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.

  • Help us improve Belmont and Edgeworth libraries and you could win an iPad Mini

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    The community is invited to be part of our story by helping Lake Macquarie City Council drive the transformation of traditional library services at Belmont and Edgeworth into libraries that reflect the needs and wants of the community, now and beyond.

    Council’s Library Section Manager, Jo Smith, said Council and the community have proven that library spaces can be flexible to allow for a variety of programs and events to be delivered, with Cardiff Library being a prime example.

    “The relocation of Cardiff Library last year as a shopfront in Cardiff’s business hub has been a positive step for both library members and Council, with a 71 per cent increase in visitation and 48 per cent increase in loans, compared to last year,” Ms Smith said.

    “It’s important for Council to provide spaces for the community to connect and interact, as Cardiff Library is.

    “Belmont and Edgeworth libraries already provide a significant contribution to their communities, including supporting education and literacy programs and providing recreational activities. To build on the strengths and maximise the potential of these important spaces, we’re inviting the community to give their feedback on how we can make Belmont and Edgeworth libraries relevant now and into the future.”

    The person who provides the most creative or innovative ideas for Belmont and Edgeworth libraries will win an iPad Mini. Terms and conditions of this competition are available on http://www.lakemac.com.au/library-services/terms-and-conditions.

    Be part of our story by dropping in to:

    Belmont City Centre, Tuesday 26 May, 2-5pm;

    Edgeworth Town Square, Thursday 28 May, 2-5pm; or

    Click here to have your say.




  • Council adopts new Warners Bay planning documents

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    Lake Macquarie City Council endorsed new planning guidelines for Warners Bay at tonight’s Council meeting.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the planning documents – Warners Bay Town Centre Planning Framework, Warners Bay Town Centre Area Plan and Warners Bay Town Centre Streetscape Master Plan – show Council’s commitment to ensuring Warners Bay is a vibrant Lake-side destination. After two years of consultation, the plans provide a comprehensive framework for business owners, landowners and customers to contribute to the success of the town centre.

    “The changes outlined include a sunny public plaza with surrounding shops, cafes and apartments, improved walking and bike access to the town centre and foreshore, setback and height controls for future buildings, and car parking,” Ms Pope said.

    Major improvements for streets and public space are expected to happen as new developments occur and provide the catalyst to implement changes.”

    Key proposals in the approved documents include:

    ·public plaza next to the present Post Office, with height controls on surrounding buildings to protect sun access;

    ·widening and improvements to the footpath and outdoor trading areas along The Esplanade;

    ·improved cycling links from King Street to the town centre, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre and the foreshore;

    ·ways to manage parking provision and demand; and

    ·controls for quality buildings ranging in height from three to eight storeys.

    To view the documents adopted by Council, visit http://www.lakemac.com.au/page.aspx?pid=113&vid=10.


  • Council to decide on Warners Bay planning documents

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    Lake Macquarie City Council will consider new development guidelines for Warners Bay at the Council meeting on Monday 11 May.

    “Over the past two years, we have asked people for comments about Warners Bay, online and face-to-face, to learn what locals, businesses and other interested residents of the City believe is important about Warners Bay and how they would like to see the Lakeside town grow and change over time,” said Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope.

    “The documents that will be considered by Council provide a public plaza, improve access between the town centre and foreshore, outline setback and height controls for new buildings, encourage more pedestrian and cycling activity, support business growth, and review future parking needs.

    “These changes are only expected to happen as new development occurs and provide the catalyst to implement changes.”

    Key proposals in the documents include:

    • improvements to paving, street furniture and outdoor trading areas along The Esplanade;
    • provision of a public plaza at the southern end of Postmans Lane;
    • improved pedestrian and cycling links and facilities;
    • ways to manage parking provision and demand; and
    • controls for quality buildings ranging from three to eight stories in height.

    To view the documents being considered by Council, visit http://www.lakemac.com.au/page.aspx?pid=113&vid=10.

  • Your say on Council’s and our community’s vision for the City

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    Lake Macquarie City Council has developed the 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.

    General Manager, Brian Bell, encourages anyone interested in the future of our City to have their say on the draft plan.

    “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, with supporting Budget 2015-2016 and Draft Fees and Charges 2015-2016, are based on the Community Strategic Plan 2013-2023 and Delivery Program 2013-2017, which were adopted by the elected 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.

    To review the Draft Operational Plan, Budget 2015-2016 and Draft Fees and Charges 2015-2016, and to provide your feedback, visit http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/draft-operational-plan-2015-2016 or visit your local library by Friday 30 May 2015.

  • Ideas sought for future use of former Holmesville tennis site

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    Lake Macquarie City Council wants residents, community groups and businesses to have their say on the future use of the former Holmesville tennis site.

    Tennis at the site has ceased and the previous community operating committee finalised their operations in late January. Now is the perfect opportunity to explore ideas for a new use for the land, which includes the former court area, grounds and building.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said the Holmesville area is considered a growth area of the City and the future use of this site must reflect the needs of both current and future residents.

    “It’s important that community spaces are suited to the needs of the local community because that increases patronage and social activity, creates a stronger sense of belonging and provides a meaningful service to residents and visitors,” said Mr Ferguson.

    “We are open to all ideas from the community on the former tennis site. The future use might utilise the existing facilities or involve remodelling or refurbishment. This is the chance for residents, community groups and services providers to share their ideas with Council.”

    After the May 22 deadline for ideas, Council will formalise recommendations for the future use of the facility and keep the community updated on the project.

    The total area of the facility and grounds is 2375sqm and includes two former tennis courts, a fenced grass area and a clubhouse building.

    An information stall will be held on Saturday 2 May, from 11am-2pm at the former Holmesville Tennis Courts, corner of George and Charlotte streets, Holmesville.

    Come along to share your ideas, ask questions and meet Council staff. Support the Mum’s Cottage sausage sizzle with
    a gold coin donation.

    Or you can visit www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/Holmesville, complete one of our postcards or drop into Lake Mac Library’s
    Edgeworth branch to submit an idea. Have your say by Friday 22 May 2015.

  • A + B + C + D = Coastal Zone Management Plan now available

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    Following several months of community and stakeholder feedback, Council’s revised Coastal Zone Management Plan 2015-2023 and Four Year Action Plan are now available.

    The revised Plan incorporates community and stakeholder feedback and includes a greater focus on Aboriginal cultural heritage and improved actions to protect the natural environment and maintain a healthy coastline, while continuing to provide for the recreational use of our beaches.

    “Council’s Coastal Zone Management Plan 2015-2023 aims to preserve and enhance the environmental value of the coastline, estuary and channel amid increased visitation and pressure from urban development across the City,” Manager Sustainability Dr Alice Howe said.

    “Many of the actions within the Four Year Action Plan are the responsibility of Lake Macquarie City Council, but a healthy coastal zone in a growing and active urban community is not achieved by the work of local governments alone.

    “The Plan highlights the collaborative arrangements that we have with State agencies, businesses and residents, who are also key contributors to the ongoing success of coastal zone management within the City.”

    Click here to view the revised Plan and Four Year Action Plan.

  • Crime prevention a high priority for Lake Mac

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    Creating a safer community is a high priority for Lake Macquarie City Council and the community is now invited to comment on Council’s draft Crime Prevention Strategy.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said Council has prepared the draft Strategy – which includes a period of community and agency consultation – in line with the recommendations from Councillors earlier this month, to have a specific focus on residential burglary, stealing from motor vehicles, malicious damage and domestic violence assaults.

    “Council continues to work with a range of organisations to reduce crime in Lake Macquarie City, as well as build and strengthen support networks that provide community education on family welfare and safety,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “Throughout the consultative and community engagement phases undertaken to develop Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2013-2023, residents indicated the importance they place on crime prevention and community safety.

    “The strategy, when completed, will be one response to that and we are encouraging people to provide any feedback on actions within the strategy.”

    To view the strategy and provide feedback, visit http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/creating-a-safer-community.

  • Plans to make Glendale a major regional centre

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    Council is seeking feedback on the draft Glendale Regional Centre Area Plan.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the draft Area Plan provides development controls to guide further expansion of what is an important emerging regional centre, including more employment, retail, entertainment and sporting opportunities.

    “The draft Area Plan proposes new road, pedestrian and bicycle links through the centre, the establishment of an environmental corridor around Winding Creek and additional public open space,” Ms Pope said.

    “The draft Area Plan also supports construction of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange, providing a railway station, new bus station and park-and-ride facility, making it an important transit interchange to meet the future transport needs of the Lower Hunter region.”

    “Public exhibition is an essential step in the preparation of the document, allowing the community to comment on the Area Plan’s content.”

    The community is invited to visit Council staff at Stockland Glendale (outside Target) on Thursday 19 March from 11am-7pm to learn more about the plans for Glendale.

    Visit http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/glendale to provide Council with feedback by Monday 21 April 2015.

  • Coastal residents lend their passion to plan

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    Residents who live work and play on the coast have come together at a series of workshops to hear about Council’s draft coastal zone management plan and have their say on what actions should be prioritised in managing our coastal zone.

    Manager Sustainability Alice Howe said she was pleased that so many residents took the time to review the draft plan and work together on guiding actions for managing our environment and assets.

    “Managing coastal hazards and balancing the competing needs of our environment and recreational activities was a consistent theme across the workshops,” Alice said.

    “Our residents are passionate about ways to maintain community access and enjoyment of our catchment, foreshore and coastline. Their feedback is important as we review the actions in the draft plan and ensure our priorities are in line with community expectations,” said Alice.

    Online engagement will continue until 31 January 2015, and a series of drop in days will be held in January for residents and visitors to the City to comment further on Council’s draft Coastal Zone Management Plan.


  • Help create a safer community for the chance to win!

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    Creating a safer community is a priority for Lake Macquarie City Council and we want to understand how the community views crime in the area and what we can do to make the community safe.

    To help us gain a better understanding, we are asking the community to complete a short survey online at http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/creating-a-safer-community.

    If you complete this survey before 12 December 2014, you will go into the draw to win an iPad.

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