achievements made together with community and services over the last five years.

    We achieved a number of actions, many of which are still ongoing as they have brought about great results for the community and family services. These have included:

    1. Auditing and uploading an interactive map of all playgrounds and their features onto our website so families can find the playground that is best for them and their needs.
    2. Implementation of the You’re Kidding Me program which provides families with free access to talks and workshops with local experts to best support their child’s development in the early years
    3. Expansion of the You’re Kidding Me expo, now in it's eighth year, where families can access over 70 services, programs and resources and find out what supports are available to them in the local community.
    4. Advocating for quality standards and increase in funding for child care services in our local government area (LGA)
    5. Coordinating a regular Interagency and sector training specifically for child and family services to increase the interactions and connection between all services. This leads to better planning and support for families in our LGA
    6. Chairing the Lake Macquarie Domestic Violence Committee and supporting the implementation of a range of education and awareness programs in our City. This helps to provide a safe community for our children and families to grow and thrive.

    Review the current strategy, for more information on current actions underway.

    We look forward to seeing all of the new ideas and opportunities to improve supports for children and families, and working together to make them happen over the next for years. To share your ideas, join our discussion boards or complete a survey before Friday 14 August.

  • Important links for more information

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    20 days ago

    Council takes into consideration the latest Australian and NSW government information and frameworks for children's development and safety as part of the Children and Families Strategy.

    Below are a number of links you might find useful for more information and consideration during community consultation to help develop the Strategy.