Have your say on future plans for Awaba House
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.