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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.

  • Work begins on $1.4m Morisset playground and fitness zone

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    Work is underway on a $1.4 million Morisset playground upgrade to include children’s play equipment, outdoor fitness stations and new public barbecues.

    The first stage of work, which began this week, involves demolition of the existing outdated playground at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park, with installation of modern, all-inclusive play equipment to follow.

    Lake Macquarie City Council conducted an online community survey earlier this year to determine what kind of equipment locals most wanted to see at the revamped site.

    Their input helped determine the new configuration, including a liberty swing, multi-play station, double bay swing, climbing equipment and rope playground across two separate sections catering for different age groups.

    One section will cater for children aged 2-5, while the second section will be for children aged 5-12.

    Council will also install new outdoor fitness equipment, including a dip station, balancing bench, fitness ladder and monkey bars, and new picnic tables and covered barbecues.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said the new facilities would provide a modern play space for families in Morisset to play and socialise.

    The works comprise the first stage of the Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park Master Plan.

    The project is jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and local development contributions.

    “The Master Plan will deliver new and improved facilities to better serve the greater Morisset community,” Mr Bryant said.

    “In addition to the new, larger playground, the plan also features a skate park, upgraded toilet amenities, native tree plantings and open space for a range of recreational activities.”

    The playground area is now closed for construction and is expected to reopen in April 2019.

    Nearby playgrounds can be found at:

    • Wyee Point Playground – Wymeera Circuit, Wyee Point
    • Pendlebury Park – Grand Parade, Bonnells Bay
    • Cooranbong Park – Freemans Drive, Cooranbong
    • Bonnells Bay Community Centre – Fishing Point Road, Bonnells Bay

    Mr Bryant said Council was seeking feedback from the community on the style of skate park to be built at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park.

    Residents can share their ideas at shape.lakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac. Construction is expected to begin on the skate park in the 2019-2020 financial year.

  • Consultation underway on three new Lake Mac skate parks

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    Community consultation has begun on three new skate parks to be built in Lake Macquarie over the next 12 months.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Community Planning Andrew Bryant said a total of more than $2 million would be spent on the new facilities flagged for Croudace Bay, Morisset and Windale.

    A unified “Skate Lake Mac” community consultation period covering all three sites begins today to seek input on each new skate park’s style and scale.

    “With the appropriate consultation, design and build, skate parks have fantastic potential to activate public spaces and generate significant community benefits,” Mr Bryant said.

    “They promote active, healthy lifestyles, increase social opportunities for users and provide a place for young people to test their limits and learn from their peers.”

    The Croudace Bay skate park will form part of a wider revamp of Thomas H Halton Park and will either replace or build upon an existing skate park on the site.

    In Morisset, a skate park will be part of an expanded Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park, adjoining a new all-inclusive playground and outdoor fitness area.

    Windale’s new skate park will be built in Bahloo Reserve on South Street to replace the former skate park adjacent to the suburb’s PCYC.

    Mr Bryant said the Windale facility would be twice the size of its predecessor.

    “We’re hoping to hear from the community about the style of skate park they want at each site,” Mr Bryant said.

    “That means a choice of street, park, plaza, pump or combination styles. Morisset and Croudace Bay will also have the option of a transition style skate park.

    “However, given the proximity to the ChIP Bowl transition skate park at Charlestown, we’re not looking at that style for Windale.”

    Mr Bryant said undertaking combined community consultation for the three sites would ensure the best mix of facilities throughout the city.

    “Each site has its own benefits, features and limitations,” Mr Bryant said.

    “The common thread across each is our desire to provide the best, most exciting and most inclusive facility possible.”

    People can have their say on each of the three skate parks until Friday 14 December at shape.lakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac.

    The move to expand skate park options in Lake Macquarie follows the September opening of Council’s $1 million ChIP Bowl skate park in Charlestown, and completion of a skate bowl and street-style plaza at Pasterfield Sports Complex, Cameron Park, in August.

  • Master plan to guide development in historic Lake Mac suburb

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    Work has begun on a heritage master plan to guide development of public spaces in one of Lake Macquarie’s most historically significant suburbs.

    West Wallsend was home to more than 6000 people and four booming coal mines at its peak in the early 1900s, giving rise to buildings and infrastructure that still stand today.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Integrated Planning Manager Wes Hain said consultation was underway on a West Wallsend Heritage Master Plan to reinforce and strengthen the suburb’s historic character, and to revitalise its retail and commercial precinct.

    “We want to make sure any revitalisation of West Wallsend is sympathetic to its important and fascinating history,” Mr Hain said.

    “West Wallsend’s significant historical value is already recognised by its inclusion as a heritage conservation area in our Local Environment Plan, but a master plan will provide a blueprint for us to follow over the next 10-15 years.”

    Local mining historian Ed Tonks said the opening of the first colliery in West Wallsend in 1888 triggered rapid growth in the area.

    Within 15 years, the suburb had become home to thousands of miners and their families, with shops, hotels and eventually a steam tramway to Newcastle springing up to cater for the fledgling community.

    Mr Tonks cited West Wallsend as a prime example of how coal mining drove the Hunter Region’s early expansion.

    While the steam tramway and many other features of the early township are long gone, important reminders of that era remain.

    They include the Museum Hotel, the former Northumberland Hotel building and a collection of cooperative store buildings in the heart of the retail precinct.

    Mr Hain said the master plan would include a streetscape plan and separate pedestrian access and mobility plan, both focusing on the suburb’s historic central township around Carrington and Withers Streets.

    “Recent residential and commercial development around West Wallsend have the potential to affect the viability and long-term conservation of the old commercial precinct,” Mr Hain said.

    “But there is a great opportunity here to capitalise on West Wallsend’s rich history and use it to attract investment and business, and to create a vibrant, contemporary retail and commercial precinct.”

    The master plan will cover land owned or managed by Council, including footpaths, local roads and parks, but it won’t address development on privately owned land.

    “The next step is to hear from the community about what is most important to them,” Mr Hain said.

    “This will provide us with the core values and aspirations that will shape the master plan.”

    Public consultation is open until 23 November and includes an online portal (shape.lakemac.com.au/west-wallsend) where people can nominate buildings or items of greatest heritage significance in West Wallsend, list local issues of importance to them and provide ideas on how the suburb’s heritage significance can be better acknowledged.

    A community workshop will be held at Holmesville Community Hall on Wednesday 7 November from 5.30pm-6.30pm to further identify historical issues in West Wallsend. Interested community members can register via shape.lakemac.com.au/west-wallsend.

  • Draft targets aim for a greener Lake Mac future

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    Maintaining a green canopy covering more than half of Lake Macquarie and diverting more than 75 per cent of household waste from landfill are among the 10-year targets proposed for a new draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community input to develop the strategy – an update on the city’s existing Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.

    Acting Manager Sustainability Chris Harle said the time had come for an overhaul of the original ESAP, adopted in 2011 and reviewed in 2014.

    “Lake Macquarie is one of the most liveable and ecologically diverse local government areas in NSW,” Ms Harle said.

    “This review proposes the development of a plan that sets out our strategic directions, key themes and targets, and actions to deliver sustainable outcomes.

    “It looks at how we can continue to protect, sustain and enhance our natural landscapes, from the coast and the lake to the bush, the mountains and the places where urban development and nature meet.”

    Proposed targets for the draft ESS are divided across four broad themes:

    • Protecting and enhancing our natural landscapes;

    • Supporting resilient communities;

    • Creating an even more liveable city; and

    • Valuing our finite resources

    In total, 25 targets are proposed, with a 2027 deadline for reaching them.

    They include:

    • Maintaining at least 55 per cent native vegetation cover across Lake Macquarie;

    • Increasing lake and waterway health by 20 per cent, compared to a 2007 baseline;

    • Diverting 75 per cent of domestic and commercial waste from landfill;

    • Increasing the proportion of land in Lake Macquarie with a conservation status by five per cent, compared to a 2007 baseline; and

    • Doubling the ratio of infill development to greenfield development, compared to a 2007 baseline.

    “These are all important targets towards which we must strive,” Ms Harle said.

    “But this strategy will also cover other aspects aimed at creating a more safe, attractive and inclusive city.

    “Things like increasing the number of homes within 400m of a public transport stop, improving pedestrian access to our economic centres and providing residents with the information and resources they need to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other adverse events.”

    Ms Harle urged the community to complete a survey and provide feedback on the draft strategy via shape.lakemac.com.au/ess.

    A short video outlining the plan is available here.

    Consultation closes Wednesday 31 October.

  • Mount Hutton's future outlined in draft plan

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    Mount Hutton would become an affordable housing hub with easy access to nearby services and facilities under a new plan to guide development and infrastructure in the suburb.

    The draft Mount Hutton Precinct Area Plan is now on public exhibition, with feedback sought on the changes it proposes to cope with the suburb’s growth.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said much had changed in Mount Hutton since the existing Area Plan was implemented in 2004.

    The suburb’s population increased by almost 11 per cent in the five years to the 2016 Census.

    “We’ve seen a lot of new development across Mount Hutton in the past five years and that is expected to continue,” Mr Hain said.

    “This plan provides controls to ensure the effective delivery and design of infrastructure, and the enhancement of key landscape and conservation features of the area.”

    The draft plan outlines construction of new or replacement infrastructure across parts of Mount Hutton, including road renewals, new roundabouts and traffic lights, shared pathways and upgraded stormwater drains.

    It proposes new on-road cycleways along Warners Bay Road, Violet Town Road and Helen Street.

    A new roundabout would be built at the corner of Wilsons Road and Violet Town Road, and new traffic lights at the Merrigum Street and South Street intersection would be installed to cope with increasing traffic.

    The draft plan also covers potential new road links, including connecting Glasshouse Ridge Road to Langdon Way, and separately to Sylva Place.

    However, it suggests removing a previously proposed new section of road linking Wilsons Road and Willow Road.

    Mr Hain said housing density guidelines in Mount Hutton would remain unchanged under the draft plan.

    “The aim is to strike a balance between built form and the natural landscape,” Mr Hain said.

    “A review concluded there was no current need to rezone additional land for medium density development, but a review in the next 5-10 years is recommended.”

    The draft Mount Hutton Precinct Area Plan and a related background study are on exhibition until 5pm Monday 10 September at shape.lakemac.com.au/mount-hutton-area-plan.

    Hard copies are also available at Speers Point, Charlestown, Windale and Belmont libraries, and at Council’s administration building.

  • Have your say on the future Toronto Foreshore

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    Council is seeking ideas from the community to help transform the Toronto Foreshore into an attractive new community, tourist and lifestyle destination.

    The first phase of community consultation for the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan opens today.

    Manager Integrated Planning, Wes Hain, said Council wants to make the Toronto Foreshore a more inviting place for people by improving access and amenities and creating enticing destination points along the waterfront precinct fromGoffet Park to Bath Street.

    “This initial round of consultation is the first of a number of opportunities the community will have to tell us what sort of recreational infrastructure, amenities and environment they would like to see on the Toronto Foreshore,” Mr Hain said.

    “We are looking to revitalise underused areas of waterfront space, enhancing public access and amenities all along the extended foreshore precinct.

    “This is a great opportunity to realise the potential of one of our City’s most picturesque town centres and waterfront areas.”

    The Toronto Foreshore was identified as a priority for improvement in the Toronto Development Contributions Plan. Council has about $9 million in developer contributions to contribute to the project.

    As part of the consultation, the community will also have the chance to have a say on how the mixed-use commercial development proposed for a vacant site at 4 Bath Street and 1B Victory Row integrates with the foreshore precinct.

    Council determined in April to moved forward with the preparation of a design and development application for a medium-density building comprising a mix of residential, tourist and commercial space on the Council-owned Bath Street site.

    Community members can contribute ideas and comments on the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan online at shape.lakemac.com.au/future-toronto or by visiting one of the following drop-in sessions.

    • Wednesday 22 August - Toronto Town Square, 10am to noon.
    • Saturday 1 September - Toronto Farmers and Artisan Market, Toronto Foreshore, 9am to noon
    • Sunday 16 September - Toronto Lions Markets, Lions Park, Fennell Bay, 8am to 11am

    Consultation on the Toronto Foreshore Master Plan will remain open until 9am on Monday 24 September.

  • Major changes outlined in long-term Lake Mac strategy

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    Reinventing town centres across Lake Macquarie and potentially doubling the number of people living and working in the Cardiff and Glendale area are among the bold ideas outlined in a draft strategy to guide the city to 2050 and beyond.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Integrated Planning, Wes Han said the draft Lake Mac 2050 Strategy – now on public exhibition – would guide change across the city for the next 30 years.

    “This document provides a blueprint for long-term public and private investment,” Mr Hain said.

    Plans include:

    • potentially doubling the number of people working and living in Cardiff and Glendale by 2050;
    • orienting town centres in Belmont and Toronto to take advantage of their lakeside location;
    • establishing public transport interchanges at Charlestown, Glendale and Morisset;
    • transforming Morisset into a major centre linking south Lake Macquarie with the Central Coast.

    Mr Hain said the city’s population was expected to grow by more than 23 per cent by 2050, to 250,000.

    “The number of dwellings will increase from 82,595 to an estimated 112,397 in 2050,” Mr Hain said

    “We are already planning for more diverse housing to meet this need, particularly in and near our town and local centres.

    “More housing, transport options, jobs and services in the town centres will drive economic growth, provide easier access to services and give rise to exciting community spaces.”

    The draft strategy also outlines top-line objectives and directions for the city, identifying priority areas for change and investment.

    “These were determined after a comprehensive review of planning studies, community consultation and other research,” Mr Hain said.

    The strategy reinforces the role of Lake Macquarie’s three strategic centres in Charlestown, Glendale and Morisset, with town centres at Belmont, Cardiff, Mount Hutton, Swansea, Toronto and Warners Bay.

    “Local centres such as Valentine and Wangi Wangi, and Caves Beach also play their part in providing a focus for the local community,” Mr Hain said.

    “We are fortunate in Lake Macquarie to have so many centres in attractive locations, close to business, transport and recreational activities,” Mr Hain said.

    “Our aim is to build on what we have, to capitalise on our advantages and create a city where future generations want to live, work, play and invest.”

    Mr Hain said the Lake Mac 2050 Strategy would replace Council’s Lifestyle 2030 Strategy.

    “Lake Mac 2050 has been written to reflect changing State planning policy, feedback from the community and anticipated social, economic and environmental trends,” Mr Hain said.

    “I encourage everyone in Lake Macquarie to look at this document and let us know whether they think we’ve got our priorities right.”

    The draft Lake Mac 2050 strategy is on exhibition for public comment for six weeks at shape.lakemac.com.au/lakemac2050.

  • Draft plan outlines “exceptional” heritage value of former RAAF site

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    A former Catalina “flying boat” base in Lake Macquarie is a nationally significant site with “exceptional” historic value, according to a draft Lake Macquarie City Council Conservation Management Plan.

    Consultants Umwelt Australia were contracted by Council to assess the significance of Rathmines Park, which served as a RAAF seaplane base during World War II.

    Council acting Manager Community Planning Wes Hain said the resulting draft Conservation Management Plan was the first step in creating a future master plan for Rathmines Park.

    “Any future use of Rathmines Park must be mindful of the site’s heritage significance,” Mr Hain said.

    “The site has a fascinating and incredibly significant wartime history, which we wanted to fully understand before moving forward.

    “At its peak, this was Australia’s main seaplane base, responsible for launching airborne anti-submarine patrols right along the east coast.”

    The RAAF operated the base from the start of WWII in 1939 until 1961, with Catalinas and other aircraft moored just offshore.

    Others were hauled onto dry land for maintenance inside the site’s giant hangar.

    Mr Hain said Council and Umwelt had undertaken a number of stakeholder workshops and site visits over the past six months to document the history of the site.

    An assessment of heritage significance within the draft Conservation Management Plan concluded the base overall has historical significance on a national level, being “strongly representative” of Australia’s defence force activities during WWII.

    Rathmines was viewed as a “critical representative example” of a WWII flying boat base and the scale of the surviving elements made it an important benchmark for such sites.

    According to the draft Conservation Management Plan, 230 buildings were erected throughout the life of the base.

    Only 10 remain today.

    Part of the former hangar still survives and is now owned by the Christadelphian Bible School, while Council owns other buildings used for various purposes including a bowling club, scout hall, workshop, music centre and storage sheds.

    The site is also home to a RAAF Catalina memorial, opened in 1972 in dedication to all who served at the base.

    “Council will continue to ensure that any future community or commercial use does not negatively affect the interpretation or appreciation of this picturesque historical site,” Mr Hain said.

    “Now is the opportunity for the community to assist in providing copies of historic photos and documents associated with the former RAAF base.

    “Planning issues will be addressed through the preparation of a draft master plan and plan of management during this financial year.”

    The draft Conservation Management Plan is on public exhibition at shape.lakemac.nsw.gov.au/rathmines-park until Friday 24 August.

    Copies of the draft plan are also available at Council’s administration building and at Speers Point, Morisset, Wangi Wangi and Toronto Libraries.

  • Community input sought for Swansea Local Adaptation Plan

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    Community input is being sought to develop an adaptation plan for flooding in Swansea.

    The process of formulating a Local Adaptation Plan for the waterfront suburb begins on Saturday with the first in a series of community drop-in sessions, at Swansea Markets.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Planning and Sustainability, Alice Howe, said the plan would outline ways to allow people to live and build in Swansea as lake and sea levels continue to rise.

    “Similar Local Adaptation Plans have already been successfully introduced or are under development in other parts of our City and Swansea is the next low-lying area to be addressed,” Dr Howe said.

    “We need to take the lead in preparing for the likely the impacts of climate change. This is particularly important in low-lying suburbs like Swansea.”

    More than 5000 people live in Swansea, according to the 2016 Census. The suburb’s flat topography means it is already susceptible to inundation during king tides and severe storm events, and after extreme rainfall.

    Dr Howe said community input into the Local Adaptation Plan was crucial to determine the best outcomes for local people.

    “New roads, drains and homes built today will likely be around for at least 50 years, so we have to plan for the future now,” Dr Howe said.

    “We want to hear from the local community about their experiences and ideas, and we encourage them to share their local knowledge and any photos that might be relevant.”

    A community workshop will be held 6pm-8.30pm, Tuesday 14 August at the Swansea Centre, 222 Pacific Highway.

    Residents can also complete a survey on the subject at shape.lakemac.com.au.

    Dr Howe said Local Adaptation Plans stemmed from Council’s Lake Macquarie Flood Risk Management Study and Plan, adopted in 2012.

    “This document recommended development of specific Local Adaptation Plans to address flood risks in each low-lying area around the lake,” Dr Howe said.

    “Local government is responsible for managing local flood risks in NSW, so we must take action accordingly.”

    “The Swansea Local Adaptation Plan will identify achievable and affordable actions to prepare for and respond to increased levels of flooding and sea level rise expected in the future.”

    Lake Macquarie’s first Local Adaptation Plan covered Marks Point and Belmont South. A second plan is underway for Pelican and Blacksmiths.

    Swansea Local Adaptation Plan Community Drop In Sessions

    Saturday 28 July 8am-noon: Swansea Markets, Quinn Park, Swansea

    Thursday 2 August 3-5pm: Swansea Public School Hall, Rawson Street, Swansea

    Saturday 4 August 9.30-11.30am: Outside Coles, Pacific Highway, Swansea

    Thursday 9 August 5-7pm: Outside Woolworths, Josephson Street, Swansea

  • Feedback sought on new Morisset playground

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    A two-storey rope play area, wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round and giant spinning pendulum swing are among the options being considered for an exciting new playground in Morisset.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community input into the design of two separate new play areas within Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve – one aimed at kids aged 2-5 and the other for children aged 6-12.

    Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said Council was also seeking feedback on the selection of new outdoor exercise equipment earmarked for the site.

    “We really want to hear from the community to find out what best suits their needs,” Mr Hain said.

    “Listening to input from local residents will help ensure we provide a fun and inclusive space that promotes active, healthy lifestyles and a sense of adventure.”

    The playground areas slated for the north-eastern corner of the reserve form part of a $1.5million revamp of the site, including a skate park, outdoor picnic areas, accessible toilet and a new footpath network.

    Under the current plan, the junior playground will have up to five separate pieces of equipment, while the playground for older kids will have three larger installations.

    The fitness area will include up to four exercise stations.

    “Playground design has come a long way in recent years and there are some fantastic options out there that not only nurture a sense of adventure but also include children of all abilities.” Mr Hain said.

    Options now open for voting at shape.lakemac.com.au include:

    • A two-storey rope play area with slide

    • A spring-loaded see-saw

    • Climbing blocks

    • A wheelchair accessible “wheel-spin”

    • A rotating pendulum swing that resembles a giant Hills Hoist, with seats attached beneath each corner

    Step-ups, a fitness ladder and monkey bars are among the exercise station options.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser said there were a total 18 different pieces of playground and exercise equipment to choose from.

    “It’s simply a matter of letting us know which ones you like the most,” she said.

    “Once completed, the new-look reserve will be a fantastic and valuable asset for western Lake Macquarie.”

    Voting on preferred equipment closes Friday 29 June. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2018, with the new playground and exercise equipment open in mid-2019.

    A drop-in session will be held at the reserve on Wednesday 20 June, with Council staff available to discuss the options.

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