About Shape Lake Mac

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We're committed to working with you to understand your views, concerns, aspirations and knowledge, to guide our decision-making process.

Our online community engagement hub, Shape Lake Mac provides you with the opportunity to offer genuine input into a broad range of projects, activities and decisions of Council. The hub also gives us an avenue to communicate decisions and activities.

Please read through the FAQs, recent Shape Lake Mac media releases and explore the projects we are currently seeking feedback on to help Shape Lake Mac. If you are not yet registered to Shape Lake Mac you can register here to keep updated.

We're committed to working with you to understand your views, concerns, aspirations and knowledge, to guide our decision-making process.

Our online community engagement hub, Shape Lake Mac provides you with the opportunity to offer genuine input into a broad range of projects, activities and decisions of Council. The hub also gives us an avenue to communicate decisions and activities.

Please read through the FAQs, recent Shape Lake Mac media releases and explore the projects we are currently seeking feedback on to help Shape Lake Mac. If you are not yet registered to Shape Lake Mac you can register here to keep updated.

  • Help make Lake Mac even better for kids and families

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    17 July, 2020
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    Lake Mac is home to over 55,000 families, and 31,000 children aged under 12, and in order to support these growing families, Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community input to develop its 2021-2025 Children and Families Strategy.

  • Design options roll in for three new skate parks in Lake Mac

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    27 May, 2020
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling on the community to choose their favourite design for three new skate parks in Windale, Morisset and Croudace Bay.

    Enlocus Landscape Architects have used information from the first phase of community consultation in 2018 to create six street-style skate park designs – two options for each location.

    Residents are now being asked to vote on which design they like best.

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser recognised the importance of a collaborative approach to the design.

    “We have a very passionate and avid skating community in Lake Macquarie, so it was important that we create something for the community by the community,” said Cr Fraser.

    “Together with Enlocus Landscape Architects we have created designs that responded to the community’s requests, so I’m excited to see how people vote.”

    Council’s Manager Asset Management Brendan Callander said the designs include features that will appeal to both skateboarders and BMX riders.

    “We received a lot of input from that community suggesting they wanted a street-style design over a traditional skate bowl,” Mr Callander said.

    “Council will invest more than $2 million into the three locations and the designs feature dynamic skating elements like, steep flat banks, wallrides and down rails, I’m confident that each of the skate parks will have something for everyone.”

    At Croudace Bay, the skate park is envisioned as part of a revamp for Thomas H Halton Park.

    Morisset’s project would adjoin a new playground and outdoor fitness area in Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park.

    In Windale, the Bahloo Reserve project is expected to double the size of the former skate park near the suburb’s PCYC.

    The consultation period will be open until Wednesday 10 June, with skate fans as well as local residents able to log in and view the options before completing a short survey where they can pick their preferred design.

    The survey can be completed and designs viewed online at: https://shape.lakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac.

  • Draft Operational Plan set to boost City’s post-COVID recovery

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    27 May, 2020
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    Almost $400 million will be spent in the next financial year under Lake Macquarie City Council’s draft Operational Plan, helping drive the City’s recovery beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Council voted tonight to approve public exhibition of the draft plan, which outlines 320 actions and $105 million in capital works spanning the entire City.

    The capital works include $63 million spent replacing or upgrading existing assets, and $42 million on adding new assets.

    Lake Macquarie Deputy Mayor Cr Nick Jones said that once adopted, actions in the plan would inject money into the local economy and generate employment for people in Lake Macquarie.

    “Council purchases a huge amount of goods and services from local suppliers, including construction materials, plant and heavy equipment, labour hire, traffic control and professional services,” Cr Jones said.

    The plan outlines a range of investment in roads, shared pathways, community buildings, swim centres, sports facilities, parks, playgrounds and other public infrastructure throughout the City.

    Highlights include:

    • $2.4 million to revitalise Pearson Street Mall in Charlestown
    • Ongoing design and stage one construction of the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track linking the Fernleigh Track with Blacksmiths
    • Renewing Council’s Multicultural Plan to ensure the City remains a leader in creating welcoming and inclusive communities
    • Working with Lake Macquarie Landcare to plant 30,000 native plants at Blacksmiths, Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay and Swansea Heads

    Total spending for the 2020-21 financial year will be $387.1 million, 40 per cent of which will be spent improving the lifestyle and wellbeing of the City.

    Of that total, 17 per cent – almost $65 million – will be invested in roads, drains, footpaths, shared pathways and associated infrastructure providing mobility and accessibility across Lake Mac.

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said Council was moving quickly to do what it could to support the community in this challenging time.

    “There’s no doubt that businesses and the community in Lake Mac are doing it tough right now,” Cr Fraser said.

    “And that has a flow-on impact on everyone in our community. Investment and action outlined in this Operational Plan will provide a significant boost to the local economy, not to mention our lifestyle and the day-to-day services and facilities we all value.”

    The draft plan’s exhibition follows an initial suite of support initiatives approved by Council earlier this month.

    Learn more about what’s planned and share your feedback before Wednesday 27 May by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/lets-bring-it-to-life.

  • Call for flow of information on flood studies

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    27 May, 2020
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    Flood studies across Lake Macquarie City are set to improve safety for hundreds of residents living in areas prone to inundation.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is poised to undertake studies of eight separate lake catchment tributaries, with computer models developed to map affected areas and establish likely future flood levels and severity.

    Manager Environmental Systems Tim Browne said input from the community would help provide focus for the studies.

    “We’re hoping people share their own experiences, photos, videos and insights to paint a bigger picture of the flooding history of these study areas and some of the factors at play,” Mr Browne said.

    “That information will be combined with results from our flood modelling technology to help develop the flood studies.”

    The eight lake tributaries earmarked for flood studies include:

    “We’ve contacted more than 700 potentially affected residential properties within these catchments,” Mr Browne said.

    “A lot of the people living there will have been there for some years, so we’re hopeful they can help shed some light on flooding history.”

    Council has previously completed flood studies of all major catchments within Lake Macquarie City.

    Mr Browne said completion of the next eight tributary studies would fill in most of the blanks.

    “This will give us flood planning information covering 98 per cent of the City,” he said.

    “That improves our flood risk management, provides greater safety for residents and visitors, improves our capacity to protect properties and helps us plan residential growth and development.”

    Complete an online flood history survey and contribute information, photos and other media relating to the eight study areas at shape.lakemac.com.au/lake-tributary-flood-studies.

    Mr Browne urged current and former residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders to have their say online.

    This first stage of community consultation closes Friday 17 April.

  • Proposal puts Lake Mac on the map

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    27 May, 2020
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    A proposed new ‘Lake Macquarie’ suburb could include the former Pasminco site’s new commercial and residential hub, soon to become home to hundreds of new residents and major retail outlets.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community feedback on a proposal to create a suburb reflecting the City’s name, as is the norm across most other cities in Australia and elsewhere in the world.

    The proposal outlines three options:

    Option One includes:

    • former Pasminco development site and Munibung Road extension
    • Cockle Creek train station
    • Bunnings
    • Northern parts of Munibung Hill

      Option Two includes:

    • All areas in Option One
    • Bunderra Estate
    • Employment land between TC Frith Avenue and Cockle Creek
    • Speers Point Park
    • Lake Macquarie Football Facility

      Option Three includes:

    • All areas in Options One and Two
    • Land around The Weir Road between Teralba and Barnsley
    • Existing residential and commercial areas in Boolaroo

    Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said a Lake Macquarie suburb could reinforce the City’s identity and strengthen the community’s sense of place.

    “Council has recognised for some time the value in creating a suburb called Lake Macquarie,” Mr Hain said.

    “In a practical sense, it may reduce confusion between Lake Macquarie and Port Macquarie.”

    The postcode for the Lake Macquarie suburb would likely be 2284 – the same as Boolaroo and Speers Point.

    A feedback portal is now live at shape.lakemac.com.au/suburb, with residents encouraged to nominate which option they prefer, or provide alternative suggestions.

    Following community consultation, Council can consider endorsing a proposal to change a suburb’s name or bestow a new name on an area, but the final decision rests with the Geographical Names Board.

    Drop-in information sessions on the proposal are scheduled for the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets on 14 and 28 March, 7.30-10.30am.

  • Feedback sought on Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track

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    27 May, 2020
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    Lake Macquarie City Council has launched an online feedback portal for community input into the new Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track.

    Council won almost $7.5 million in NSW Government funding last month to build the 3.5km shared pathway connecting the end of the Fernleigh Track at Belmont to Blacksmiths.

    Project Manager Dayne Harris said Council was seeking feedback on the proposed route, its design and other project elements.

    “The project will cater for the entire community, so it’s important we listen to what people have to say about it,” Mr Harris said.

    Local MPs, the RMS, NRMA, Hunter Business Chamber, Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Newcastle Cycleways Movement, the Heart Foundation and other peak business and sporting groups have already thrown their support behind the FAST project.

    The new feedback portal at shape.lakemac.com.au/fast includes an interactive map where visitors can pinpoint what they like, features they want to see and any areas of concern.

    A discussion board is also available for people to add their comments and ideas.

    Council will also host two drop-in information sessions on the project this week in Belmont, from 4-6pm at Brandt Cl on Tuesday 3 March and from 4-6pm on the corner of Beach Street and Ocean Park Road on Wednesday 4 March.

  • Community feedback sought to help shape future of Rathmines Park

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    27 May, 2020
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    Major improvements and new features across the entire Rathmines Park precinct are central to draft Lake Macquarie City Council concept master plans for the site, now on public exhibition.

    The plans, available online at shape.lakemac.com.au/Rathmines-park, include the former RAAF seaplane base and its surviving buildings, as well as sports grounds, parkland, playgrounds and the lake foreshore.

    Recreation and Land Planning Coordinator Stephen Prince said Council was moving into its second phase of development for a Master Plan and Plan of Management for Rathmines Park.

    “Last year we engaged the community to find out how they used the park, and to get their ideas about how we could improve the space into the future,” Mr Prince said.

    “The outcomes from those engagement activities, as well as recommendations from our Conservation Management Plan adopted last year, have been used to inform the draft Concept Master Plans for the park.

    “I encourage the community to view the accompanying Issues and Opportunities Paper, which outlines ideas within the draft Master Concept Plans.”

    The draft concept plans include improvements to recreation and sports facilities, improved access, new landscaping and vegetation and enhanced interpretation of the site’s military and Aboriginal history.

    An expanded youth hub would include a “substantially improved” skate/pump track and multipurpose court, with an opportunity to host food vans and an event stage.

    Improved play facilities for children would include an interactive play space celebrating the area’s military and Aboriginal history.

    A learn to ride track for young cyclists, outdoor fitness equipment and improved picnic facilities would be among the new features.

    The draft plans also include a number of larger, potentially more complex projects including reinstatement of overnight RV camping and a Catalina aircraft hangar.

    Mr Prince said the Concept Master Plans aimed to provide space for sporting, recreation and community group activities and events, while respecting, conserving and celebrating the site’s history and heritage.

    “We would love to hear from the community about what it thinks of these initial ideas. Your feedback will help inform our priorities in the draft Master Plan and Plan of Management,” Mr Prince said.

    Council will host two drop-in sessions on Thursday 5 March, with project staff on-site to provide further information and collect community feedback.

    The drop-in sessions will be at Rathmines shops at from 12-2pm and from 3-5pm at Rathmines Park.

    A community information session will follow, from 6-8pm at Catalina Conference Centre, Dorrington Rd. RSVPs for the session are essential.

  • Have your say on future plans for Awaba House

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    27 May, 2020
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    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.

  • Feedback sought on $220,000 Wangi Wangi Library refurbishment

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    29 January, 2020
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    More than $200,000 will be spent upgrading Wangi Wangi Library into a contemporary ‘creative hub’ catering for changing community demands.

    The overhaul, funded partly by Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, will create new flexible spaces offering a greater range of options for library users.

    The upgrade will pave the way for temporary displays and exhibitions, improved areas for community programs such as book groups, art workshops and children’s ‘Read and Rhyme’ sessions, and an enhanced display of the library’s collection.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Major Creative Projects Innovation Coordinator Jo Smith said community feedback has shaped the development of the project to date, with the next phase of consultation kicking off today.

    “We’ve come up with some draft concept designs for the revamped library and creative hub, but we would love to hear how people think these spaces could be used before we move ahead,” Ms Smith said.

    “The ultimate goal is to create a library more responsive to community needs, with improvements that enhance social connection and participation, encourage lifelong learning, and expand creative opportunities for the Wangi community.”

    The total project cost is expected to be $220,000, with $116,500 from the NSW Government grant and the remainder from Council.

    Ms Smith said the planned refurbishment was a key part of the current Lake Mac Libraries Strategic Plan, which outlines Council's role to develop, invigorate and promote local public libraries for the community.

    To share your ideas on the Wangi Wangi Library refurbishment, go to shape.lakemac.com.au.

    Feedback is open until 19 February.

    Council staff will also host a drop-in session at the library from 1-5pm on Wednesday 12 February, where the community can share ideas about the new spaces.


  • Draft plan sets ambitious sustainability framework for Lake Mac

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    19 December, 2019
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    An ambitious framework for sustainable planning, decision-making and action aims to ensure Lake Macquarie remains one of the most liveable and ecologically diverse cities in NSW.

    The draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan (ESSAP) outlines how natural resources can be enhanced and protected.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Environmental Systems Tim Browne said the plan also highlighted the importance of providing services and facilities that promoted a sustainable lifestyle.

    “Reducing our energy consumption, improving air quality and protecting our natural environment requires a determined, long-term effort, with co-operation between a wide range of stakeholders,” Mr Browne said.

    “This demands an ambitious response, practical steps and informed, evidence-based policy.”

    The draft ESSAP details 22 targets and 126 management actions designed to create a sustainable City, promote responsible consumption and production, enhance Lake Macquarie’s natural landscape and support resilient communities.

    They range from rehabilitating sand dunes and wetlands to partnering with industry and the community to improve water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems.

    “We have worked extensively with the community to develop this draft plan, but we are keen to hear further feedback on the specific issues it identifies,” Mr Browne said.

    The draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2027 is on exhibition at shape.lakemac.com.au until March.

    An accompanying online survey aims to gauge support for issues and actions outlined in the document.

    Mr Browne said the public exhibition period would include a series of February workshops, designed to get further community feedback and raise awareness of the strategy and action plan.