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.

  • 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.


  • 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