Why does Lake Macquarie need a Sports Strategy?

    Council owns and manages an extensive network of sporting facilities catering for high level sports to grass roots community participation . This includes over 80 field-based facilities with 115 sportsgrounds, 20 tennis facilities, 18 netball facilities (including 3 competition venues and 112 courts), 3 Equestrian facilities and one BMX facility used by over 130 clubs . 

    The sports Strategy will follow on from the Sports Facility Strategy 2015-2019 but will review sports more broadly and consider the provision, maintenance, management and access to Council facilities. Along with identifying opportunities to promote sports participation and sports tourism within Lake Macquarie.  

    What Sports will be considered in the Sports Strategy?

    The Lake Macquarie City Council Sports Strategy 2020-2030 will include but not limited to; archery, basketball, netball, gymnastics, volleyball, futsal, badminton, equestrian, martial arts, roller derby, AFL, football (soccer), tennis, cricket, rugby , rugby league, touch football, athletics, hockey, lawn bowls, croquet, , softball, baseball and BMX racing.

    How can I provide feedback on the draft Sports Strategy?

    You can provide feedback on the draft Strategy by completing the online submission form, emailing council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or by sending a submission to Box 1906, Hunter Region.

    Who did Council consult with during the development of the draft Sports Strategy?

    During 2020 and early 2021, we undertook extensive consultation with the community, sporting clubs and other key stakeholders to assist in the development of the draft Strategy. You can read the community engagement report here.

    Does the Strategy include both indoor and outdoor and public and private sports facilities?

    Yes, the Strategy will include indoor and outdoor and public and private sports facilities within the Local Government Area, and consider how Council can support the sports that utilise these and possible future facilities.

    Will the Strategy allow for facility development?

    The Strategy will include a capital works program that will seek to identify, quantify and prioritise the projects required over a 10 year period to develop facilities and deliver initiatives to meet community sporting need.