Rathmines Park

    Rathmines Park

    Rathmines Park is an area with significant local and national historical value, recognised by its inclusion on the NSW State Heritage Register. The Rathmines RAAF seaplane base played a pivotal role in the defence of Australia in World War II. It was the largest seaplane base in the Southern Hemisphere and was the longest serving during the war effort.

    Due to its history and probably because of it, Rathmines Park remains a unique site of public space on the lake foreshore. It is valued for not only its heritage, but also its community and recreational features and experiences.


    What is a Master Plan?

    A Master Plan is a long-term high-level plan intended to provide guidance for Council and the community on how to manage development and change over time.


    What is a Plan of Management

    The Local Government Act (1993) requires Councils to prepare Plans of Management (POM) for all land classified as community land. All public land is required to be classified as either 'community land' or 'operational land'. The Local Government Act allows for one or more areas of community land to be covered by a single POM. Some parcels such as Rathmines are covered by a specific POM due to its significance.


    How to view the draft Plans and provide feedback

    • Online – complete the survey or upload a written submission at Shape Lake Mac
    • Email - council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au and in subject line Rathmines Park Master Plan
    • In writing - to Community Land Planner (Projects) / Rathmines Park Master Plan Box 1906 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310

    Ways to View the plan

    • Online - Shape Lake Mac
    • Council's Customer Service Centre - appointments required
    • Toronto Library - please see latest advice regarding accessing Council’s libraries