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, recent Shape Lake Mac media releases 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, recent Shape Lake Mac media releases 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.

  • Council seeks community input for its facilities upgrade works

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling for suggestions and improvement ideas as it plans to refresh and update its community halls and multi-purpose centres across the City.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council owns and operates about 80 community facilities in Lake Macquarie, and users and potential users of these facilities now have the opportunity to let us know how these facilities could be improved.

    “We encourage the community to help inform future decisions regarding upgrades so we can ensure our community halls, multi-purpose centres, and other community facilities meet the needs of residents now, and into the future,” Mr Bryant said.

    Suggestions might include extra storage areas, improved access, a new kitchen, better heating and cooling, or a new shelter and barbecue area.

    All feedback will be considered when developing a program of works to upgrade community facilities across Lake Macquarie City over the coming years.

    Funding for these improvements has come from the actions carried out in the Lake Macquarie City Council Community Facilities Strategy.


  • Have your say on Council’s 2016-17 Draft Operational Plan for Lake Macquarie City

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    It’s time to have your say about what Lake Macquarie City Council does and the issues we will focus on over the next financial year.

    Lake Macquarie City Council has developed its Draft Operational Plan describing the actions that Council will take over the next 12 months to deliver on the community’s vision for our City.

    Council’s General Manager, Brian Bell, encourages everyone interested in the future of our City to have their say on the draft plan and its proposed actions and performance measures by 30 April.

    “This is the community’s opportunity to review the Draft Operational Plan and provide feedback on how well Council has responded to community priorities,” Mr Bell said.

    The Draft Operational Plan, including supporting Budget 2016-2017, and the Draft Fees and Charges 2016-2017 are based on the Community Strategic Plan 2013-2023 and Delivery Program 2013-2017, which were adopted by Council in June 2013.

    “Ultimately, we wish our City to continue to be recognised by our residents, visitors and businesses as a great place to be, where services and lifestyle opportunities are available close to where people live, work and play,” Mr Bell said.

    We are achieving this by focusing on six key areas in the plan:
    • Caring for the environment;
    • Caring for our community;
    • Sport, recreation and culture;
    • Transport, roads and drainage;
    • Urban and economic development; and
    • Civic leadership.
    It is important to Council that the community provides feedback on our actions for the year ahead. Residents can have their say about Council plans ranging from earmarked projects to the coming budget, with the Draft Operational Plan 2016-2017 on display from 2-30 April, 2016.

    To review the Draft Operational Plan 2016-2017 and Draft Fees and Charges 2016-2017 and to provide your feedback, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/draft-operational-plan-2016-2017 or visit your local library or Council’s Customer Service Centre by 30 April 2016.

  • Help Lake Mac design new skate parks at Charlestown and Windale

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling on the community to help design exciting new skate parks at Charlestown and Windale.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said Council is looking forward to working closely with the community and skate enthusiasts to design skate parks that appeal to skateboarders and scooter riders, from beginners to experts.

    “We want the community to tell us what features they would like included in the designs so our skate parks reflect the needs of those interested in using them,” Mr Ferguson said.

    A transitional-style skate park is planned for Charlestown, and will be built across from Charlestown Square, on the corner of Frederick Street and the Pacific Highway.

    A plaza-style skate park is planned for Windale and will be built at South Street. This facility will be twice the size of the recently closed park, located adjacent to the PCYC.

    “Residents can have their say on these future designs by taking a short survey, attending a design session or sending us their ideas,” Mr Ferguson said.

    Visit www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac or check out #skatelakemac on instagram. Tell us your idea and you can win a GoPro, a skate shop voucher or a skate deck.

    Have your say by 8 May 2016.

    Skate Park Design Sessions

    Drop by, share your ideas and enjoy some pizza:

    • Windale PCYC, Friday 8 April, 3.30-5.30pm
    • The Place, Thursday 21 April, 8-9pm
    • Charlestown Oval, Saturday 30 April, 10-noon


  • City’s first Local Adaption Plan adopted by Council

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    Lake Macquarie City Council has tonight adopted a Local Adaptation Plan for Marks Point and Belmont South, which will allow people to continue to live and build in these areas, as sea and lake levels continue to rise.

    Over the past two years, Council has worked with local residents, landowners, utility providers, local business, and the staff of the Office of Environment and Heritage to develop one of the first Local Adaptation Plans in Australia.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the plan identifies a set of achievable and cost-effective actions to be taken over the next ten years to prepare for and respond to increased levels of flooding and gradual Lake level rise.

    “These actions lay the foundation for a strategy on hazard management, land use planning and asset planning to the end of the century,” Ms Pope said.

    Actions identified in the Plan include constructing revetments to protect the foreshore from erosion, filling land progressively to maintain ground levels above the Lake, raising and improving the design of infrastructure, constructing floors of new buildings above projected flood levels and raising old homes above projected flood levels.

    The collaborative process undertaken in preparation of this Plan is now being used to assist the communities of Pelican and Blacksmiths address future flood and coastal risks.

    “We have learnt a lot from working with the community on this plan, and expect to start similar projects in the next few years for other low-lying areas around the Lake including Pelican, Blacksmiths, Swansea and Dora Creek,” Ms Pope said.

    “We are in the first stage of preparing a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths.

    “Residents are encouraged to attend a question and answer session with Council staff and independent experts in coastal processes and flood risk management on Thursday evening, to learn about the effect of sea level rise on our coast and the Lake.”

    Learn more information about the upcoming Q&A event or register your interest by visiting http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/futurepelicanblacksmiths or calling Council on 4921 0333.


  • Lake Mac takes significant step in becoming a Smart City

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    Lake Macquarie City Council has laid the foundation for creating a more connected, innovative and resilient city, with the adoption of the Lake Mac Smart City, Smart Council Digital Economy Strategy.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the strategy identifies 18 initiatives that will help boost the local economy, improve Council’s performance, and ultimately enhance the lifestyle of residents.

    “Through consultation with local businesses, selected government agencies and the community, we have identified ways to embrace smart infrastructure technologies and address the demands of an increasingly digitally literate community,” Ms Pope said.

    As part of the Strategy, Council will be using video content when publishing Council news, is investigating the use of solar-powered mobile device recharging benches at parks, has introduced smart meters and solar panels at community facilities and is supporting Dantia’s co-working space.

    Other initiatives identified in the Strategy include rolling out free Wi-Fi in Council operated spaces, developing an online tool to improve community access to property flood information and conditions, implementing smart infrastructure and smart systems and investigating options for replacing Council’s ageing mobile library.

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

    Lake Macquarie has been featured in the Australian Smart Communities Association’s guide, Concepts and Considerations for the Future of Smart Communities, which recognises some of the best examples of Smart Community thinking in Australia and New Zealand.

    “It is fantastic to be featured for smart community leadership, for our collaborative approach to preparing the Strategy,” Ms Pope said.

    “Council consulted extensively with the community as part of this Strategy and received 300 ideas on how the use of digital technology could make Lake Macquarie an even better place for everyone.”

    The Australian Smart Communities Association defines smart community leadership as proactive engagement of the community to make the best choices in growing the local economy, promoting a sense of place through enhancing liveability and selecting the right tools to do this.

    You can view the Strategy online at www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/smart-city.


  • Your Say on the future of Belmont Foreshore

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community feedback on the future of Belmont Foreshore after damage from last year’s April storms caused the existing bathing enclosure to have to be
    removed.

    As part of the review, Council will consider a number of options before deciding what type of swimming
    enclosure, if any, might best suit the area.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said it is important to consult the community before making a final decision.

    “Prior to the April storms last year, the area had a one-sided finger jetty and metal ropes that created a designated swimming zone,” he said.

    "But before we decide if replacing like-for-like is the best option, we need to understand how our residents feel about swimming at Belmont foreshore and how often they do so,” he said.

    “Likewise, if they do not swim there we need to know what might be stopping them. That way we can make an informed, cost-effective decision that best suits the needs of our community.”

    Some of the options Council will consider include leaving the area as open water, creating a vessel exclusion zone, installation of eco-netting, a like-for-like replacement, and construction of a three-sided enclosure.

    "Our final decision must be reflective of the needs of the community, as well as the cost of implementing and maintaining a structure, should we create one,” Mr Ferguson said.

    The survey will close on Thursday, 31 March.


  • Next step in Lake Mac's 3-Bin Waste Service

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    Lake Mac is preparing for the move to the next step in our 3-bin waste service, when all food scraps can go in your green waste bin with your garden waste.

    We would like your feedback on the look, feel and wording of the communication options we have created – please complete this survey and tell us which options your like best.

    When this next step happens, green waste bins will be emptied each week and garbage bins and recycling bins will be emptied each fortnight (on alternate weeks). This will lead to a big reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill, and will allow us to manage our community’s waste in the most cost effective way for the long term.

    Please complete our survey on communication options for this change. We have included some background information about the upcoming changes to Lake Mac’s 3-bin waste service and the development of the communications strategy.

    You'll be asked some questions about words, images and options presented.

    The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.


  • Learn more about Council’s plans for the Glendale streetscape

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling on residents and businesses to have their say on the Draft Glendale Streetscape Master Plan.

    Council’s Manager City Projects, Adam Wakeman, said the result will be a ‘road map’ for landscaping and beautification of the Glendale town centre.

    “The Draft Streetscape Master Plan recognises the spirit of Glendale as a Dynamic Services Hub. One of the areas the plan focuses on is improving pedestrian accessibility and creating a connected town centre,” Mr Wakeman said.

    “The town centre has many modern services, community facilities and retail and commercial businesses, and Council is committed to working with local residents and businesses to deliver a Master Plan that will build on Glendale’s existing character.

    “The Draft Plan will ensure the town centre provides vibrant, safe and enjoyable places for visitors and locals to enjoy.”

    Some of the proposed works include improving pedestrian accessibility and safety throughout the centre, linking the town with the natural environment, increasing native vegetation and reducing street clutter. The plan will enhance the character of the Glendale town centre by providing opportunities for public art, high quality furniture, street trees, lighting and paving.

    The Draft Glendale Streetscape Master Plan is now on public exhibition until Friday 18 March and is available to view online here.

    We welcome your feedback! Please let us know what you think of the draft plan by completing an online feedback form or by sending a submission to council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point 2284.


  • Have Your Say Lake Mac gets a facelift

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is pleased to launch its new-look consultation portal.

    On the site, you can register to be part of our online community and get involved in projects that matter to you.

    Lake Mac Have Your Say is your online community engagement portal, providing you with the opportunity to provide real input and direction into a broad range of local projects and programs.

    We encourage you to explore the site and get involved in our consultations, give us your feedback and learn about the projects happening in your local area.


  • Have your say on the future of the Hunter Sports Centre

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is encouraging the community and current users of the Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale to complete an online survey to help shape the future of the regional sporting venue.

    The Hunter Sports Centre Board is working with Council to investigate potential improvements that could help us deliver more services to the community and ensure the Centre remains a sustainable community facility.

    Complete the online survey to help Council and the Hunter Sports Centre Board understand the current and future needs and priorities for the Centre and let us know how the facility can be improved and what services you would like to see should the Centre be expanded.

    The survey will close on Friday, 29 January 2016.

    For more information, contact the Hunter Sports Centre on 4953 6366.

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