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.

  • Council unveils $100 million works program for 2018-2019

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    New and improved recreational spaces will be a focus of Lake Macquarie City Council’s capital works program over the next 12 months, with parks, playgrounds, sports fields, swimming areas and a new public art trail among the facilities planned for the growing community.

    Construction of Belmont Baths, Pelican Boat Ramp and Charlestown Skate Park, completion of the Pasterfield Sports Complex at Cameron Park and the installation of artworks for the Creative Lake initiative are among more than $100 million worth of projects forecast in Council’s Draft Operational Plan 2018-2019.

    The Plan also details more than $30 million in roadworks, including the extension of Munibung Road to provide a direct link between Boolaroo and Cardiff.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said Council is keen to hear from the community about the proposals and priorities outlined in the Plan, which has been put on public exhibition.

    “The Operational Plan provides a detailed overview of the works proposed for the City, from small neighbourhood projects to citywide actions,” Cr Fraser said.

    “Works include maintenance and redevelopment of community centres, parks and playgrounds, sporting facilities, swim centres, libraries and cultural facilities.

    “The Plan details our investment for the year in safer roads, better footpaths and cycleways, and new transport infrastructure. We have also set out the projects we will fund to improve drainage systems, deliver better waste management and improve our local environment.

    “We’re inviting the community to find out what works will be done in their area and meet their Councillors at drop-in sessions across the City.

    “These drop-in sessions are an opportunity for our community to review the proposals and share their feedback, as well as have a chat with their local Councillors and meet other people from their area.”

    To share feedback on the Plan or see what’s in store across the City in 2018-2019, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/our-future-in-detail.

    Lake Mac Chats

    Join Councillors and staff for some light refreshments and find out what’s planned in your local area over the next 12 months. Just look for the Lake Macquarie City Council marquee.

    • When: Saturday 28 April, 8-11am Where: Swansea Markets, Quinn Park
    • When: Saturday 12 May, 8-11am Where: Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets, Speers Point Park
    • When: Sunday 20 May, 8-11am Where: Toronto Lions Market, Fennell Bay

    Snapshot of our capital works for 2018-2019

    More than $100 million will be spent on capital works projects including:

    • $31 million on road surfacing and upgrades;
    • $4 million on our parks and playgrounds;
    • $3 million on our footpaths and cycleways;
    • $5 million on construction and upgrade of local sporting facilities;
    • $9 million on traffic and transport improvements such as speed humps, school crossings and streetscape works; and
    • $15 million on community building upgrades

    Key City-wide projects

    • Partner with the NSW Government to complete a pilot project to reduce red tape for development and construction
    • Continue the Awaba Waste Management Facility expansion project
    • Expand free wi-fi at Council facilities and community events
    • Prepare an evening and night-time economy policy for the City
    • Provide a minimum of 2800 cultural programs and activities at Lake Mac Libraries and the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
    • Work with the State and Federal governments to facilitate the development of the North West Lake Macquarie catalyst area for economic and residential growth.



  • Creating a recreational hub in Morisset

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    Lake Macquarie City Council has unveiled revised plans for the new-look Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve at Morisset, including a new location for the suburb’s skate park.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said the updated draft Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve Master Plan responds to community feedback received during the initial exhibition period in 2016, about the proximity of the skate park to local residences.

    “During the exhibition of the original draft Master Plan, we heard a range of perspectives from the community, the majority of whom were in favour of a skate park being built in the reserve; however, there was some concern about it being too close to nearby homes,” Mr Hain said.

    “Council is committed to providing the people of Morisset with a variety of high-quality recreational facilities. In order to deliver on this goal, we are proposing the skate park be included in our plans for the Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve, but placed in a new location that provides a sufficient buffer between the facility and local residences.”

    Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on the revised draft Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve Master Plan. To learn more about the Plan or to submit feedback, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/bernie-goodwin-memorial-reserve.

    Members of the community are also invited to attend a drop-in session at the reserve on Wednesday 9 May, from 10am-noon, where Council staff will be available to discuss the updated Master Plan.





  • Choose your own adventure at Lake Macquarie Variety Playground

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    A mini-mountain bike track, an adventurous climbing net or a sensory area with exciting new swings – what play feature would you like added to the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground?

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain said we know that the Variety Playground is a popular spot for families from across the region, so it is important that the playground equipment remains modern and meets the community’s needs.

    “We know there is a section of the playground that doesn’t have as much activity as we’d like, so we’re proposing three options to reimagine the old maze area, and we’d love the community’s feedback on what they’d like to see,” Mr Hain said.

    “We’ll also be constructing a new picnic shelter, accessible barbecue, bubbler and bin enclosure as part of the project.”

    Be part of choosing your own adventure and share your feedback at shape.lakemac.com.au/variety-playground, on Council’s social media pages, or drop by the playground on Saturday 7 April between 10am-noon.

    Construction is expected to take place as part of our 2018-2019 City works program.
  • Supporting smart technology in Lake Mac

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    What effect can big data and sensors have on liveability in Lake Macquarie? How can urban innovation labs work in our City? Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting all sectors of our community to help answer these questions and work together to create a smart technology guideline for development in Lake Macquarie.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said Council is seeking input from the building industry and community to help create the guideline and find the most practical solutions for inclusion of smarter technology in different types of developments across the City.

    “New technologies are constantly entering the development space and we are looking to connect with our building industry and community to maximise their use in Lake Macquarie developments,” Dr Howe said.

    “Opportunities created through emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, smart homes, open data and environmental monitoring, will generate a more liveable, sustainable and productive City.

    “The guideline will highlight the benefits and local opportunities for including smart technology in local development, and provide a baseline to ensure consistency in how technology is applied throughout Lake Macquarie.”

    Workshops are being held in early April to explore the opportunities for smarter technologies to enhance building development, drive innovation and improve community and sustainability outcomes.

    Workshop details

    Thursday 5 April, 9-11am or 6-8pm

    Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, 13 Park Road, Speers Point

    Register at shape.lakemac.com.au/smart-technology

    Drop in to share your ideas for the guideline and explore the ways smart technology can enhance development and shape Lake Macquarie for a smart future.

    With a number of development control guidelines to support sustainable development being drafted over the coming months, Council is encouraging interested industry professionals and community members to register with shape.lakemac.com.au to stay up to date with the latest information.


  • Making space for our four-legged friends

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    With close to 80,000 dogs registered in Lake Macquarie, we want to hear your feedback on Council’s draft Dogs in Open Space Policy.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said dogs are a valuable part of the family for many residents in Lake Macquarie, so it’s important that Council’s creates spaces that both dogs and people can enjoy.

    “Council is committed to ensuring there's plenty of space for both people and our pets to safely play and be active,” Mr Hain said

    “This draft Policy provides the broad strategic direction for the management of dogs in open spaces across the City, ensuring safety, consistency and the correct balancing of community needs.”

    Feedback can be submitted until Monday 2 April at shape.lakemac.com.au/dogs-in-open-spaces.

    Further consultation will take place later in 2018 during the development of the Dog Exercise Area Standards procedure for fenced and unfenced dog exercise areas and will include standards for quantities, location requirements, infrastructure embellishment and removal.


  • Developing buildings of the future

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting industry professionals and community members to help shape new Sustainable Buildings Planning Control Guidelines, by participating in an upcoming workshop on sustainable development to meet future needs in Lake Macquarie.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said Council is seeking input from the building industry and community to help develop the guidelines and find the most practical solutions to improve building performance.

    “The landscape of the building industry is changing with an increasing demand for more smart and sustainable features in building developments,” Dr Howe said.

    “Creating a set of sustainable building guidelines in partnership with our community and industry professionals, aims to streamline development information and make navigation of sustainable planning controls much easier.

    “This new collaborative approach will ensure the guidelines meet the needs of industry, Council and the Lake Macquarie community, and that all aspects of the development process are considered.

    “Sustainable development reduces resource consumption, can save money and when coupled with high-quality architectural design, it adds interest, amenity and liveability to our suburbs and town centres.”

    Council will be running two community workshops to assist in developing the Sustainable Building Planning Control Guidelines.

    Workshop details

    Tell us what you think should be included in the draft Sustainable Buildings Planning Control Guidelines or for more information visit shape.lakemac.com.au/sustainable-buildings.

    With a number of planning controls to support sustainable development being drafted over the coming months, Council is encouraging interested industry professionals and community members to register with Shape Lake Mac to stay up to date with the latest information.



  • Plan set to soar Lake Macquarie’s potential as a visitor destination

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    The draft Destination Management Plan identifies the key strategies and actions to develop Lake Macquarie’s visitor economy and tourism marketing opportunities.

    The Draft Plan is now on exhibition and Lake Macquarie City Council is asking community members and industry professionals for feedback to ensure the priorities and recommendations are on track.

    Council’s Manager Cultural Services, Jacqui Hemsley, said once finalised, the Plan will assist Council to build and manage the visitor economy for Lake Macquarie.

    “Tourism is an important part of our economy and will play an increasing role as Lake Macquarie continues to diversify and capitalise on the abundant opportunities presented in our City,” said Ms Hemsley.

    “Our superb natural environment, growing number of cultural, sporting and adventure tourism attractions, and our proximity to the international gateway of Sydney are just some of the opportunities to be further explored in the actions of the draft Plan.

    “The draft Plan identifies the possibilities of Lake Macquarie’s visitor economy and ways to package the unique qualities of the City and market them nationally and internationally.”

    “We encourage residents and businesses to review the draft Plan and provide feedback during the exhibition period.”

    Some of the opportunities to be explored include:

    • creating major events focused on the lake;
    • developing other large events, such as sporting and music events;
    • partnering with regional tourism teams;
    • activating the Lake with a touring boat, ferry service and on lake dining;
    • enhancing existing walking trails by introducing supporting commercial facilities, such as pop-up cafes; and
    • developing a dedicated tourism hub offering accommodation, event venues and visitor attractions and experiences within a town centre.

    Are we on the right track? Tell us what you think of our draft Destination Management Plan, view the draft Plan online or find out more information at shape.lakemac.com.au/destination-management-plan.

  • Make a mark on Charlestown Skate Park

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    Want to help shape and name your local skate park? On Thursday 1 March, Council, in partnership with Eastlake Youth Centre, will host a workshop for youth to engage with artist David Cianci, to identify themes that will be used in the artworks to be installed around the soon-to-be-built Charlestown Skate Park.

    The workshop is a great opportunity for young skaters, BMX and scooter riders to give fresh ideas on what should be showcased at Charlestown Skate Park. The night will include free pizza and refreshments, there will be Charlestown Square entertainment passes to be won, and a ‘Name the Skate Park’ competition.

    For more information, check out the Facebook event, and be sure to click ‘going’ to let us know you’ll be there. To learn more about our plans for the new Charlestown Skate Park, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac.

    Date: Thursday 1 March 2018

    Time: 6.30-9pm

    Venue: The Place Charlestown Community Centre, corner of Frederick and Pearson Street


  • Drop-in session at Croudace Bay Sports Complex

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    More than 20 local residents were in attendance at the Croudace Bay Sports Complex on Thursday 1 February, to find out more information from Council staff on the draft Croudace Bay Sports Complex Master Plan.

    The Croudace Bay Sports Complex has been identified as a site capable of having an extra grass field and an extra tennis court in its current footprint. Due to high participation rates in netball locally, an extra court at this site is also proposed.

    Further information about the draft Plan and opportunities to provide comment can be found here. The public exhibition closes Friday 16 February.

  • $64 million plan for new community facilities between Belmont and Moonee

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    Lake Macquarie City Council has unveiled a $63.9 million infrastructure plan for a large part of southeastern Lake Macquarie, which aims to cater for an extra 7250 people by 2030.

    The draft plan, to be funded by developer contributions, includes an upgrade to Swansea Swim Centre, sports fields, parks, playgrounds, library refurbishment, dog exercise areas, community gardens, BMX tracks, cycleways and trails.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the plan proposed exciting new community facilities for the growing area between Belmont and Moonee.

    “Extending the Fernleigh Track to link with a shared pathway through to Blacksmiths, enhancing Green Point Foreshore Reserve with a playground and walking trails, and building a new surf club at Catherine Hill Bay are just a few of the key projects identified in the plan,” Cr Fraser said.

    “The plan identifies 44 open space and recreation projects with a value of more than $54 million, as well as upgrades to community facilities, including the refurbishment of Belmont Library and expansion of the Swansea Combined Pensioners and Community Care Centre.”

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said the Belmont Catchment Contributions Plan details the way developer contributions are collected and how they are proposed to be used by Council to provide enhanced community and recreational facilities.

    “The draft Contributions Plan estimates the number of future residents and businesses, and considers the types and location of facilities that will be needed by the growing community,” Mr Hain said.

    “Section 94 contributions that have been paid and will be paid to Council will be used to fund the facilities in this plan.”

    The Belmont Development Contributions Plan covers the area between Belmont and the southeastern City border, including the suburbs of Belmont, Belmont South, Marks Point, Pelican, Caves Beach, Swansea, Murrays Beach, Catherine Hill Bay, Nords Wharf, Moonee and parts of Valentine and Belmont North.

    A proposal to put the plan on public exhibition was adopted at Council’s Community Development Committee meeting on Monday 11 December 2017 and will go to the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 18 December for endorsement.

    Photo caption: Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, at the Belmont end of the Fernleigh Track. An extension of the Track is proposed under the draft Belmont Development Contributions Plan.





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