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.

  • ‘Smart’ street furniture wins Smart City ideas comp

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    During July, Lake Macquarie City Council received more than 100 ideas on how technology can make the City a more connected, prosperous and sustainable one.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the response to Council’s call for ideas from the community was very positive.

    “The ideas and suggestions received are informing the preparation of the City’s first Digital Economy Strategy,” Ms Pope said.

    “With a clear strategy to guide us, the technology we use can save Council and the community money, drive local innovation, provide new jobs, and improve community well-being and environmental sustainability.”

    Charlestown resident, Daniel Condon, was presented with an Apple Watch Sport for his winning idea of solar-powered benches that can recharge mobile devices.

    Council is now investigating the use of solar-powered seating in the City.

    “Smart furniture like solar-powered benches could greatly assist the community during power outages, like those experienced during the April storms,” Ms Pope said.

    “This is a great example of an innovative and achievable idea that could be used throughout Lake
    Macquarie.”

    Short-listed entries include:

    · establishing ‘maker space’ incubators in Council libraries to help people learn about emerging technologies such as 3D printing (spaces where people can gather to create, invent and learn);

    · apps to make service requests with Council (a mobile application which enables residents to quickly and easily lodge service requests as an alternative to calling or emailing the Customer Service Centre);

    · apps that allow users to adopt City assets to help monitor their condition (user portal with an interactive map where people can tag issues, activities or call for assistance);

    · apps that provide information on parks, cycleways, playgrounds and safe places to take children (a mobile application with a map that identifies places of interest);

    · an online interactive map of Council events and issues (a mobile application detailing information about Council services, parks, dog areas, events, bulk waste pick-up schedules etc);

    · smart public garbage bins that alert Council when they are full or smell (data intelligence sends email notifications to Council staff when bins are near capacity);

    · a display sign on shared pathways that counts bicycles and pedestrians and shares this data with Council and the community (signs displaying daily and cumulative bike and pedestrian data,) ; and

    · the use of digital codes on infrastructure that can be scanned to provide people with information (smartphone friendly barcodes that can be scanned, providing residents and visitors with information about what they are looking at).



  • Library consultation wrap-up

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    It continues to be an exciting time for our libraries, with the community helping us prove that our library spaces can continue to improve with better access to technology, community programs, and even coffee!

    Council’s Library Section Manager, Jo Smith, said that Council’s ‘Be a part of our story’ community engagement, which ran during May and June, once again showed that our libraries are valued assets in the community that continue to bring people and information together.

    “At Belmont we heard that people were enjoying many of the programs on offer and would like to see things like creative writing classes, art workshops and shows, as well as more online and technology access,” Ms Smith said.

    “Edgeworth residents did tell us that they had ongoing concerns with parking at the library, and some suggested that a larger space may help increase access to book club and literacy programs already being held that the library.

    “The idea to introduce a coffee cart at our branches, as well as some comfy seating and a relaxing place to interact and talk about books or read, was also popular.

    “Now that we have collated all the great feedback, a review of space to include more seating and plug-in options is underway, as well as planning for a new catalogue and library management system that will include catalogue search improvements to make it easier for our customers.”

    Council’s ‘Be part of our story’ engagement report is available online at www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/lake-mac-libraries.


  • Crime Prevention Strategy now available

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    The Lake Macquarie Crime Prevention Strategy 2015-2018 has been adopted by Council and is now available.

    The strategy was on exhibition for 28 days from 24 March until 21 April.

    Council’s Community Planner Youth and Safer Communities, Tony Ellit, says the strategy shows how seriously Council takes crime prevention as part of the work of maintaining a safer community.

    “The strategy outlines Council’s plans to commit significant resources to working closely with NSW Police and other stakeholders to make Lake Macquarie a safer community.

    “The strategy targets domestic violence, residential burglary, motor vehicle offences and vandalism, which are all crimes that undermine the community’s sense of safety.”

    You can view the strategy here.

  • Have your say on how waste is managed in Lake Macquarie City

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    Lake Macquarie residents are being encouraged to provide feedback on an updated Waste Strategy for the City.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said the Lake Macquarie City Waste Strategy2015-2023 is being developed to help Council achieve its vision of becoming a sustainable and equitable City. It is now in draft form and on public exhibition until 24 August.

    “The Strategy, when complete, will document Council’s waste management direction to 2023 and describe existing and planned waste management facilities and services provided by Council to manage the City’s waste,” Dr Howe said.

    “It will include management practices for the majority of waste streams generated within the City, but as it will focus mainly on household waste, Council is keen to hear from residents about their views on it.”

    Council is also exhibiting the Hunter Region Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery, and is seeking feedback on the aspects of the regional strategy in which Lake Macquarie should be involved. It is also now in draft form and on public exhibition until 24 August.

    Find out more about these waste strategies at http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/draft-waste-strategies or by visiting a drop-in information session at Morisset or Belmont during July.

    Community drop-in information sessions

    Belmont
    Location: Belmont Citi Centre
    When: Saturday, 11 July, 9am-noon

    Morisset
    Location: Morisset Square
    When: Wednesday, 15 July, 3-6pm

  • Cataloguing success – iPad winner claims her prize

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    Congratulations to Kylie Evans of Belmont whose contribution to our Lake Mac Libraries – Be a part of our story – has seen her win a new iPad mini.

    The suggestion to improve our library catalogue by introducing a “did you mean?” function to searching was one of Kylie’s great ideas when she spoke to Council staff at Belmont last month.

    Library Section Manager Jo Smith said that Kylie’s suggestion has been incorporated into planning for a new catalogue and library management system, which is currently underway.

    “The library catalogue is essential to our business. Making searching easier will improve our customer’s experience and access to all Lake Mac Libraries resources and services,” Jo said.

    An engagement report and outline of how Council will continue to plan and improve our library services following the consultation will be available soon, so keep watching this space.

  • Proposal to allow open burning in Lake Macquarie City

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking the community’s feedback on a proposal that will allow owners of properties that meet certain criteria to burn dry, dead vegetation on their land.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said under the proposal, open burning, or pile-burns, on land zoned Rural Landscape (RU2) in the Lake Macquarie Environmental Plan 2014 (lots larger than 4000sqm) will be permitted to manage dead vegetation.

    “Council provides a range of services and facilities for residents to manage excess vegetation, such as a fortnightly green waste kerbside pickup, a twice-yearly bulky green waste kerbside pickup, and green waste drop-off at the Awaba Waste Management Facility,” Dr Howe said.

    “However, owners of larger rural properties have indicated that they have difficulty managing the high volumes of dry, dead vegetation on their land through existing Council services, alone.

    “Land zoned RU2 in the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan is not considered environmentally sensitive and, because of the size of the land, these properties are isolated from neighbouring residences, so the impact of open burning on the environment and public health will be limited.”

    Currently, under the NSW Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation (2010), the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the Approval Authority for open burning in Lake
    Macquarie City.

    Under the proposal, Council intends to ask the EPA to transfer the Approval Authority to Lake Macquarie City Council in certain circumstances.

    The draft Policy – Control of Open Burning describes Council’s proposed approval provisions for open burning in the City.

    The NSW Rural Fire Service will remain the leading agency for assessing bushfire hazards and reducing the likelihood and consequences of fires occurring.

    View the public exhibition materials and give feedback by 3 August 2015.

  • Lake Macquarie City Council ‘fit for the future’ and confident to stand alone

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    As you may have heard, Lake Macquarie City Council submitted a proposal to stand alone and undertake a Council Improvement Project to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), as part of the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future local government reform process.

    The decision to stand alone came after community consultation and a thorough review of Council’s financial sustainability. We are performing strongly and are well placed to provide good-quality daily services that our 202,000 residents expect and rely on. As Council has stated in its previous submissions on the issue, it strongly believes it meets the requirements for a sustainable and efficient council.

    You might like to know that Lake Macquarie residents, community groups and businesses can provide supportive comments and feedback on Council’s proposal to stand alone and not merge with Newcastle City Council, and you can do so by 31 July.

    Our submission is available publicly on IPART’s website at: http://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Local_Govt/Fit_for_the_Future – please scroll down the alphabetical list to find “Lake Macquarie City Council” and follow the link next to it, “Make a submission”.

    Council also made a submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the “Fit for the Future” Local Government reform agenda.

    Should you wish to provide further feedback to the NSW Government on the local government reform process, the Parliamentary Inquiry has an online survey open until 19 July at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QLMRKCJ.

  • Win an Apple Watch Sport by sharing a 'smart' idea with Lake Mac Council

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is asking residents, businesses and industry experts how they think technology could make Lake Macquarie City an even better place for everyone.

    Council is exploring ways to become a Smart City—using new technologies to become a more connected, prosperous and resilient City. Technologies are making it easier for people to connect, share, collaborate, and innovate.

    Council will be consulting with the community until the end of July. The ideas and suggestions Council receives will inform the preparation of the City’s first Digital Economy Strategy.

    And the most innovative and achievable idea will win an Apple Watch Sport*.

    Get involved! Share an idea with Lake Mac City Council online at haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/smart-city.

    Have your say by Friday 31 July.

    Read the terms and conditions.

  • Lake Macquarie City Council ‘fit for the future’ and confident to stand alone

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    Lake Macquarie City Council has endorsed a submission, on behalf of the Lake Macquarie community, to respond to the State Government’s reform of local government in NSW, known as the Fit for the Future program.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Jodie Harrison, said residents and businesses across the City have played an active voice in the local government reform discussions over the past three years, with official survey results, backed up by regular community engagement, indicating that 87 per cent of residents want Lake Macquarie City to stand alone and not merge with Newcastle City Council.

    “Lake Macquarie City Council opposes recommendations to amalgamate with Newcastle City Council because it is not in the best interest of residents in either city, and because it is better for the region to have two large ‘fit’ independent organisations,” Cr Harrison said.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is performing strongly and is well placed to provide good-quality daily services that our 202,000 residents expect and rely on. As Council has stated in its previous submissions on the issue, it strongly believes it meets the requirements for a sustainable and efficient council.

    “Council is committed to undergoing the Council Improvement Program that is available as part of Fit for the Future, which will ensure that Lake Macquarie City Council further strengthens moving forward. This only confirms our confident position to remain as a stand-alone council,” Cr Harrison said.

    A copy of Council’s submission is available at www.lakemac.com.au. It will be submitted by the June 30 deadline.

    Council is also preparing a response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fit for the Future being undertaken by the NSW Legislative Council, which will be submitted by the 5 July deadline.


  • Your say in Lake Macquarie City’s ‘fit future’

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    Residents and businesses across Lake Macquarie City are invited to have an active voice in local government reform discussions, with the delivery of an information pack to all 90,000 properties commencing this week.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Jodie Harrison said Council is in the process of preparing a submission, on behalf of the Lake Macquarie community, to respond to the State Government’s reform of local government, known as the Fit for the Future program.

    Most residents will no doubt have heard something about the State Government’s plans to make changes to the boundaries of local councils across NSW, in an effort to achieve various goals they have identified. Council would like to take this opportunity for residents to comment on how Council responds to the Government’s proposals,” Cr Harrison said.

    Lake Macquarie City Council opposes recommendations to amalgamate with Newcastle City Council because it is not in the best interest of residents in either City, and it is better for the region to have two ‘fit’ independent organisations.

    “Council is committed to undergoing the Council Improvement Program that is available as part of Fit for the Future, which will ensure that Lake Macquarie City Council maintains our strong position to stand alone,” Cr Harrison said.

    Council would welcome our community’s involvement through the online discussion forum and survey, which can be found at http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/our-fit-future.

    The elected Council will consider its response to the Government’s Fit for the Future program in late June, for it to be submitted by the June 30 deadline.

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