Our fit future

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Consultation has concluded

The Government has announced its intention for Lake Macquarie City Council to remain a stand-alone organisation.

The decision comes after a lengthy government decision-making process, which included numerous Government assessments of Council’s ability to operate efficiently as an individual organisation.

Council has stated in numerous submissions throughout the Fit for the Future process, it is providing good-quality daily services to its 202,000 residents, and has the strategies in place to continue to be a sustainable and efficient Council.

Council is pleased the NSW Government’s proposal is reflective of residents’ wishes, which were consistently supportive of Lake Macquarie standing alone.

The Government has announced its intention for Lake Macquarie City Council to remain a stand-alone organisation.

The decision comes after a lengthy government decision-making process, which included numerous Government assessments of Council’s ability to operate efficiently as an individual organisation.

Council has stated in numerous submissions throughout the Fit for the Future process, it is providing good-quality daily services to its 202,000 residents, and has the strategies in place to continue to be a sustainable and efficient Council.

Council is pleased the NSW Government’s proposal is reflective of residents’ wishes, which were consistently supportive of Lake Macquarie standing alone.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.


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    What can residents do, to endeavour keeping our Council and City as is? I am mindful that 18th November has passed...

    westlakewrens asked almost 5 years ago

    Thank you for your support.  Yes, the Council's deadline to reply to the State Government was the 18th but you can still write to you local State members outlining your concerns.

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    what would the benefit from combining with Newcastle? to me it would seem the most of our rates would end up on the bathers way .

    rex asked almost 5 years ago

    Thank you for your question. Rates would need to be reviewed following any amalgamation process to ensure charges are consistent and equitable across a newly formed local government area.


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    I strongly oppose any amalgamation with NCC and as a resident of Bonnells Bay in South West Lake Macquarie I am alarmed as I know that IPART recommended that the Morisset area of lake Macquarie be taken from LMCC and given in to Wyong council. Morisset and surrounds are part of Lake Macquarie both historically and geographically is there any thing council can do to stop this forced territory exchange/boundary change of southern lake Macquarie by Wyong Council?

    markD asked almost 5 years ago

    As you may have read, the regional solution model has now been proposed and is supported by Lake Macquarie council. This plan involves merging five current council areas into three comparable ‘super councils’.

    These merged council areas would include Gosford / south Wyong, Lake Macquarie / north Wyong and Newcastle / Port Stephens.

    The model creates council areas with comparable demographic, environmental and service-delivery requirements.


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    Why do we need to amalgamate with Newcastle City Council when we could join with Wyong Council instead? Newcastle Council appears to have too many internal problems, both administrative and financial. Failing that, as we have demonstrated that we are fit to stand alone, why not allow that to happen? Jackie Bartley

    jackbart asked almost 5 years ago

    As you may have read, the regional solution model has now been proposed and is supported by Lake Macquarie council. This plan involves merging five current council areas into three comparable ‘super councils’.

    These merged council areas would include Gosford / south Wyong, Lake Macquarie / north Wyong and Newcastle / Port Stephens.

    The model creates council areas with comparable demographic, environmental and service-delivery requirements.


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    My local council representatives are "Fit for the Future"!. Our LMCC Councillor's do a wonderful job in representing our local area. Who in the State Government wants to halve my democratic representation at the local government level ? Why isn't my level of access to a local Councillor not considered ( or measured) by IPART ? Essential Australian grass roots democracy is and has always been about our local government Councillor living in our street. The State government has no right or mandate to deny our local democracy.

    Kevin Thompson asked almost 5 years ago

    Thank you for your comments and support.

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    Due to the very strong LMCity communities resentment to this ludicrous forced merger, "If the states rate payers are trusted to have a say as to who governs us (Mr Baird) why, don't you show some real leadership by trusting those same people to have a say. After all, its their local government, have you heard about democracy".

    jerra10 asked almost 5 years ago

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    Why is council yet again wasting ratepayers money trying to defend the indefensible. The only people who appear concerned about this whole process are those with a vested interest and either work for council or know somebody who does. Clearly the south lakes are is a better fit with the central coast and not the city of Newcastle to which the Charlestown Toronto and all parts north clearly belong to.

    Neil58 asked almost 5 years ago

    As you may have read, the regional solution model has now been proposed and is supported by Lake Macquarie council. This plan involves merging five current council areas into three comparable ‘super councils’.

    These merged council areas would include Gosford / south Wyong, Lake Macquarie / north Wyong and Newcastle / Port Stephens.

    The model creates council areas with comparable demographic, environmental and service-delivery requirements.


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    If Lake Macquarie LGA extends into Wyong Shire, why don't the northern suburbs of Lake Mac go to Newcastle Council? Suburbs such as Charlestown, Cardiff and Glendale associate themselves with being in 'Newcastle' than they do 'Lake Macquarie'. I don't think it's fair that a person elected to council from Cardiff will have to make decisions regarding Wyong, yet not be able to make decisions regarding Elermore Vale or New Lambton Heights. If These suburbs are included in a council which includes Wyong, decisions are not going to be made in the best interests of local residents.

    ds175 asked almost 5 years ago

    As you may have read, the regional solution model has now been proposed and is supported by Lake Macquarie council. This plan involves merging five current council areas into three comparable ‘super councils’.

    These merged council areas would include Gosford / south Wyong, Lake Macquarie / north Wyong and Newcastle / Port Stephens.

    The model creates council areas with comparable demographic, environmental and service-delivery requirements.


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    I am concerned environmentally and social economically of the effects of amalgmating councils. The Lake Macquarie Catchment and the Hunter River Catchments are too large independent ecosystems. For one council to manage these two would seem to be a decline in resources and ecosystem health. Considering the population is rising for both areas as well this will be a decrease in resources for each citizen in each area as well. Like larger classroom sizes with the same one teacher trying to handle double the kids. Also does amalgamation mean the stronger council becomes the controlling council for both areas? If socioeconomic and environmental issues can not be adequately addressed then this is nothing more then political manipulation in an attempt to affect voting and members elected - and if that is the case I know who I will not be voting for.

    Anitamb asked almost 5 years ago

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    This is not a question rather a statement. I choose to live in Lake Macquarie because of the council and it's effectiveness. I do not want to be joined with Newcastle council, the council has been proven to be ineffective and unrealiable not to mention under suspicion with corruption ICAC. They are continually in the news for the wrong reason.Finally If Lake Macquarie is bullied into joining with Newcastle our rates will rise and that is only better for the government. Please stop wasting my tax payers money on those frivolous adds, if you gave that money you are wasting on to the councils we would not have to amalgmate. A very annoyed resident

    GRACE asked almost 5 years ago

    Thank you for your comments and support.