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.

  • Sub-committee’s draft strategy gets the thumbs up from working group

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    After several months of hard work, the sub-committee set up to assess and screen options for managing current and future flood risks, reported back to the wider Community Working Group on Thursday night.

    Following a presentation from two sub-committee members, the working group were enthusiastic about the principles the sub-committee has identified for an Adaptation Plan.  The Community working group and Council’s Manager of Integrated Planning felt an important milestone had been reached.

    “Collaborating with the sub-committee and members of the working group has proven to be really beneficial. We have a deeper understanding of the problems and solutions for Marks Point and Belmont South, and progress has been quicker due to the efforts of the sub-committee who have met on nine occasions,” Sharon said.

    The draft strategy includes constructing seawalls to protect foreshore land from tidal inundation and erosion; filling land to maintain ground levels above the lake and water table; raising and improving the design of infrastructure such as drains and roads to match land filling; constructing new building with floor levels above projected flood levels; and, if necessary in the future, raising older homes above projected flood levels.  The timing of management options is based upon lake levels. As lake levels gradually rise, different management actions will be triggered.

    Feedback from the working group indicated they were pleased with the collaborative approach taken in developing the draft strategy, described by the group as “clear and simple” and based on “logical trigger points”.

    The Sub-Committee will meet again to finalise the list of management options that complement the adaptation strategy presented on Thursday night. A community newsletter will update the wider community on the progress made since early 2014.

    Further community consultation will occur in early 2015 before the draft Local Adaptation Plan is prepared and exhibited. The exhibition period will provide an opportunity for all residents and ratepayers in the local government area to have their say.
  • Residents encouraged to have their say on draft Coastal Zone Management Plan

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is encouraging all residents who live, work or play in coastal areas to have their say on the draft Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Plan.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said the coastal zone is central to the lifestyle of Lake Macquarie residents, particularly the lake and beaches. 

    “It is important that Council hears from local people about their priorities for managing the coastal zone, and that we discuss how we can work together to maintain and improve the coastal zone,” Dr Howe said.

    “The draft Plan consists of a Framework for Implementation, which describes proposed management actions for the next four years, and specific management plans and hazard assessments for the coastline (Part A), the estuary (Part B), which includes the lake and its catchment, and Swansea Channel (Part C).

    “The draft Plan identifies management issues facing our coastal zone and recommends actions that promote a healthy lifestyle, provide recreational benefits, protect our coastal environment and consider both current and future coastal hazards.”

    Interested residents can have their say at one or more community workshops in November, can provide their feedback online, write to Council (council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or Box 1906 Hunter Regional Mail Centre 2310), or visit an information booth in January.

    November community workshop dates and times

    Club Macquarie, Argenton 15 November (estuary) 10.30am-1.30pm

    Swansea Centre, Swansea 17 November (Swansea Channel) 5.30-8.30pm

    Blacksmiths Surf Club, Blacksmiths 19 November (coastline) 5.30-8.30pm

    Morisset Multi-purpose Centre, Morisset 20 November (estuary) 6.30-9pm

    The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan is on public exhibition from 28 October 2014 to 31 January 2015.

  • A study to help realise the potential of Edgeworth

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    Council is seeking feedback on a study of the important gateway to Lake Macquarie that connects Edgeworth and Glendale to the M1 Motorway and the Hunter Expressway.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the Edgeworth Renewal Corridor is a major gateway and a crucial link identified in the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy as an area that can provide for more business and housing development.

    The Edgeworth Renewal Corridor Study presents options for urban renewal and revitalisation.

    “Over the 18 past months, we have engaged online and face-to-face to learn what businesses and residents believe is important about this area, to help guide the redevelopment of the Corridor – how it looks, the housing densities permitted, where  employment will be located and how people will get around,” Ms Pope said.

    Visit http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/edgeworth to find out more, to view the documents on exhibition and to provide Council with feedback on the proposals outlined by Monday 1 December 2014.




     

  • Community workshop and information booths held for Morisset Library and Community Building project

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    Morisset residents have been having their say on the proposed new community building that will house a new library and form part of a civic precinct and social hub.

    A community workshop and two community information booths were held in September with participants identifying challenges and opportunities they see regarding the concept designs, the site location and how the proposed facility could be used.

    Manager Cultural Services,Narelle Reichert, said she was pleased with the level of interest in the community for this project and recognises that there is a lot of passion for, and a strong community connection to, the current Memorial Hall that is proposed to be replaced by the new facility.

    “The feedback we received from the Memorial Hall Trust and the RSL has again showed us that we need to keep working with the community to find the right way forward for this project, to create a facility that is respectful to, and appropriate for, this growing community’s needs,” Narelle said.

    The next steps for the project will include an independent heritage assessment of the Morisset Memorial Hall, further stakeholder consultation and applications to obtain funding for the proposed new building.










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  • Have your say on flood planning in Dora Creek

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling on residents in and near the Dora Creek catchment area to have their say on a new draft flood study, a floodplain risk management study and a floodplain risk management plan.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said it is important for the community to be involved in these studies and be aware of the planning required to protect assets and people in their area.

    “Council has prepared a comprehensive flood assessment for the Dora Creek catchment area, which defines the nature of flood risk and provides management recommendations for more effective flood planning,” Dr Howe said.

    “The studies and plan identify a number of measures that are recommended to reduce flood risks in the catchment
    area and when those measures will be activated, such as setting appropriate levels for development control, identifying works to reduce flooding, and raising community awareness of flood preparedness and emergency response plans.”

    “More than 150 buildings in the Dora Creek catchment area have been identified as being vulnerable to over-floor flooding a 1-in-100 year flood event, so Council feels it is important for local homeowners and businesses to be a part of the preparation and planning and comment on the draft documents.”

    “It is pleasing to note though that the number of at-risk buildings in this area has reduced by 37 since the previous flood assessment in 1986.”

    Interested residents can attend a community information session on Saturday 20 September at the Dora Creek Community Hall from 9am-12.30pm to learn more and have their say.

    The draft documents are on exhibition until Friday 31 October.



  • Have your say on the future of Warners Bay

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    Lake Macquarie City Council wants to hear from people about the draft planning documents that have been prepared for Warners Bay.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said the draft documents recognise that growth and change is needed in Warners Bay, to meet the needs of those who live in, work in and enjoy the town.

    “Over the past year, we have engaged online and during community information sessions at Warners Bay, to learn what locals and other interested residents of the City believe is important about Warners Bay and what else they would like to see in the lakeside town,” Ms Pope said.

    “The documents on exhibition provide controls for good quality buildings, ways to encourage more pedestrian activity, support business growth, better connection between the town centre and foreshore, building heights as well as a central car parking facility.”

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Jodie Harrison, understands there is community concern about future building heights in Warners Bay.

    “Warners Bay is a place where residents from across Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Region come to enjoy the lakeside lifestyle. Council wants to ensure that Warners Bay can respond to future challenges such as population growth and changing retail needs, while becoming an exciting and vibrant town centre that supports more employment and provides additional housing,” Cr Harrison said.

    People are invited to attend drop-in sessions on Tuesday 9 September and Thursday 25 September from noon to 6pm at the Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, and Sunday 14 September from 11am to 3pm at the Warners Bay foreshore podium.

  • Community have their say on concept designs for Charlestown and Swansea Leisure Centres

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    Council’s Leisure Services team are pleased that so many residents had their say on proposed new concept designs for the Charlestown and Swansea Leisure Centres.

    Council’s manager Leisure Services Brad Sutton said the concept designs were met with a lot of enthusiasm and he now looks forward to making sure Council gets the right mix of services at each centre.

    “The concept designs aim to transform our existing pools into thriving leisure centres,and we received a wide variety of responses about what the community liked and didn’t like,” Brad said.

    “There were technical and aesthetic issues raised by survey participants, and we were pleased that the very passionate year-round users as well as occasional users of our swim centres took the time to have their say.

    “We will be collating and analysing all the online and community booth feedback we received during this initial consultation period and seeing what design changes we can accommodate as a result.”

    The leisure centre concept designs include indoor and outdoor pools, gym facilities, and water-play areas, and at Charlestown the inclusion of allied health facilities.  You can view the proposed concept designs at www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/swim-centres

  • Have your say on Morisset community building

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    You can now have your say on eye-catching new designs produced for a new library and community building proposed for Morisset.

    Lake Macquarie City Council has submitted an application for funding from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program to fund the new community building in Morisset, despite technically being ineligible for the program.

    Mayor Jodie Harrison said that number of residents in Morisset is expected to grow considerably with 16,000 more additional people identified to be moving into the Morisset area by 2025.  Important facilities such as the new community building will be required to meet the demands and needs of that growing population.

    “The Morisset Community Building featured in our funding application is shovel-ready and will become the focal point of a much-needed new social hub in the heart of one of our mine-affected City’s main urban centres,” Cr Harrison said.

    The proposed building will be mixed-use development, which will encourage activity throughout the town centre and offer cultural, educational and recreational opportunities for residents in and around the entire area.

    For more information on the proposed Morisset Community Building, go to www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/morisset-community-building.



  • Sub-committee put flood management options through first screening

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    Thirty-nine flood management options being considered for the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan were assessed against some basic performance criteria at the second meeting of the Planning for Future Flood Risks sub-committee last Thursday evening.

    The criteria came from community concerns, and are: ‘will it work’; ‘will it cause unnecessary or irreversible damage to the environment’: ‘will it allow residents and visitors to continue to enjoy the benefits of living near the lake’; and ‘will the benefits clearly outweigh the costs’. 

    Manager Integrated Planning Sharon Pope said that she was pleased the group was making progress by narrowing down the list of management options that will work in the study area.

    “The work that the sub-committee have put their hands up to do is very complex and assessment of options requires consideration of many sources of information.  Narrowing down the options that should be given more detailed consideration is a big step forward for the sub-committee,” Sharon said.

    “We started this meeting with thirty-nine management options developed from community input.  After reviewing these options based on the first four criteria, we have significantly reduce the number of options that we can continue to screen and investigate,” Sharon concluded.

    Options that met the basic criteria include protecting properties by building foreshore levees and sea walls. Options that did not meet the basic criteria, such as ‘will it work’, was a weir across the entrance,
    for example.

    As well as an initial screening of options, the sub-committee discussed the cost of some options and who will pay that cost, and stormwater issues within the catchment.  The wording Council uses to
    describe how flooding will change as sea level rise occurs was discussed.  Council staff gave a commitment to review the use of the terms low and high flood hazard to current and future flood
    hazards where possible. Council will report their findings back to the sub-committee.

    Members of the subcommittee and other residents are planning a field trip around Marks Point and Belmont South later in the month to better understand how the proposed management options may work in the local area.  The sub-committee will also continue to consider the options in more detail at future meetings, where they will look more closely at when and where options might be triggered.




  • Lake Mac staff consultation portal

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    Go to www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/2014-enterprise-agreement to have your say on our proposed enterprise agreement.

    You will need to register and/or login to access this staff only webpage.  If you require assistance, please contact Jenni Donaldson at jdonaldson@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or 4921 0386.

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