Revitalising Awaba House

Awaba House on the shores of Booragul was a much-loved local venue for a coffee or a meal in a wonderful lakeside setting. In August 2019, the popular venue was damaged by fire.

We’re planning for the future of Awaba House and we need your help. We are working with our community to develop design options for the future of this popular facility. It is important we get this right because this local-heritage venue has an intrinsic connection with our community.

Earlier this year, we asked you to share your memories and ideas to inform the future of the site.

Now, we are asking for your feedback on proposed uses and options for the site to help shape the proposal. Your feedback will support us in creating a building that captures the heritage elements of Awaba House while providing a modern and revitalised facility for the community.

In addition to feedback from the community, we will be looking at proposed options for the site through the lens of our Sustainability Policy. The Sustainability Policy describes four pillars of sustainability to ensure that decision-making considers the needs of current and future generations of Lake Macquarie City. Find out more about the four pillars of the Sustainability Policy . Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the project.

Complete the survey below, Monday 20 April, to provide your feedback on the proposed uses and options for Awaba House.

Awaba House on the shores of Booragul was a much-loved local venue for a coffee or a meal in a wonderful lakeside setting. In August 2019, the popular venue was damaged by fire.

We’re planning for the future of Awaba House and we need your help. We are working with our community to develop design options for the future of this popular facility. It is important we get this right because this local-heritage venue has an intrinsic connection with our community.

Earlier this year, we asked you to share your memories and ideas to inform the future of the site.

Now, we are asking for your feedback on proposed uses and options for the site to help shape the proposal. Your feedback will support us in creating a building that captures the heritage elements of Awaba House while providing a modern and revitalised facility for the community.

In addition to feedback from the community, we will be looking at proposed options for the site through the lens of our Sustainability Policy. The Sustainability Policy describes four pillars of sustainability to ensure that decision-making considers the needs of current and future generations of Lake Macquarie City. Find out more about the four pillars of the Sustainability Policy . Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the project.

Complete the survey below, Monday 20 April, to provide your feedback on the proposed uses and options for Awaba House.

  • Have your say on future plans for Awaba House

    25 days ago

    A cafe, artist in residence and intimate function space are among the proposed future uses for a revitalised Awaba House on the Lake Macquarie waterfront at Booragul.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community feedback to help guide the future of the historic building, which was severely damaged by fire last August.

    Council’s Manager Property and Business Development David Antcliff said the Awaba House Revitalisation Community Reference Group (CRG) and Council had been working to develop several options for the site.

    “Awaba House has an intrinsic connection with the Lake Macquarie community so it’s important we get this right,” Mr...

    A cafe, artist in residence and intimate function space are among the proposed future uses for a revitalised Awaba House on the Lake Macquarie waterfront at Booragul.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community feedback to help guide the future of the historic building, which was severely damaged by fire last August.

    Council’s Manager Property and Business Development David Antcliff said the Awaba House Revitalisation Community Reference Group (CRG) and Council had been working to develop several options for the site.

    “Awaba House has an intrinsic connection with the Lake Macquarie community so it’s important we get this right,” Mr Antcliff said.

    “The CRG has agreed on a number of proposed uses and options for Awaba House that warrant further investigation, and we are ready to hear from the wider community what they think. This will help shed light on whether we’re on the right track.”

    The Community Reference Group, Council officers and planning experts will also be looking at the site’s future through the lens of Council’s Sustainability Policy.

    “We want to ensure that any decision we make for the site considers the needs of current and future generations of Lake Macquarie City,” Mr Antcliff said.

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser encouraged the community to get involved and share their views.

    “Awaba House was a much-loved local venue for people to enjoy a coffee or a meal in a wonderful lakeside setting,” Cr Fraser said.

    “This venue holds a special place in the hearts of many people in our community celebrating weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions.”

    “I strongly encourage anyone in our community with an interest in Awaba House to complete the online survey.”

    Visit shape.lakemac.com.au/revitalising-awaba-house to complete the survey.

    About Awaba House

    The site of Awaba House forms part of land at Teralba originally granted to Captain James Ranclaud. The current building is known as the third Awaba House and was built in 1927. The first was burned down during 1886. In 1887, a new house was erected on the site, but was demolished in 1927 to make way for an even grander residence. Lake Macquarie City Council acquired the property in November 1995 from the Hunter Area Health Service, as a temporary home for the City's art gallery. The gallery originally occupied Awaba House on this site from 1996 to 2000 when a decision was made to construct the new state-of-the-art facility. More recently, Awaba House has been operating as a café and restaurant.

    Read more about the history of Awaba House.


  • Share your memories of historic Awaba House to inform future options

    2 months ago

    A Community Reference Group including professionals in architecture, design and hospitality will help Awaba House rise from the ashes as part of a Lake Macquarie City Council project to restore the historic site.

    The group’s eight members met for the first time this week to discuss the building’s future following a fire which tore through the property last August.

    Council’s Manager Property and Business Development David Antcliff said input from the wider community would also play a vital role in determining the path ahead.

    “Everyone in the local community is encouraged to share their experiences and memories of...

    A Community Reference Group including professionals in architecture, design and hospitality will help Awaba House rise from the ashes as part of a Lake Macquarie City Council project to restore the historic site.

    The group’s eight members met for the first time this week to discuss the building’s future following a fire which tore through the property last August.

    Council’s Manager Property and Business Development David Antcliff said input from the wider community would also play a vital role in determining the path ahead.

    “Everyone in the local community is encouraged to share their experiences and memories of Awaba House,” Mr Antcliff said.

    “As part of the first phase of consultation, we want to hear what people would like to see the site used for in the future.”

    “Along with the work being done by the Community Reference Group and relevant planning and heritage experts, the community’s feedback, ideas and stories will inform the development of draft options for the area.”

    Mr Antcliff urged the community to visit shape.lakemac.com.au/revitalising-awaba-house by 29 February 2020 to share their stories and ideas.

    “There will be further opportunities in coming months for the community to provide feedback on options as they are developed,” Mr Antcliff said.

  • Be part of the revitalisation of Awaba House

    5 months ago

    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling for expressions of interest from the community to join the Awaba House Revitalisation Community Reference Group to share ideas and consider options for the future of Awaba House.

    Council’s Manager Property and Business Development David Antcliff said this is an exciting opportunity to be instrumental in the future of Awaba House.

    “We are seeking community representatives with skills and experience in relevant areas such as design, construction, hospitality or tourism, and willingness to contribute ideas and explore future opportunities for this site,” Mr Antcliff said.

    “Community input into the ...

    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling for expressions of interest from the community to join the Awaba House Revitalisation Community Reference Group to share ideas and consider options for the future of Awaba House.

    Council’s Manager Property and Business Development David Antcliff said this is an exciting opportunity to be instrumental in the future of Awaba House.

    “We are seeking community representatives with skills and experience in relevant areas such as design, construction, hospitality or tourism, and willingness to contribute ideas and explore future opportunities for this site,” Mr Antcliff said.

    “Community input into the way forward for the site is crucial in determining the best outcomes for the City. Being part of the Reference Group is a great opportunity to have input into a landmark plan that will pave the way for our community and visitors into the future.”

    The Reference Group will comprise of a community chairperson, eight community members, including at least one member of the Lake Macquarie Aboriginal community, and Council staff.

    To register your interest, visit better.lakemac.com.au to download an information package. Registrations close 5pm, Friday 6 December 2019.

    Awaba House, located at Booragul, was affected by fire on Tuesday 20 August 2019.