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.

  • 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.

  • Sub-committee forms to deal with flood planning

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    The second meeting of the Community Working Group was held last Thursday evening with participants deciding to form a sub-committee to work with Council staff to assess options for mitigating flood risk and drainage problems in the Marks Point and Belmont South area.


    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said that the sub-committee will help speed
    up this phase of the project, where pros and cons of almost 40 management options need to be considered.

    “I am pleased to see that we have a number of passionate community members that have a wealth of experience they are willing and able to share with Council as we try and tackle what is both a sensitive and complex issue like planning for ongoing drainage problems and increases in future flooding,” Sharon said

    “We have residents engineering and building experience who will be working closely with us, and they will be able to report back to the wider working group about the progress they make in filtering and screening management options.”

    Participants also raised concerns about recent media reports on development controls in flood prone areas.  Council staff were able to share information with the group and assure participants that there were no new conditions or general freeze on development.

    “We acknowledge that there are concerns about the effect of controls on the ability to subdivide some blocks, and the effect this might have on property values. These issues will be assessed further as part of developing the Local Adaptation Plan in this collaborative way,” Sharon said.

    The first meeting of the sub-committee is likely to be held in early July, with the next
    Community Working Group meeting identified for late July.

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the Community Working Group, call 4921 0333
    or email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au



  • First meeting of Community Working Group held in Belmont

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    A Community Working Group that will explore options for managing flood risks in Marks Point and Belmont South met for the first time last night.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said last night’s positive session was the first of at least four
    meetings for the working group.

    “It was great to see this group take another step in the process of developing a draft adaptation plan for their area.”

    The group, consisting of 24 residents from the Marks Point Belmont South community, worked  together on a number of workshop activities where they took a closer look at the project’s draft objectives and criteria.

    “Council used feedback collated from previous workshops, community meetings and online surveys to develop the
    draft objectives and criteria,” Sharon said.

    “The group were then asked to test these draft objectives and criteria by applying them to one of the
    management options suggested by their community,” Sharon said.

    “Trialling the objectives and criteria shows us we are generally on the right track so this means we can move forward when we meet again next month to focus more on the management options designed to reduce flood risk.”


    The group will meet again on 12 June.



  • Outcomes from the first Community Working Group - Planning for Future Flood Risks

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    Before discussing the draft project objectives and criteria,
    members of the Community Working Group were asked to take a moment and discuss
    their aspirations for the project, and whether they had any concerns about
    their role in working with Council to develop a local adaptation plan.  The results are collated below.




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

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    Lake Macquarie City Council has developed a 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.

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

    The Draft Operational Plan, with supporting Budget 2014-2015 and Draft Fees and Charges 2014-2015, are based on the Community Strategic Plan 2013-2023 and Delivery Program 2013-2017, which were adopted by the elected Council in June last year.

    “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 focussing 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.

    Review the Draft Operational Plan, Budget 2014-2015 and Draft Fees and Charges 2014-2015. 



  • Have your say on services for Lake Mac’s young and young at heart

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is encouraging feedback on its Ageing Population Strategy 2014-2017 and Youth Strategy 2014-2019, which identify issues affecting seniors and youth in the City, and set priorities and actions to address them.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said it is important for the community to be involved and have input into key strategies of Council.

    “These strategic documents are important in driving the future services and directions for two key sectors of the Lake Macquarie community,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “The Ageing Population strategy outlines a work program that ensures continuous improvement in access to services and facilities for older people, while reporting on the outcomes of the Council’s previous ageing strategy.

    “Council’s Youth Strategy 2014-2019 provides for different spaces and facilities designed for young people, while making sure that young people have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to public life.

    “I strongly encourage all members of the Lake Macquarie community to review these strategies and provide feedback between Saturday 5 April and Monday 19 May 2014, to help us deliver the best possible services now and into the future.”

    To have your say on Lake Macquarie City Council’s Ageing Population Strategy 2014-2017 or Lake Macquarie City Council’s Youth Strategy 2014-2019, visit the website www.lakemac.com.au or drop into one of our Lake Mac Libraries.




  • Learn how to audit your local drains

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    The Pelican-Blacksmiths Sustainable Neighbourhood Group is encouraging residents to audit drains in their neighbourhood throughout April so they can report to Council on problems of design and maintenance.

    Council is holding a how-to session for the Group so interested community members can learn how to undertake a drain audit.

    When: Monday 31 March 2014

    Where: Marks Point Bowling Club

    Time: 5.15pm

    Contact the Pelican-Blacksmiths Sustainable Neighbourhood Group to find out how on lakemacresidents@gmail.com

  • Want to voice your opposition to your community being removed from Lake Macquarie City?

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    Sign our petition.

  • Minister declares Local Event Day for Show Day

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    On Thursday 20 February, the NSW Minister for Industrial Relations declared a Local Event Day for Newcastle Regional Show Day in the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle local government areas.

    This decision followed the Minister's rejection of Lake Macquarie City Council's application for a local public holiday for Show Day. Council made its application in November last year following consultation conducted during August and September.

    Newcastle Regional Show Day, on Friday 28 February 2014, will therefore be a holiday for those employers and employees that have agreed to observe the day in their relevant industrial instrument. A local event day does not prevent those businesses without provisions in their industrial instrument from observing Show Day and, should they choose to do so, they will need to ensure that they have received all relevant information from NSW Industrial Relations.

    Employers and employees will need to refer to their workplace agreements and contracts to determine entitlements, and can contact NSW Industrial Relations on 131 628 for further information on local event days.

    Lake Macquarie City Council will be open for business as usual on Show Day.