Will Awaba House be rebuilt as it was?

    We’re proposing to retain and restore the historically significant external form and features of the building, with changes to the internal layout for a modern restaurant and function space. The plans also include a small kiosk and a new terrace to the east of the building providing sheltered outdoor seating, where diners will be able to soak up the stunning lakeside vistas.

    How did Council come to reach this concept for the site?

    This preferred concept design was developed based on community consultation undertaken in 2020, as well as an assessment against Council’s Sustainability Policy criteria.

    How is the community being consulted during this process?

    Ensuring our community and key stakeholders are consulted in the decision-making process is our top priority.

    Since the start of this year, we have sought feedback from the community on the future of Awaba House, including their ideas for how the building should be used and design options.

    What is the process from here?

    A report based on the concept design and community feedback received will go to the elected Council for consideration in October 2020. If endorsed, Council will begin the detailed design process.  

    When is construction expected to start?

    Pending approvals, we anticipate construction will start in late 2022 or early 2023.

    What is the Sustainability Policy?

    The Sustainability Policy, adopted by Council in August 2019, describes four pillars of sustainability to ensure that decision-making considers the needs of current and future generations of Lake Macquarie City.

    What are the four pillars of the Sustainability Policy?

    The four pillars of the Sustainability Policy are Economic Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Social Sustainability and Sustainable Governance.

    • Economic sustainability – build prosperity, cost-effective delivery of works and services, appropriate maintenance and renewal of Council’s asset base.
    • Environmental sustainability – use resources wisely, enhance the quality of our natural landscapes, seek to achieve positive outcomes for our local environment, make an equitable contribution to improving environments.
    • Social sustainability – an inclusive, resilient and connected community that embraces innovation and creativity, and values our heritage, inclusive community engagement.
    • Sustainable governance – demonstrate transparency, fairness, ethical practices and accountability, encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships.

    How did the fire start at Awaba House?

    Fire and Rescue NSW attended Awaba House on Tuesday 20 August. Following thorough investigations, Fire and Rescue NSW believe the fire may have started in the roof cavity of the building; however, advised the cause of the fire was ‘undetermined’ due to the scale of damage to the roof of the building. There were no suspicious circumstances.