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 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 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.

  • Lake Macquarie Mayor thanks all who contributed to a stand-alone outcome

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    Lake Macquarie Mayor, Cr Jodie Harrison, acknowledges it was a group effort that led to the Council’s successful future as a stand-alone organisation.

    The NSW Government this morning announced its intention for Lake Macquarie City Council to remain a stand-alone Council. The decision comes after a lengthy government decision-making process, which included numerous Government assessments of Council’s ability to operate efficiently as an individual organisation.

    “This decision is reflective of the hard work of many people and the regional leadership shown by Councillors, staff and community leaders,” Cr Harrison said.

    “For the past three years, Council staff have been committed to identifying the best outcome for the region and today that hard work has paid off.

    “Community leaders, in particular Greg Piper, led this initiative with a remarkable vision for the future of Lake Macquarie and the Hunter region.

    “This outcome was the joint effort of leaders like Mr Piper, our local Members of Parliament, Councillors, Council’s Executive Management, staff and members of the community who voiced their opposition to a proposed merger.

    “Together, we have secured the future of Lake Macquarie.”

    Cr Harrison said Council now looks forward to undertaking the Fit for the Future Improvement Program, prepared by Council for the NSW Government as part this process, and we will work with the residents of Lake Macquarie to continually improve the way we deliver the daily services they expect and rely on.

    “We can now focus on becoming an even stronger leader within a local government industry that is undergoing considerable change,” Cr Harrison said.





  • Lake Macquarie will remain a stand-alone Council

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    The Government has announced its intention for Lake Macquarie City Council to remain a stand-alone organisation.

    The decision comes after a lengthy government decision-making process, which included numerous Government assessments of Council’s ability to operate efficiently as an individual organisation.

    Lake Macquarie Mayor, Cr Jodie Harrison, said as Council has stated in numerous submissions throughout the Fit for the Future process, it is providing good-quality daily services to its 202,000 residents, and has the strategies in place to continue to be a sustainable and efficient Council.

    “Council is pleased to be recognised as an organisation capable of standing alone and is committed to further improving our service and delivery,” Cr Harrison said.

    “Council looks forward to undertaking the Fit for the Future Improvement Program, prepared by the NSW Government as part this process, and we will work with the residents of Lake Macquarie to continually improve the way we deliver the daily services they expect and rely on.

    “Council is pleased the NSW Government’s proposal is reflective of residents’ wishes, which were consistently supportive of Lake Macquarie standing alone.

    “Through our community surveys we knew that our residents overwhelmingly favoured a stand-alone decision for Lake Macquarie. Expert community engagement found that 87per cent of our residents were in favour of this outcome,” Cr Harrison said.

    Lake Macquarie City has already proven itself to be in a position of financial strength and considerable strategic capacity for the foreseeable future, but for now the focus is working toward an even better future.

    “We will now focus on using the strategies and plans that helped us become one of the best performing Councils in NSW, to become a strong and confident leader within a local government industry that is undergoing considerable change,” Cr Harrison said.





  • Council and community big winners at NSW Coastal Conference

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    Council and our community’s exceptional commitment to, and achievement in sustainable coastal zone management, was recognised at this year’s NSW Coastal Conference held in Forster last week.

    The annual NSW Coastal Management Awards recognise and acknowledge the contributions individuals, groups, organisations and agencies make toward the ecologically sustainable management of the NSW coastal zone.

    Council was awarded the NSW Coastal Management award and the Lake Macquarie Landcare Network and Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan Community Working Group were also jointly recognised as highly commended in the category of Community Involvement.

    “This is a wonderful acknowledgement for Council and the community, who together developed an area-specific adaptation plan which outlines actions to help manage the risk of current and future flooding and tidal inundation,” Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope said.

    “Our community volunteers have contributed greatly to protecting and improving bushlands, wetlands and dunes across the City and protecting the community from lake flooding and future sea level rise,” Sharon said.


  • Can we improve parking in our City?

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    Council’s Integrated Planning team is developing a car parking strategy with a view to improving parking in our City.

    While the team is now out and about in our town centres doing investigations to better understand parking needs in the city, they are also asking our residents to go online and tell us about their car parking experiences via a survey and an interactive map for each town centre.

    Council’s Senior Strategic Land Use Planner Adam Ovenden says that the Parking Strategy will provide a long-term plan for the management and provision of parking within our City.

    “Getting parking right is an important step in the growth of our town centres,” Adam says.

    “Decisions about parking directly affect the economic prosperity and liveability of our communities.

    “How we manage parking can impact the local economy, housing affordability, congestion and the use of active transport,” Adam said.

    You can visit the website and tell us about your parking experiences and ideas. To find out more about the Parking Strategy and to have your say via the interactive map, go to www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/lake-mac-parking






  • Help plan for the future of Windale

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    Help Lake Macquarie City Council identify opportunities for new housing, jobs and improved open space in Windale, and go into the draw for your chance to win a custom refurbished bike* from local community program, Wheels for Hope.

    Council is encouraging residents, workers and business owners to tell us what they like and don’t like about WIndale and suggest ideas on how to improve the area, using our online interactive map and ideas wall.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said community feedback will lead to new guidelines for future development on private land and land owned by the Land and Housing Corporation.

    “Windale is close to Redhead Beach, the Lake and employment areas. It also has some good open space, but it could be improved,”Ms Pope said.

    Opportunities for change include better use of community facilities and open space reserves, identifying areas for business, employment and training, an improved creek line and bushland areas, better transport options, including paths for cycling or walking, and identifying the best type and mix of new housing.

    Council will be liaising with the Land and Housing Corporation, as the major owner of land and housing in Windale.

    Have your say by Friday 27 November and you can win a five-speed Kawasaki mountain bike*, which is currently being refurbished by participants from Wheels for Hope.

    “Wheels for Hope, which is run by the Centre of Hope, provides disadvantaged and disabled youth with the support and tools needed to restore bikes,” Ms Pope said.

    “A team of young people from Windale are spending the next couple of weeks transforming the bike so that it is ready to giveaway to the lucky winner, in the first week of December.”

    Windale residents, workers and business owners can find out more, leave a comment and go into the draw to win the bike, by visiting www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/planning-for-windale.

    Council officers will be available to speak to the community and demonstrate how to use the online interactive map and ideas wall, during a drop in session, outside of Windale Library on Saturday 31 October.

    Have your say on the future of Windale drop in session


    When: 9am-noon, Saturday 31 October

    Where: Outside of Windale Library, 20 Lake Street Windale

    *Visit www.lakemac.com.au for competition terms and conditions.

  • Lake Mac Smart City, Smart Council Digital Economy Strategy on exhibition now

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    A draft strategy designed to help Council and the community build a more connected, innovative and resilient City, has been placed on public exhibition for 30 days.

    The Draft Lake Mac Smart City, Smart Council Digital Economy Strategy 2016-2020, identifies ways Council and the City can maximise benefits of having access to high-speed
    broadband-enabled technologies and creative industries.


    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the community has played an important role in the preparation of the draft strategy now on exhibition.


    “We received 300 ideas about how the use of digital technology can make Lake Macquarie more connected, sustainable and prosperous,” Ms Pope said.

    “The ideas received have enabled us to identify initiatives that will help boost the local economy, improve the performance of City operations and, ultimately,
    enhance the lifestyle of residents.”


    Initiatives include trialling solar-powered mobile device recharging benches in the City, making greater use of audio and video in publishing Council news and related content, providing information about our City and city life generally using new online tools, developing a policy to enable Council datasets to be made available as open data, and implementing smart infrastructure and smart systems.


    “Council does not hold all the answers and the draft strategy represents a call for action to business, government and the community to work together to build a Smart City,” Ms Pope said.

    The draft strategy can be viewed online at www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/smart-city or in person at Council’s Administration Building, 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point, and at all
    City libraries.

    Council staff will be available to discuss the draft strategy at the following locations:

    · Thursday 29 October, 9.30-11am, Toronto Library

    · Wednesday 4 November, 9-10.30am, Morisset Library; and

    · Thursday 5 November, 9-10.30am, Cardiff Library.


    Have your say by Tuesday 24 November 2015.



  • Dora Creek Community Safety Plan recognised at NSW Resilient Australia Awards

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    Community volunteers have been recognised at the 2015 NSW Resilient Australia Awards, with a ‘highly commended’ award for their efforts in assisting residents of Dora Creek to manage the impacts of natural disasters.

    The Dora Creek Progress Association and Dora Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Group are working with Lake Macquarie City Council and the State Emergency Service to develop a Community Safety Plan for their community.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said safety planning at a local level requires the involvement of the people who live and work in a particular community, as they understand how their community functions.

    “Council is helping people to prepare and manage threats from the environment, such as storms and floods, by facilitating opportunities for people to enhance their own safety and the safety of their neighbours,” Dr Howe said.

    “The Community Safety Plan will help residents be informed, prepared, safe and resilient during severe weather and natural disasters.”

    During a ceremony at NSW Parliament House, Minister for Emergency Services, David Elliott, presented Mark Mannile, of the Dora Creek Progress Association and Laurene Mulcahy, of the Dora Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Group, with the award.

    The NSW Resilient Australia Awards highlight the achievements of community groups, emergency services, state and local government and education providers in making NSW communities more resilient and better equipped when faced with emergencies.

    Residents of Dora Creek can assist with the development of the plan by visiting http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/dora-creek-community-safety-plan.



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  • Community and Council collaborate to produce the City’s first Adaptation Plan

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    After 18 months of hard work and close collaboration, a joint Council and Community Working Group has just completed the City’s first draft plan to adapt to sea level rise and flooding at a local level.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the thorough process was designed to give the local community a great deal of involvement in the development of plans to minimise flooding risks now and in the future.

    “Together, we’ve developed a draft plan that allows people to continue to live and build at Marks Point and Belmont South, as sea and lake levels rise,” Ms Pope said.

    Frank Mieszala, a member of the Community Working Group, said that the community identified seven essential elements for the draft strategy, with protecting the foreshore and filling low-lying land being the best options to prevent inundation from rising lake levels in their area.

    “Constructing sloping sea walls to protect the foreshore where we live, raising and improving the design of infrastructure such as drains and roads, constructing new buildings with floor levels above projected flood levels and raising homes if required form the main actions in the plan,” Mr Mieszala said.

    “The draft plan also recognises that retreat is not warranted in Marks Point and Belmont South and the adaptive approach outlined in the plan means that we plan for the worst and only act when necessary.”

    While the actions proposed in the draft plan will be spread over many years, up to the end of the Century, there is a more detailed 10-year action plan that sets out specific tasks to apply new design standards to new buildings and infrastructure, review planning and development controls, and coordinate land filling with the raising of drains and roads.

    The recommendation to publicly exhibit the draft Marks Point and Belmont South Adaptation Plan for at least 60 days will be considered by Council on Monday, 28 September.

    For more information and to have your say on the proposed Marks Point and Belmont South adaptation actions, visit http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/future-flood-planning.


  • Have your say on a Community Safety Plan for Dora Creek

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is encouraging residents of Dora Creek to assist with the development of a Community Safety Plan that will help residents be informed, prepared, safe and resilient during severe weather and natural disasters.

  • Have your say on Council's food scraps shift coming in 2017

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    The countdown is on for the next step in Lake Mac’s improved waste service.

    In 2017 we plan to be able to accept all food scraps in the green waste bin. Council has engaged a contractor to build a composting facility to process the City’s food scraps and garden waste from the green bins, and is now starting to plan how to keep our community informed about the shift.

    We would like your input into how we do this – which you can provide by answering the short 15 minute survey below. Everyone who responds before Friday 18 September 2015 will go in the draw to win a $250 voucher for Charlestown Square.

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