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.

  • Plan heralds new creative and cultural vision for Lake Macquarie

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is reimagining the role of arts, heritage and culture in City life and looking to build the City’s creative and cultural profile.

    The bold strategies are outlined in the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027. The most comprehensive plan of its type to be developed for Lake Macquarie, it details more than 80 actions in nine focus areas that will enhance creative opportunities, build jobs in the creative industries and promote Lake Macquarie as a contemporary, innovative and creative City.

    The Plan sets strategic goals for the next decade, including developing the City’s creative economy, enhancing its visual identity through public art, placemaking and architecture, and encouraging towns and villages to create their own cultural identities.

    It also emphasises the importance of celebrating the city’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and championing local heritage and history.

    Council’s Manager, Cultural Services, Jacqui Hemsley, said the plan sets out an ambitious vision for Lake Macquarie.

    “It is a vision that aims to define Lake Macquarie as a centre of community engagement and creative development, focused on connecting with community needs across the spectrum of creative participation, education, pleasure and social interaction,” she said.

    “It will also focus our efforts to build successful creative industries. The arts are a potent force in the economic life of regional areas and have the ability to generate extraordinary economic returns and community benefits.”

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the plan was designed to “enliven places and spaces all around the city and connect us with our past, present and future”.

    “We will also support community-led arts projects that forge our City’s identity as a fun and innovative place where talent thrives and everyone can participate.”

    Council endorsed the draft plan for public exhibition by Council on Monday night and is seeking feedback until 21 August 2017.

  • Thanks for sharing your bright ideas for the new Windale multi-purpose centre over the weekend

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    We gathered some really interesting ideas at the NAIDOC Week event in Mount Hutton on Saturday 8 July. Thanks for the great day, and for sharing your ideas for the new community centre and library. Find out more and get involved in helping us design a new multi-purpose community centre for Windale.
  • June engagement update

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    A new community centre for Windale
    We are building an exciting new multi-purpose community centre in Windale, and we need your ideas!

    The new facility will provide more meeting rooms, offices, a youth activity area and modern library with creative maker space. What would you like to see?

    Complete the online survey by 7 August for a chance to win a $100 local restaurant voucher. We'll be heading to local events throughout July, so come along to share your ideas. Find out more.

    Pelican Boat Ramp - community update

    Over the last few months, we have investigated four alternative options for the replacement of the Pelican Boat Ramp.

    The four options that have been investigated are:

    • Construct a new boat ramp at the existing location including scour protection
    • Upgrade existing boat ramp facilities at Naru Reserve
    • Construct a new boat ramp facility 300m south of the existing Pelican boat ramp
    • Construct a new boat ramp facility adjacent to existing NSW Maritime boat ramp on Pelican Foreshore

    The outcomes of these investigations will be presented to Council for consideration in early August.

    We asked, you said

    Our Future in Detail - adopted by Council

    On Monday 26 June, Council adopted the new Community Strategic Plan and suite of supporting strategies and actions. The Plan was developed in collaboration with our community through one of Council's most extensive engagement projects. View our final strategies for the future.

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft plans during the May exhibition period. See what people had to say about the plans.

    Thomas H Halton Park master plan - adopted by Council

    Council has also adopted a new master plan for Thomas H Halton Park, which will guide the park's transformation into an exciting recreation precinct.

    The community showed overwhelming support for the draft Plan, complimenting the proposed layout and recreational opportunities outlined in the Plan, as well as identifying some improvements that have been incorporated. Take a look at what the community had to say about the proposed master plan.

    Wangi Wangi outdoor exercise equipment

    The Wangi Lions Club, with support from Lake Macquarie City Council, is proposing to install four exercise stations along the Lake foreshore between Wangi Workers Club and Wangi RSL Club.

    Earlier this month, we checked in with the community about the proposed locations. We received plenty of feedback, with many telling us they welcome free and accessible fitness options. Read what the community had to say.

    Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 - final plan adopted

    The final plan has now been adopted, following extensive community engagement in 2016 and early 2017.

    The action plan will be implemented from 1 July 2017 for the next four years. View the final plan here in accessible formats here.

    All the best,

    Have Your Say Lake Mac
  • Council adopts plan to set direction for next 10 years

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    Lake Macquarie Councillors have adopted the new Community Strategic Plan, which guides the future direction of Lake Macquarie City for the next 10 years.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the Plan shares the vision and aspirations for the future of Lake Macquarie and sets out the community’s long-term plan.

    “The Community Strategic Plan is an inspiring blueprint that captures the ideas, priorities and aspirations of our community,” Cr Fraser said.

    “It is the key strategic plan that will guide us as we work to achieve great things for Lake Macquarie City and its people over the coming decade.

    “The Plan was developed in collaboration with our community through one of Council’s most extensive engagement projects; it is the community’s plan and it outlines what we will achieve on their behalf over the next decade.”

    Lake Macquarie Councillors also adopted the Resourcing Strategy, Fees and Charges, four-year Delivery Program 2017-2021 and annual Operational Plan for 2017-2018.

    “These plans map out the strategies and actions we will take to achieve our community’s long-term vision for the City, and detail the works we will deliver over the next 12 months to ensure our City meets the needs of our community,” Cr Fraser said.

    “Council is forecast to spend more than $111 million on capital works projects across the City in the next 12 months.

    “These works include maintenance and redevelopment of our community centres, parks and playgrounds, sporting facilities, swim centres, libraries and cultural facilities. It 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.”

    Snapshot of projects

    · $30 million on road surfacing and upgrades

    · $19.72 million on our parks and playgrounds including construction of the Pasterfield Sports Complex at Cameron Park and upgrades to Speers Point Park

    · $4.74 million on construction and upgrade of local sporting facilities

    · $4.65 million on traffic and transport improvements such as speed humps, school crossings and streetscape works

    · $2.13 million on community building upgrades

    · $27 million on maintenance

    View our strategies for the future.

  • New plan for Thomas H Halton Park given the green light

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    On Monday 26 June, Council adopted a new Master Plan for Thomas H Halton Park at Croudace Bay, which will guide the park’s transformation into an exciting recreation precinct.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said the Plan was developed following extensive consultation with the community.

    “The Thomas H Halton Master Plan reflects the wants and desires of the community, while recognising the opportunities for this area to meet the community’s growing recreational needs,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “Some of the upgrades and improvements included in the Plan include new amenities blocks, an upgraded playground with picnic facilities, a learner cyclist circuit, a skate, BMX and scooter park, outdoor fitness equipment and exercise circuit, an enclosed dog exercise area, and a proposed location for a semi-permanent or permanent cafe.

    “The community showed overwhelming support for the draft Master Plan, complimenting the proposed layout and recreational opportunities outlined in the Plan, as well as identifying some improvements that have been incorporated into the adopted Plan.”

    With the Plan adopted, Council can begin the detailed design process for some of the features included in the Thomas H Halton Park Master Plan. It is hoped the Plan will be implemented within the next three years.

    To find out more about the Thomas H Halton Park Master Plan, go to haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/thomas-h-halton-park.

  • Share your ideas for a new multi-purpose centre at Windale

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting the community to share their ideas of what they would like to see at a new multi-purpose centre at Windale for the chance to win a local restaurant voucher.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said the new facility replaces the existing library and community centre on South Street, and will better meet the needs of the local community. It will incorporate an additional 600m2 of community space, made available from the purchase of an adjacent property.

    “Windale has a vibrant community with strong links to local schools, services and community groups, many of which would benefit from a modern multi-purpose facility,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “The new facility could have a variety of features such as activity and meeting rooms, counselling rooms, a youth activity space, modern library and offices.

    “We are working with the local community and current users of the existing library and community centre to help us prepare a draft design for the new facility.

    “Over the coming months, Council staff will be attending a number of local events to capture ideas and suggestions. We would like the community to tell us how they use the centre, what they like and don’t like about it, and what they would like to see included in the new facility.

    “It is important we get this right, because we know this centre will become a community hub for residents of Windale and the surrounding area.”

    The community can share their thoughts online and find out about upcoming events at haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/2306-windale.

    Surveys submitted before Monday 7 August will go into the draw to win a $100 restaurant voucher at Curly’s Bistro, Lake Macquarie Tavern.

  • Feedback on Our Future in Focus

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    A huge thanks to everyone who has taken part in Our Future in Focus over the past six months. Your intitial review of the draft community goals in February this year set the direction of our long-term community plan and helped form our priorities over the next four years. More than 1,800 people provided feedback on the draft community goals. View the engagement snapshot for round one.

    During May, we invited feedback on the suite of draft plans known as Our Future in Detail. This included our long-term community plan, draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2017-2018, and supporting Budget and Fees and Charges. More than 2,600 people actively engaged in the second phase, by viewing information online, providing feedback and participating in face-to-face discussions as part of Lake Mac Chats.View the engagement snapshot for round two.

    A total of 89 external submissions were recieved on the draft plans, including more than 50 comments on the interactive 2017-2018 works map.

  • May engagement update

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    Our Future in Detail

    Join Councillors and staff in Toronto this week for the final Lake Mac Chat. Enjoy a complementary coffee and find out what's planned for your local area in the coming 12 months.

    Where: Toronto Town Sqaure, The Boulevarde
    When: Thursday 25 May, anytime between 10am - 1pm

    Review Council's draft plans and provide feedback on how well we have responded to community priorities by Monday 29 May. More

    Creating a more inclusive and accessible Lake Mac

    A changing place at Toronto Swim Centre, disability awareness training and a free program of activities to build networks and skills are just some of the actions in the draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021.

    View the draft plan and provide feedback by Monday 29 May.

    Outdoor exercise equipment for Wangi Wangi

    The Wangi Lions Club, with support from Lake Macquarie City Council, is proposing to install four exercise stations along the foreshore between Wangi Works Club and Wangi RSL Club.

    The equipment has been designed to support both a resistance and cardio-based exercise program.

    Provide your feedback on the proposal here.

    We asked, you said

    In April, we asked for feedback on the Draft Thomas H Halton Park Master Plan. There was overwhelming support for the draft plan, with many submissions specifically complimenting the proposed layout and variety of recreation opportunities.

    We recieved 110 submissions, reached 47,000 people online and got 594 likes on Facebook! View the engagement snapshot.

    All the best,

    Have Your Say Lake Mac
  • Exercising in the great outdoors

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    Residents looking to stay fit and active will be pleased to know Wangi Wangi Lions Club with the support of Council, is proposing to install four outdoor gym stations at Wangi Wangi foreshore.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning John Ferguson said the Lions Club has been successful in obtaining grant funding for four static exercise stations.

    “Static outdoor gyms are geared towards low-impact exercise, making it perfect for those recovering from injury or beginning a new fitness journey,” Mr Ferguson said.

    The proposed gym locations will be easily accessible and available for all members of the Wangi Wangi community.

    “Council is supportive of the equipment being installed, we’re just checking in with the community about the proposed installation locations between between Wangi Wangi Workers Club and Wangi Wangi RSL Club.”

    Feedback received by 2 June will assist Council and the Lions Club to proceed with installation in the coming months.

    For more information, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/wangi-exercise.

  • Be in the know with works in your local area

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    Join Councillors and staff for a free sausage sizzle or some light refreshments and find out what’s planned in your local area over the next 12 months.

    Saturday 13 May, 11am-1pm (drop-in any time)
    Where: Belmont South Foreshore

    Saturday 20 May, 11am-1pm (drop-in any time)
    Where: Stockland Glendale Shopping Centre (near Woolworths)

    Sunday 21 May, 10am-noon (drop-in any time)
    Where: Toronto Lions Market, Fennell Bay (look for the Lake Macquarie City Council marquee)

    Find out more at Our Future in Detail.