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.

  • 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.





  • Proposal to nurture sport at Croudace Bay

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the community on the draft Croudace Bay Sports Complex Master Plan.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said the draft Plan sets out a vision for the future development of the sporting facilities at Croudace Bay.

    “Council is committed to providing modern sporting facilities that support the needs of our growing community,” Mr Hain said.

    The draft Plan details new and improved sports field surfaces, sports courts and lighting as well as proposing new and refurbished amenity buildings to service the courts and fields. The draft Plan also includes additional car parking spaces and paths throughout the complex.

    The development works will enhance the range of sporting opportunities accommodated at the complex for residents of Lake Macquarie City and the Hunter Region, now and into the future.

    “The enhancement of the multi-functional sporting precinct at Croudace Bay will help us to nurture local talent as well as provide our community with numerous sport and recreational opportunities.”

    To submit your feedback on the plan, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/master-plan before 16 February 2018.




  • Planning for the next generation of over 55s

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting the community to share their thoughts on how we can make Lake Macquarie an even better place to live as we get older.

    We’re developing an Over 55s Strategy 2018-2021 to set our direction for the next four years and look at ways to support older residents to access Council’s services and facilities and provide opportunities to connect and be active in our community

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said that with more than 30 per cent of our population, close to 60,000 people, aged 55 and over in the City – and this number is expected to grow, Council is committed to engaging our local community to discuss innovative and supportive services for over 55s.

    “We want to connect with our residents to identify key focus areas and actions that will meet the needs of our ageing population and build a strong and healthy community.”

    “To get there, we need to hear from our over 55 community, carers, service providers and residents, about their experiences, what we do well and new ideas for improvement.”

    Thinking of the next generation of over 55s, what are the services and facilities that are important as we age? Would you like to see more free activities, projects to make it easier for people to get around or support to live independently?

    Tell us your ideas or find out more information shape.lakemac.com.au/over55s-strategy before Monday 23 October 2017.





  • Tell us what you want at Charlestown Skate Park

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is creating a new and exciting skate park in Charlestown.

    Together with our community and skating experts, a new design concept for the park has been developed and we’re asking for your feedback.

    Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said the skate park concept needs to suit a wide-range of community users.

    “The park’s concept layout and features need to cater for all experience levels and users, including skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders,” Mr Hain said.

    “We’re asking the community to help us finalise the design by providing feedback on the concept.”

    The concept design features four bowls including a deep, shallow, mini and flow bowl, a hip into bank wall, mogul and spine, and seating, park access and shelters.

    Help shape your skate park, share your feedback by Friday 17 November at shape.lakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac.

    Council is committed to providing quality recreational and community facilities for our residents and visitors to enjoy.

    For more information contact Council on 4921 0333 or email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.



  • Belmont Baths reaches design milestone

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    The re-establishment of Belmont Baths is a step closer, with Lake Macquarie City Council having completed a concept design for the new community swimming and recreation area.

    Council voted in April to build a new jetty and protected swimming enclosure to replace the finger jetty that was destroyed in the 2015 super storm. The new facility will incorporate protective mesh on all three sides, which will encourage people to use the area for swimming.

    “The lake is our jewel and our major recreational asset, so we want people to use it,” Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said.

    “Residents and visitors have been reluctant to do so in recent years due to a perception of danger, so our priority is to create a safe area that can be delivered quickly and will encourage people to again swim in the lake.”

    The new jetty will be 70 metres long, with a 45-metre wide swimming enclosure, which includes an accessible ramp to a deep-water platform. The facility has been designed to minimise impact on the threatened Posidonia sea grass, which grows in Belmont Bay.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain, said the Belmont Baths project also included construction of a new accessible amenities block with aquatic wheelchair storage. The foreshore area will be attractively landscaped, with scope to extend the recreational space in future.

    “Accessibility was a key aspect of the design as we want the new Belmont Baths to be a space that all members of our community can use and enjoy,” Mr Hain said.

    “The baths will be a great facility for people who enjoy swimming or simply relaxing by our beautiful lake.”

    Work on the Belmont Baths project is expected to begin in the second half of next year.


  • How would you eat, meet, work and play in Charlestown’s newest space?

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is upgrading Charlestown's Pearson Street Mall to create a new and inviting smart space, which will form part of the Charlestown Innovation Precinct (ChIP).

    To help the community imagine what this new space could look like in the future, Council is staging ChIPfest, a pop-up event filled with food trucks, technology, live music and more, on Thursday 30 November from 5-8.30pm.

    Council’s Acting Manager Asset Management, Brendan Callander, said that Pearson Street Mall will be re-energised and designed to be a more welcoming and connected community space.

    “Whether it's free WiFi and on-demand electronic bus timetables or more live events and casual catch-up spaces, we'd love to hear what the community and workers in the area would like to see in this re-imagined part of Charlestown,” Mr Callander said.

    Taking cues from the Lake Macquarie Smart City, Smart Council strategy, where the power of technology and ideas are harnessed to improve the lifestyle of our residents, the idea is to develop a pilot precinct where we can test technologies such as ‘plug and play’ outdoor digital kiosks, virtual graffiti walls and live bus maps with real-time timetable updates.

    The location of the smart mall will complement the DaSH hub, the nearby co-working space run by Lake Macquarie’s economic development company, Dantia, expanding the culture of start-ups and innovation to the public area outside.

    ChIPfest is a free event, and members of the community are encouraged to come along and share their ideas.

    You can also take our ‘Tinder tool to Shape Pearson Street Mall’, use the interactive map to provide feedback or find out more at shape.lakemac.com.au/chip.





  • Future of parking in Lake Mac on exhibition

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    Lake Macquarie City Council’s draft Parking Strategy is now on exhibition. If you live in, work in or visit our City, we invite you to give feedback on the Strategy and its recommendations and action plan.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said car parking is a critical element of our transport system and the Parking Strategy provides a long-term strategic plan for the management of parking and transportation across our nine town centres.

    “People are more likely to visit our town centres if they know they can get a parking space, footpaths are provided and are well maintained, and there are regular bus services,” said Ms Pope.

    “The Strategy aims to maximise the use of our existing parking spaces with a few small changes initially, like line marking and better enforcement of short-stay parking spaces and in the future, use of sensors to let people know where vacant spaces are.

    “The Strategy and parking management tools were developed in response to community feedback and best practice research. With more than 1400 comments, the community provided great insight into parking issues and improvements in the City.”

    The draft Strategy provides a wide range of tools to manage parking in Lake Mac. The tools will be used in a variety of combinations to tackle the specific parking challenges in each of our town centres. Some of the tools include:

    line marking of on-street parking spaces;

    time restrictions;

    increased walking and cycling infrastructure;

    the use of smart parking technology;

    demand-based paid parking; and

    additional parking enforcement resources.

    Tell us what you think of our draft Parking Strategy or find out more information at shape.lakemac.com.au/lake-mac-parking. Are we on the right track?

    The draft Parking Strategy will be on public exhibition until Thursday 30 November 2017. A copy of the strategy is available at Lake Mac Libraries branches and Council’s Customer Service Centre.



  • Thanks for your feedback - ideas phase closes

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    Thank you for sharing your ideas and suggestions with us for the new multi-purpose centre in Windale.

    We extend our thanks to the Windale Interagency and Community Alliance, Windale Public School, Eastlake Youth Centre, Centre for Hope, Windale Junior Rugby League and many others who helped spread the word and gather ideas.

    Click through for a snapshot of what we heard

    One of our highlights was the artistic makeover local artist Nicole Harrison and others gave to the Windale postcode, #2306. We love it!

    We are now reviewing all community suggestions and ideas to prepare a draft design of the new facility, which we expect will be available for feedback in mid-2018. Find out more at www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/2306-windale


  • Another successful day capturing ideas for the new Windale community centre

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    A big thank you to the Windale community for having us over the weekend. We received plenty of great ideas for the new multipurpose community centre and library, and even found some time to give the Windale postcode, #2306 an artistic makeover. We love it!

    Click through for more pics.