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Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

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 document library and FAQs, and if you can't find what you’re looking for, then please contact us.

Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

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 document library and FAQs, and if you can't find what you’re looking for, then please contact us.

  • Suite of documents to guide library and cultural collections

    about 17 hours ago
    Library

    A new draft strategy aims to guide the future of more than 400,000 items that form Lake Macquarie City Council’s vast library collection.

    The draft Library Collections Policy and Strategy and an accompanying draft Cultural Collections Policy and Strategy are now on exhibition and set out to describe a clear and structured process for Council to make decisions regarding library and cultural collections.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the value of Council’s library books and other loan items was estimated to be more than $2.5 million, while its cultural collections, including the Museum of Arts and...

    A new draft strategy aims to guide the future of more than 400,000 items that form Lake Macquarie City Council’s vast library collection.

    The draft Library Collections Policy and Strategy and an accompanying draft Cultural Collections Policy and Strategy are now on exhibition and set out to describe a clear and structured process for Council to make decisions regarding library and cultural collections.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the value of Council’s library books and other loan items was estimated to be more than $2.5 million, while its cultural collections, including the Museum of Arts and Culture visual art collection and historic artefacts from Lake Macquarie’s early European settlement, was worth more than $1.8 million.

    “One of the primary objectives of both the library and cultural collections strategies is to provide artworks, museum and historical objects, archives and library books for the community for recreation, education, information and lifelong learning now and in the future,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “We want to provide a vibrant and dynamic collection that responds to the needs of the community, and these draft documents will help us achieve that goal. Council are custodians of these important collections for future generations to enjoy”

    Ms Hemsley added that while traditional library collections depreciated in value through use over time, cultural collections became more valuable as years passed.

    “As such, it is important that there is a targeted and professional approach to purchasing,” Ms Hemsley said.

    The draft documents are available to view and provide feedback by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/collections or your local library.

    Consultation closes on Monday 6 January 2019.


  • Have your say on future housing needs in Lake Mac

    12 days ago
    Housing strategy

    Enabling a sustainable supply of housing for everyone, at all income levels, close to jobs and services is the focus of Lake Macquarie City Council’s new Housing Strategy that will guide the design and delivery of housing in the City into the future.

    The draft Housing Strategy is now on exhibition and describes how we plan to cater for increased housing needs spurred by our growing population.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said Lake Macquarie City is projected to grow by almost 30,000 people by 2036, generating demand for an additional 13,700 homes.

    “Diversity of housing options is an...

    Enabling a sustainable supply of housing for everyone, at all income levels, close to jobs and services is the focus of Lake Macquarie City Council’s new Housing Strategy that will guide the design and delivery of housing in the City into the future.

    The draft Housing Strategy is now on exhibition and describes how we plan to cater for increased housing needs spurred by our growing population.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said Lake Macquarie City is projected to grow by almost 30,000 people by 2036, generating demand for an additional 13,700 homes.

    “Diversity of housing options is an issue in Lake Macquarie City, with detached houses making up 85 per cent of the total housing stock,” Mr Hain said.

    “Council’s Housing Strategy looks to diversify housing options to meet the shifting preferences of our community and enable smaller lot housing, apartments and townhouse living, particularly where it is close to jobs and services.

    “The Lake Macquarie Economic Development Strategy aims to unlock potential growth over and above this projection, and the draft Housing Strategy responds to a range of possible growth scenarios, including a high growth scenario of up to 388,000 people by 2050.

    “We need to ensure we are using land efficiently, and that our neighbourhoods and centres support the community’s vision and values for the City.”

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said the draft Housing Strategy takes a consistent approach to addressing housing needs, affordability and the diversity of housing supply.

    “We are a very ambitious City. Our goal is to become one of the most productive, sustainable and liveable places in Australia,” Cr Fraser said.

    “To help us fulfil this vision, we need to ensure we have a diversity of housing options across our City to not only drive economic growth but to ensure our housing meets people’s needs into the future.”

    Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on the draft Housing Strategy across five priority areas including housing supply and infrastructure, housing diversity, housing near centres, housing affordability, and housing design and innovation.

    To share your views, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/housing-strategy before Monday 3 February 2020.


  • Draft Policy set to develop international cultural, economic and educational relationships

    12 days ago
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    A focus on developing international economic trade and innovation is key for Lake Macquarie City Council’s draft International Engagement Policy which will guide the decision making process in establishing and maintaining international relationships.

    The draft Lake Macquarie City International Engagement Policy is now on exhibition and describes how Council will establish, manage and evaluate international opportunities that achieve long term economic and community benefits for the City.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said Council has been involved in a Sister City program since 1982 and for much of this time operated under the Sister City Administration Policy.

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    A focus on developing international economic trade and innovation is key for Lake Macquarie City Council’s draft International Engagement Policy which will guide the decision making process in establishing and maintaining international relationships.

    The draft Lake Macquarie City International Engagement Policy is now on exhibition and describes how Council will establish, manage and evaluate international opportunities that achieve long term economic and community benefits for the City.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said Council has been involved in a Sister City program since 1982 and for much of this time operated under the Sister City Administration Policy.

    “This draft Policy proposes to build on from the Sister City methodology of reconciliation, civic, cultural and educational exchanges to relationships which have an emphasis on economic development and trade, in particular new technology, global commerce and innovation,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “The Policy focusses on achieving positive and tangible benefits for the City’s residents and businesses including, the fostering of export and investment opportunities and raising the profile of the City internationally as an attractive City and a great place to work, invest, visit, and live.

    “These benefits will be achieved through relationships with Federal and State Government agencies, businesses, community organisations and residents.”

    The draft International Engagement Policy is available by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/international-engagement or your local library. Consultation on the draft Policy closes Thursday 19 December.


  • Survey provides voice for #LakeMacnextgen

    about 1 month ago
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    A draft Youth Strategy under development at Lake Macquarie City Council aims to activate and celebrate #LakeMacnextgen.

    Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said the strategy was still in its embryonic stages and would continue to be shaped largely by input from the City’s younger generation.

    According to Census data, almost one-third of Lake Mac’s 205,000-strong population is aged under 25.

    “The new Youth Strategy is about our young people, so it’s only right that we speak directly to them in putting it together,” Mr Bryant said.

    “We want to know what issues are most important to under-25s in Lake Mac,...

    A draft Youth Strategy under development at Lake Macquarie City Council aims to activate and celebrate #LakeMacnextgen.

    Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said the strategy was still in its embryonic stages and would continue to be shaped largely by input from the City’s younger generation.

    According to Census data, almost one-third of Lake Mac’s 205,000-strong population is aged under 25.

    “The new Youth Strategy is about our young people, so it’s only right that we speak directly to them in putting it together,” Mr Bryant said.

    “We want to know what issues are most important to under-25s in Lake Mac, how they get around, what they like to do and what we can do to make them happier and a more engaged part of our community”.

    Council has already consulted extensively with young people to determine areas for action.

    “This next step of engagement, which includes an online survey, will help us nail down priorities – not just among young people but those who work and interact with them, and the broader community,” Mr Bryant said.

    Council will harness the power of social media to gauge feedback on priorities.

    An Instagram competition will run concurrently with the survey, with young people invited to upload a photo, drawing or painting that says something about why they love Lake Mac.

    Completed online surveys and Instagram entries tagged with #lakemacnextgen go in the running to win $100 vouchers to Charlestown Square.

    Mr Bryant said the new strategy would build on the strengths and successes of young people through a variety of channels, including:

    • Providing youth-friendly recreation opportunities

    • Engaging young people through art, creative processes and new technology

    • Hosting and promoting live music, art exhibitions and festivals

    • Providing safe places that encourage youth participation

    • Providing low-cost, safe transport options

    • Creating stronger links between Lake Macquarie’s Youth Council and local schools

    • Increasing the use of renewable energy and reducing public littering

    The survey can be completed online at shape.lakemac.com.au/next-gen until November 15.

    Mr Bryant said the Youth Strategy would be drafted and exhibited following this latest round of community engagement, with a view to implementing it in 2020.


  • Making it easier to move around Cardiff’s economic centre

    about 2 months ago
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    A new transport management plan under development by Lake Macquarie City Council will make it easier and safer for people to get to, from and around Cardiff’s growing economic centre.

    Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said Council was seeking feedback from the Cardiff community to inform the draft Cardiff Transport Management Plan.

    “We're in the early stages of preparing a draft Transport Management Plan for Cardiff with the aim of expanding transport choices, improving parking and making it easier for people move throughout the area,” Mr Hain said.

    “We would like to hear from the community about how often they...

    A new transport management plan under development by Lake Macquarie City Council will make it easier and safer for people to get to, from and around Cardiff’s growing economic centre.

    Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said Council was seeking feedback from the Cardiff community to inform the draft Cardiff Transport Management Plan.

    “We're in the early stages of preparing a draft Transport Management Plan for Cardiff with the aim of expanding transport choices, improving parking and making it easier for people move throughout the area,” Mr Hain said.

    “We would like to hear from the community about how often they visit Cardiff town centre and train station area, why they visit the area, what transport options they use, where they park and their feedback on a range of transport management options.”

    Transport management plans take a holistic view of how people move to and around our economic centres, while providing guidance on how to manage parking and transport in centres over the short, medium and long term.

    The survey can be completed online at shape.lakemac.com.au/cardiff-tmp until Sunday 10 November.

    One of the recommendations from the Lake Mac Parking Strategy, adopted in 2018, was the preparation of Transport Management Plans for the City’s economic centres.

    “Strategies such as Imagine Lake Mac and the Lake Mac Parking Strategy aim to improve the way transport and parking within our economic centres is managed to align future management with growth,” Mr Hain said.

    The Transport Management Plan for Charlestown is already underway, with similar plans to be developed for Council’s other economic centres, including Toronto, Warners Bay, Belmont, Morisset, Swansea and Glendale.


  • Ambitious plan to guide growth of Lake Mac over the next 20 years

    about 2 months ago
    Drone charlestown crane development town centre

    Four key growth areas are the focus for Lake Macquarie City Council’s new strategic plan that will guide the evolution of the City over the next 20 years.

    The draft Lake Macquarie City Local Strategic Planning Statement is now on exhibition and describes how we will achieve our City’s vision and uphold the community’s values, through strategic planning.

    The ambitious plan will help transform Lake Macquarie City into one of the most productive, adaptable, sustainable and liveable places in Australia, while influencing public and private investment across the City.

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said our Plan is based...

    Four key growth areas are the focus for Lake Macquarie City Council’s new strategic plan that will guide the evolution of the City over the next 20 years.

    The draft Lake Macquarie City Local Strategic Planning Statement is now on exhibition and describes how we will achieve our City’s vision and uphold the community’s values, through strategic planning.

    The ambitious plan will help transform Lake Macquarie City into one of the most productive, adaptable, sustainable and liveable places in Australia, while influencing public and private investment across the City.

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said our Plan is based on the aspirations, knowledge and values expressed by our residents who helped create the City’s Vision in 2016.

    “We already have a strong foundation - we are a progressive city, well known for our innovation, investment opportunities, outdoor adventures, liveability, and of course our natural beauty. This draft Plan will continue to guide our City’s progress”, Cr Fraser said.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said under the NSW Government planning reforms all NSW Councils are required to prepare Local Strategic Planning Statements.

    “Our draft Plan includes strategies and actions across seven planning priorities that detail how we will achieve the goal for the City to be one of the most productive, adaptable, sustainable and liveable places in Australia,” said Mr Hain.

    “The plan also reflects global, national and regional plans, to ensure our City contributes to broader regional, national and global communities, environments and economies.

    “The draft Plan identifies four key growth areas – North East from Charlestown to Belmont, South East between Caves Beach and North Wallarah, North West including Cardiff, Glendale and surrounds, and the South West spanning Cooranbong to Wyee. I would encourage people to take a look at the draft Plan and share their feedback.”

    The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement is available by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/shaping-the-future or your local library. Consultation on the draft Plan closes on Friday 29 November.


  • Rezoning proposal paves way for Windale’s growth

    about 2 months ago
    Windale suburb sign

    Almost 19ha of land in Windale would be rezoned for medium density housing to capitalise on its central location and growth under a draft Council plan open for public comment.

    The draft amendment to the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plan, and an accompanying draft Windale Area Plan, pave the way for greater diversity in housing between Windale and Mount Hutton shops.

    More than 0.7ha of land on Lake Street across from the suburb’s existing retail strip would be rezoned from ‘medium density residential’ to ‘neighbourhood centre’, with the maximum development height for the entire retail precinct increased to three storeys.

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    Almost 19ha of land in Windale would be rezoned for medium density housing to capitalise on its central location and growth under a draft Council plan open for public comment.

    The draft amendment to the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plan, and an accompanying draft Windale Area Plan, pave the way for greater diversity in housing between Windale and Mount Hutton shops.

    More than 0.7ha of land on Lake Street across from the suburb’s existing retail strip would be rezoned from ‘medium density residential’ to ‘neighbourhood centre’, with the maximum development height for the entire retail precinct increased to three storeys.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said various studies had identified significant potential for infill development in Windale to cater for the City’s future growth.

    “The section of Windale proposed to be rezoned has excellent access to existing services, facilities and employment areas,” Mr Hain said.

    “We want to revitalise and grow this area, and that goal is reflected in recent and planned investment – both by Council and the private sector.”

    A new skate park, community hall and library are among the Council projects in the pipeline for Windale, while the recent expansion of Lake Macquarie Square and Spotlight Group’s $100 million retail and commercial centre adjoining the suburb demonstrate a growing appreciation of its potential.

    “Data indicates Windale will need more one and two-bedroom homes, more independent living homes for people with disability and more housing for families with children,” Mr Hain said.

    “Gradual expansion of the Windale shops will support this increased population.”

    The draft proposal is on exhibition until 11 November at shape.lakemac.com.au. Council will host a pop-up information session at Windale Community Hall on Thursday 24 October from 2-4pm.


  • Draft strategy set to make electric dreams a reality

    2 months ago
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    A draft strategy is plugging into Lake Macquarie’s electric future, paving the way for new infrastructure for the next generation of motor vehicles.

    Council’s Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy 2019-22 aims to address a critical shortage of publicly available charging stations across the City – cited as a significant barrier to EV uptake by local residents and businesses.

    Manager Environmental Systems Tim Browne said the draft strategy provided a framework for consistent deployment of charging infrastructure by business, residents and Council.

    “Council will kick-start this new charging network, with other industry partners taking the lead once momentum builds,” Mr Browne said.

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    A draft strategy is plugging into Lake Macquarie’s electric future, paving the way for new infrastructure for the next generation of motor vehicles.

    Council’s Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy 2019-22 aims to address a critical shortage of publicly available charging stations across the City – cited as a significant barrier to EV uptake by local residents and businesses.

    Manager Environmental Systems Tim Browne said the draft strategy provided a framework for consistent deployment of charging infrastructure by business, residents and Council.

    “Council will kick-start this new charging network, with other industry partners taking the lead once momentum builds,” Mr Browne said.

    “All indicators point towards an increasingly electric future on our roads, and we need to start preparing now to ensure we are ready for this change.”

    Earlier this year, the NRMA warned of a “dire” impact on Australia’s economy and local communities, unless steps were taken immediately to cater for electric vehicles.

    Potential locations for new EV chargers include Charlestown, Glendale, Morisset and other economic centres throughout Lake Macquarie.

    “Locations are yet to be finalised, but it makes sense to install this infrastructure in the busiest parts of our City,” Mr Browne said.

    Train stations and shopping centres will be among the sites considered for new Level Two chargers.

    “Deployment of charging infrastructure is crucial to this strategy, but so too are the partnerships we must forge with other levels of government, business, industry and other Councils in our region,” Mr Browne said.

    “These partnerships will help us achieve a practical, regional EV charging network that will support growth and investment in Lake Macquarie in years to come.”

    Mr Browne urged the community to provide feedback on the draft strategy, on display until Friday 25 October.

    Go to shape.lakemac.com.au/evcs to read the strategy, make a submission, join discussion forums on the topic and browse an interactive map of potential charging locations.


  • Survey aims to shed light on sports kicking goals in Lake Mac

    3 months ago
    Rugby 7s smal

    A survey gauging the economic benefit of sports events and activities across Lake Macquarie will help shape millions of dollars’ worth of investment in years to come.

    A survey gauging the economic benefit of sports events and activities across Lake Macquarie will help shape millions of dollars’ worth of investment in years to come.

  • Input into Council planning matters made clearer

    4 months ago
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    How people can have their say on planning matters, such as Development Applications, planning proposals and strategies is set to become a whole lot clearer with Council’s Draft Community Participation Plan.

    The draft Community Participation Plan is now on exhibition and details how and when Council will engage with the community across the planning functions it performs under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said through this Plan we aim to ensure our community knows how and when they can provide feedback on planning decisions that could affect their future.

    “Planning matters can...

    How people can have their say on planning matters, such as Development Applications, planning proposals and strategies is set to become a whole lot clearer with Council’s Draft Community Participation Plan.

    The draft Community Participation Plan is now on exhibition and details how and when Council will engage with the community across the planning functions it performs under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said through this Plan we aim to ensure our community knows how and when they can provide feedback on planning decisions that could affect their future.

    “Planning matters can often be complicated, however the intention is to make it easier and clearer for our community to understand planning processes and when they can have their say on planning items,” said Mr Hain.

    “Under the NSW Government planning reforms we are required to include certain items in the plan, including how and when we will engage with the community. I would encourage people to take a look at the draft document and share their feedback.”

    Council’s Community Participation Plan has been developed in accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Strategy, which was adopted by Council in 2016 as part of the Community Strategic Plan.

    The draft Community Participation Plan is available by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/cpp or by visiting their local library. Consultation on the Plan closes on Friday 13 September.

    Council is also holding two drop-in sessions at Morisset and Cardiff libraries.

    · Let’s chat – Morisset Library 22 August 10am–noon.

    · Let’s chat – Cardiff Library 27 August 10am-noon.