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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.

  • Draft strategy set to make electric dreams a reality

    24 days 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

    about 1 month ago
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    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

    2 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.


  • Pearson Street Mall set for $3m makeover

    3 months ago
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    Charlestown’s Pearson Street Mall will undergo a high-tech transformation under a draft plan on public exhibition.

    The design concept includes new landscaping, free public Wi-Fi, a suite of environmental sensors, and provision for food trucks and markets stalls.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Assets Management Helen Plummer said Pearson Street Mall would become a test-bed for new technology and innovation.

    “The mall acts as a pedestrian gateway to our City’s largest urban and retail hub,” Ms Plummer said.

    “This reimagining of the space will capitalise on that significant potential.”

    The Charlestown Innovation Precinct (CHiP) project will also include installation of...

    Charlestown’s Pearson Street Mall will undergo a high-tech transformation under a draft plan on public exhibition.

    The design concept includes new landscaping, free public Wi-Fi, a suite of environmental sensors, and provision for food trucks and markets stalls.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Assets Management Helen Plummer said Pearson Street Mall would become a test-bed for new technology and innovation.

    “The mall acts as a pedestrian gateway to our City’s largest urban and retail hub,” Ms Plummer said.

    “This reimagining of the space will capitalise on that significant potential.”

    The Charlestown Innovation Precinct (CHiP) project will also include installation of shade structures and seating.

    “With the seating, shade and Wi-Fi, we’re really aiming to make it a place where people will want to stop and stay, rather than just pass through,” Ms Plummer said.

    The concept design emerged from extensive community consultation undertaken in 2017, which included ‘ChIPfest’, pop-up information sessions and an online engagement portal.

    Public art installations, yet to be commissioned, will also form part of the revamped mall.

    “We’ll also be replacing trees in the mall with mature specimens more suited to the local environment and less likely to cause damage related to the subterranean spread of roots,” Ms Plummer said.

    “The total project budget is $3 million, which covers all civil works and infrastructure involved in the upgrade.”

    Sensors will constantly measure air temperature and quality in the area, with the data sent live to an online interface via Lake Macquarie’s Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN).

    “This data will help shed light on how the built environment, traffic and other urban factors affect environmental conditions at a very localised level,” Ms Plummer said.

    Pedestrian access will be safer and easier at the mall’s southern end with the intersection with Ridley Street raised to prioritise foot traffic.

    Ms Plummer said the revamp would complement extensive work underway by GPT, transforming its north piazza into a bustling food and beverage precinct to be known as The Corner.

    Council staff will be on-site 11am-1pm on Thursday 15 August to discuss the Pearson Street Mall draft concept design and take feedback.

    The design, including an animated fly-through, is also online for comment at shape.lakemac.com.au/CHIP until Friday 30 August.

    Pending feedback, construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2020 and be completed in early 2021.


  • $9 million boost to transform Toronto as a lakeside destination

    3 months ago
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    The Toronto foreshore is set to thrive for generations to come thanks to a multi-million dollar transformation of the lakeside precinct, and members of the community are invited to provide input into a blueprint for the future enhancement of the foreshore.

    Council’s Property and Business Development Manager David Antcliff said this major project is the single biggest investment by Council in the foreshore precinct’s history, and will ensure Toronto continues to be a desirable lakeside destination.“Through a master plan shaped by community input, Toronto can continue to grow as a vibrant lifestyle destination with a new and improved foreshore area,...

    The Toronto foreshore is set to thrive for generations to come thanks to a multi-million dollar transformation of the lakeside precinct, and members of the community are invited to provide input into a blueprint for the future enhancement of the foreshore.

    Council’s Property and Business Development Manager David Antcliff said this major project is the single biggest investment by Council in the foreshore precinct’s history, and will ensure Toronto continues to be a desirable lakeside destination.“Through a master plan shaped by community input, Toronto can continue to grow as a vibrant lifestyle destination with a new and improved foreshore area, more lake access and enhanced public open space and amenity,” Mr Antcliff said.

    Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to take part in a series of workshops and pop-up sessions to inform the future of the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan by sharing feedback on design principles and ideas for the area.

    “Council values community input and recognises that local knowledge is critical to the future management of the Toronto foreshore. This engagement builds on previous consultation and site analysis work, and the identified values of the foreshore including its unique character, history, aboriginal heritage and an accessible waterfront,” Mr Antcliff said.

    Feedback received during this consultation period will inform the development of the draft Master Plan.

    The Toronto Foreshore was identified as a priority for improvement in the Toronto Development Contributions Plan. Council has about $9 million in development contributions set aside to deliver foreshore improvements along the 5ha site.

    “The Master Plan aims to provide a vibrant open space that supports a range of recreational and cultural uses and activities, so that it better serves the needs of the community for many years to come,” added Mr Antcliff.

    Workshops will be held on Tuesday 6 August from 6-8pm and Saturday 10 August from 10am-noon at the Toronto Multi-Purpose Centre. RSVPs are essential for the community workshops. RSVPs can be made online at shape.lakemac.com.au/future-toronto.

    Community pop-ups will also take place near the Rotunda at Toronto Foreshore on Tuesday 6 August between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm and on Saturday 10 August between 1-3pm and 4-6pm.

    Residents can also complete the survey online at shape.lakemac.com.au/future-toronto.


  • New Windale multi-purpose facility concepts on display

    5 months ago
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    A vibrant, inclusive community space is proposed for the Windale multi-purpose facility in new concept plans released today by Lake Macquarie City Council.

    The draft concepts released feature a range of spaces to connect and engage the Windale community including a community lounge room, gathering and activity spaces, study and quiet spaces, and green open spaces.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the new facility will be a safe, flexible and inclusive space for people to connect, learn, create and collaborate.

    “Together with the Windale community we want to create spaces where people can come together to...

    A vibrant, inclusive community space is proposed for the Windale multi-purpose facility in new concept plans released today by Lake Macquarie City Council.

    The draft concepts released feature a range of spaces to connect and engage the Windale community including a community lounge room, gathering and activity spaces, study and quiet spaces, and green open spaces.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the new facility will be a safe, flexible and inclusive space for people to connect, learn, create and collaborate.

    “Together with the Windale community we want to create spaces where people can come together to create, unwind, socialise, experiment and flourish,” Ms Hemsley said.

    The multi-purpose facility will cater for all generations allowing interactive and social activities to exist alongside spaces for learning, wellbeing and personal achievement. A balance of private and collaborative study and creative spaces will feature, as well as a range of exhibition and display opportunities to enhance the local community’s sense of identity.

    “We want to hear from our community, users and service providers about how they would use these new spaces within the multi-purpose facility,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “We developed the draft concepts following extensive community consultation and it’s important for us to continue this conversation so we can understand how these new spaces will be used now and into the future.”

    The multi-purpose facility will replace the existing Windale Community Hall, Community Office and Library in Lake Street, Windale.

    The community can view the draft concepts and join the discussion on how they would use the new spaces at shape.lakemac.com.au/2306-windale.

    Community drop-in session

    Drop-in to the Windale Community Hall to talk to Council staff and Adriano Pupilli Architects about the concept designs and share details about how you might use the spaces proposed for the new Windale multi-purpose facility.

    When: Wednesday 26 June, 4-6pm

    Where: Windale Community Hall, Lake Street, Windale


  • Analysis reveals Toronto Foreshore’s character and connectivity

    5 months ago
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    A detailed analysis of Toronto Foreshore’s character and connectivity has been released to the public to shed more light on Lake Macquarie City Council’s proposed vision for the lakeside precinct.

    The independently compiled Draft Urban Design Analysis provides key information that will be used to guide the precinct’s future.

    Council’s Principal Projects Officer Bohdan Laforest said the analysis outlined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the foreshore area, its buildings, topography and vegetation and its connectivity to surrounding streets.

    “The Draft Urban Design Analysis, together with feedback received during phase one of our community consultation last year, will inform...

    A detailed analysis of Toronto Foreshore’s character and connectivity has been released to the public to shed more light on Lake Macquarie City Council’s proposed vision for the lakeside precinct.

    The independently compiled Draft Urban Design Analysis provides key information that will be used to guide the precinct’s future.

    Council’s Principal Projects Officer Bohdan Laforest said the analysis outlined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the foreshore area, its buildings, topography and vegetation and its connectivity to surrounding streets.

    “The Draft Urban Design Analysis, together with feedback received during phase one of our community consultation last year, will inform initial concepts for our Toronto Foreshore Master Plan,” Mr Laforest said.

    “We will be seeking input from the community later this year to help develop concept designs for the foreshore, and how it will relate to the adjoining proposed mix-use development.”

    Another report has also been released following community requests: a preliminary Environmental Constraints Study.

    Mr Laforest said the report compiled in 2017 was part of an initial feasibility study for the proposed development, but no longer accurately reflects the options under investigation.

    “Further analysis and community feedback has indicated that options raised in the Environmental Constraints Study were not appropriate solutions,” Mr Laforest said.

    “However, Council is releasing the document to maintain transparency and to provide further background on the process of creating our Toronto Foreshore Master Plan.”

    The 2019 Draft Urban Design Analysis and 2017 Environmental Constraints Study are both available for download from shape.lakemac.com.au/future-toronto.


  • Roadmap to support local innovators in Lake Mac

    6 months ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is focusing its efforts to support local innovation with the exhibition of the draft Imagine Lake Mac: Innovators Support Roadmap.

    The draft Roadmap aligns Council with regional efforts to support local innovators, and they are asking people to share their story on the interactive map by dropping a pin and sharing with Council what they’re working on, the problem they’re trying to solve or how they are helping local innovation collaborators.

    Council’s Deputy CEO Tony Farrell said that recent research shows that the most successful cities of the future will be driven by innovation, which is...

    Lake Macquarie City Council is focusing its efforts to support local innovation with the exhibition of the draft Imagine Lake Mac: Innovators Support Roadmap.

    The draft Roadmap aligns Council with regional efforts to support local innovators, and they are asking people to share their story on the interactive map by dropping a pin and sharing with Council what they’re working on, the problem they’re trying to solve or how they are helping local innovation collaborators.

    Council’s Deputy CEO Tony Farrell said that recent research shows that the most successful cities of the future will be driven by innovation, which is why we need to invest as a City and a community to nurture, retain and attract innovators.

    “Liveability and innovation are very closely linked, so we are lucky in that respect that our City has so many appealing qualities such as our beautiful lake, our coastline, diversity of housing and access to services,” said Mr Farrell.

    “This draft Roadmap lays the foundation to continue improving the liveability of the City, but also drives our focus on developing a co-innovation program, where we can continue to collaborate and partner with innovators and creators.

    “We would like to hear from innovators and creators or anyone who has an idea or project that may be interested in collaborating with Council. A successful partnership could result in the development, testing or implementation of a project or service that helps improve our City.”

    The draft Imagine Lake Mac: Innovators Support Roadmap is on exhibition until Thursday 30 May 2019. Share your feedback by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/innovators-roadmap


  • Help shape the future of Lake Mac

    6 months ago
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    Lake Macquarie residents are invited to share their feedback on the draft Operational Plan 2019-2020, after Councillors endorsed the document for public exhibition at Monday night’s Council meeting.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said this is an opportunity for the community to help shape the future of Lake Macquarie ahead of the next financial year.

    “We want to hear from the community about Council’s proposed actions, projects, budget and performance measures for the 2019-2020 financial year,” Cr Fraser said.

    “The draft Operational Plan and Delivery Program has been developed as a result of extensive engagement with our community,...

    Lake Macquarie residents are invited to share their feedback on the draft Operational Plan 2019-2020, after Councillors endorsed the document for public exhibition at Monday night’s Council meeting.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said this is an opportunity for the community to help shape the future of Lake Macquarie ahead of the next financial year.

    “We want to hear from the community about Council’s proposed actions, projects, budget and performance measures for the 2019-2020 financial year,” Cr Fraser said.

    “The draft Operational Plan and Delivery Program has been developed as a result of extensive engagement with our community, and we look forward to continuing to listen to its needs.”

    Organisational Services Director Laura Kendall said the draft Plan reflected Council’s vision for Lake Macquarie.

    “This is certainly an ambitious plan, but it needs to be to serve our community and the growth and prosperity of our City,” Ms Kendall said.

    “Importantly, this year’s Operational Plan will be even more transparent and accessible, with an easy-to-use online map showing projects in each neighbourhood and where they are up to.”

    Cr Fraser urged the community to check out the draft Plan and share their feedback.

    "To continue creating a vibrant future for our City, we need to connect with the people who help make our area such a great place to live, learn, work, play and invest,” Cr Fraser said.

    The draft Operational Plan, including supporting Budget 2019-2020, and the Draft Fees and Charges 2019-2020 are based on the Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 and Delivery Program 2017-2021, which were adopted by Council in June 2017.

    To share feedback on the draft Operational Plan, visit shape.lakemac.com.au

    Let’s chat – Community pop-ups

    Council staff will be out and about engaging with the community, answering questions and listening to feedback on the draft plan at the following locations:

    • Saturday 4 May, 9am-noon, Toronto Town Square
    • Saturday 11 May, 8-11am, Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets, Speers Point Park
    • Saturday 25 May, 8-11am, Swansea Markets, Quinn Park

    Capital works snapshot 2019-2020

    More than $93 million will be spent on capital works projects including:

    • $37.5 million on road works and traffic improvements
    • $19 million on community building upgrades
    • $18 million upgrading City assets and preparing for future growth
    • $4.5 million on drainage and environmental improvements
    • $4 million on construction and upgrade of local sporting facilities
    • $4 million on new footpaths and cycleways
    • $3.5 million on library and cultural facilities upgrades
    • $2.5 million on upgrading our parks and playgrounds

    View the interactive works map to see where some of these works will occur across the City.


  • Future festivals to put Lake Mac on the map

    6 months ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council will deliver at least 20 signature events each year under a draft action plan guiding festivals and events across the City.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said the draft Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024 provides a framework to present a diverse range of entertaining, vibrant and engaging events and cultural activities for the community.

    “We are committed to providing opportunities for everyone – regardless of age or background – to experience and participate in our events and festivals,” Cr Fraser said.

    Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said the draft...

    Lake Macquarie City Council will deliver at least 20 signature events each year under a draft action plan guiding festivals and events across the City.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said the draft Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024 provides a framework to present a diverse range of entertaining, vibrant and engaging events and cultural activities for the community.

    “We are committed to providing opportunities for everyone – regardless of age or background – to experience and participate in our events and festivals,” Cr Fraser said.

    Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said the draft Plan is the first step in realising the future direction and growth potential of events and festivals for the City.

    “Successful signature events like the Living Smart Festival, Float Your Boat and the Superboats, already attract more than 110,000 people to our City each year,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “This draft Plan provides a foundation for more great events in Lake Macquarie over the next five years. It covers everything from small events that enable active participation in community life to large outdoor festivals that attract visitors from across New South Wales and beyond.”

    Some of the key deliverables identified in the plan include delivering more than $400,000 in funding towards targeted annual events programs, delivering a minimum of 20 signature/iconic events for the City, developing and promoting a corporate and conference prospectus, and hosting an international signature event with wide economic benefit.

    The community can provide feedback before Saturday 1 June 2019 at shape.lakemac.com.au/event-festival-strategy.

    Snapshot of our event and festival landscape

    • Council produces and coordinates five major events a year, Lake Macquarie Festival, Carols by Candlelight, Lake Mac Big Weekend, Living Smart Festival and Float Your Boat, attracting more than 110,000 participants.
    • Council also partners to facilitate many other events each including Lake Mac City Pro Junior, Music in the Podium, Rathmines Catalina Festival, NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, Port to Port, Loop the Lake, Lake Macquarie Running Festival, Fernleigh 15, Lakefest and the Hunter Track Classic.
    • Since 2015, Council has provided more than $252,000 in funding to support 34 Business Chamber events in Warners Bay, Toronto, Swansea and Belmont.
    • Council funded, through the Community Grants Program and in-kind support, 105 community events in 2017-2018.
    • The Living Smart Festival was named Australian Community Event of the Year for 2017 at the Australian Event Awards.