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.

  • October engagement update

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    October engagement update


    Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who shared their ideas for the new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay. Following review of community input, we are now preparing the draft master plan which will be available for public comment in the first half of 2017. View the engagement summary here.

    Plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park - draft master plan

    We're planning to transform the existing Lions Park at Charlestown to include a playground, multipurpose courts, amenities block, car park and celebrate the existing Sister City Garden.

    View the master plan and tell us what you like, don't like or would like to see included as part of the upgrade. Find out more.

    LT Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study at Fassifern

    Do you live or work in Fassifern? Your local knowledge and experiences of flooding in Fassifern will help us to identify how floods happen and evaluate possible management options for the catchment.

    Share your photos and take part in our online survey to help us better plan and manage local floods.

    We invite local residents to a community information session on Wednesday 30 November from 6pm. Find out more and RSVP here.

    Provide input into Richmond Vale Rail Trail

    Works to design a concept plan for the Richmond Vale Rail Trail are underway, and you are invited to provide feedback on the proposal.

    We are working with Newcastle and Cessnock City councils on the proposed 32 kilometre trail along the former Richmond Vale rail line between Kurri Kurri and Hexham, along the former Chichester to Newcastle water pipeline between Shortland and Tarro, and through the Hunter Wetlands National Park. Find out more and have your say online.

    How do you rate wellbeing, resilience and liveability in Lake Macquarie?

    Take part in one of Australia’s largest surveys looking at the wellbeing of regional communities, including Lake Macquarie City.

    Complete the survey online before 30 November 2016. If you would prefer a paper version, call 1800 981 499 or email regionalwellbeing@canberra.edu.au.

    All the best,
    From the Have Your Say Lake Mac team
  • Plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park

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    Lake Macquarie City Council would like to hear the community’s thoughts on plans for a new park at Charlestown Lions Park.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said the Plan will help to transform Charlestown Lions Park into a popular park for local residents.

    “We’ve developed a concept design for the park that we believe will provide for the growing population in Charlestown and meet the recreational needs of this community,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “We’re asking for the community to review the proposed plan and let us know what features they like, don’t like or would like to see as part of the upgrade.”

    The concept design for the park includes relocating the war memorial and retaining the sister city garden, and the installation of new linking paths, car parking, toilet block, playground, fenced multi-courts, table tennis and landscaping.

    To view the draft master plan for Charlestown Lions Park and provide your feedback, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/lions-park by Friday 16 December.

  • Residents to provide input on LT Creek Flood Study

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    Council is encouraging local residents to have their say on the LT Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said community consultation is an important feature of the study, which will help to identify community concerns and provide an opportunity to share previous flooding experiences.

    “The community’s ongoing involvement is integral to the flood planning process, so we encourage residents or businesses affected by flooding in these areas to have their say on the draft study and plan during the public exhibition period,” Mr Chapman said.

    “We are particularly interested in receiving flood marks, photographs and records of damages from previous flood events from local residents to help formulate the final plan.”

    To help Council gather data in relation to flood history in the study area, residents in the flood study area are encourage to visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/LT-creek-flood-planning to complete an online survey and share their flooding story before Friday 19 November.

    The Study is aimed at meeting the objectives of the NSW State Government Flood Prone Land Policy and is funded by Council and the State Government’s Flood Risk Management Program.

    LT Creek Flood Study community information session

    Council invites the LT Creek community to attend an information session to discuss the potential impacts and management options for existing and future flooding in the catchment area.

    When: Wednesday 30 November, from 6–9pm

    Where: Charlton Christian College, 43 Fassifern Rd Fassifern

    RSVP online, by phone to 4921 0333 or email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

  • Map your walk

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    Walk to Work Day, Friday 7 October, is an opportunity for Lake Mac residents to develop healthy habits, start walking regularly and tell us where they walk.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said one way for Council to plan for a better walking environment is to identify improved connections to places that people want to visit.

    “We’re asking the community to provide us with information on where they currently walk and where they would like to walk, to get an understanding of missing connections within the City,” Ms Pope said.

    “Planning our local areas so we can walk more is an important step in Council encouraging a healthier lifestyle for residents. It also helps reduce trips by car, which is better for traffic congestion, the environment and us.”

    The feedback provided will helpusidentify and prioritise connections, so that we can plan linkages in the best place for the most people.

    To map your walk, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/lake-mac-walks.

  • Listen to the Future Forum series

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    Thank you to everyone who took part in the Lake Macquarie Future Forum series in September. We hope you found it worthwhile, we certainly did.

    In case you missed it, we recorded our speakers and uploaded their presentation on the Lake Mac City Youtube page.
    • Hunter Research Foundation CEO, Dr Brent Jenkins, discusses the current and future state of the Lake Macquarie economy - listen here
    • Thought Leader for Future Industries at the Tom Farrell Institute, Dr Gary Ellem, discusses the future of the environment in Lake Macquarie - listen here
    • CEO and Creative Director at Ideation at Work, Christina Gerekiteys, discusses the future of our society and wellbeing - listen here
    • Workplace Futurist and Company Culture Architect, Heidi Pollard, discusses the future of Lake Macquarie - listen here

    What happens now?

    The next step is to bring together a group of community-minded people to help make sense of the thousands of great ideas we've received online, at our pop-ups and at the Future Forums. This group will co-author a new City vision and values, which will guide Council's long term plans.

    Over 50 people put up their hand for the Community Reference Group. A group of 20 people will be selected to reflect a cross section of the Lake Macquarie community (based on age, gender, where you live), and they will get underway in October.

    Stay up to date with the Shape Your Future project here

  • The latest on the grapevine

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    Spring has sprung!

    The bees are buzzing and so are we with new projects on the go and plenty of conversations with residents and businesses across the City as part of the Shape Your Future project.

    Take part in our Future Forums series - it's free!

    The eight-part series kicked off on Tuesday night with Hunter Research Foundation CEO, Dr Brent Jenkins, sharing his insights on the future of the Lake Macquarie economy. Listen to his talk here.

    The next forum is on tonight, Thursday 8 September, at Blacksmiths Surf Life Saving Club, with Dr Gary Ellem, Thought Leader for Future Industries at the Tom Farrell Institute. He'll explore the future of Lake Macquarie’s natural environment, and a group workshop will follow.

    The Future Forum series is happening across the City throughout September. RSVP today, seats are limited. More

    Disability Inclusion Action Plan - creating a more inclusive Lake Mac

    We can all play a part in making it easier for people with disability to live, work and play in our City. To make that a reality, we're developing a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021 that will guide our planning and the actions we take now and in the future.

    Do you have a disability? Are you a carer or service provider? Are you passionate about breaking down barriers? Help us create this important action plan via our survey or ideas wall. More

    Draft Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan - for community review

    The draft Plan outlines the issues or concern to the community caused by the presence of a flying-fox camp at Blackalls Park, our response, and measures that will be taken to manage the land and reduce conflict with the local community.

    It has been prepared in consultation with OEH, as well as the Blackalls Park community. We invite your feedback on the draft plan by Friday 30 September. More

    Fun factoid....If we lined up every car in the city, the line would stretch from Warners Bay to Brisbane!

  • Have your say on the draft management plan for flying-foxes at Blackalls Park

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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the local community on a draft plan to manage a flying-fox camp at Blackalls Park.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said the draft Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan outlines issues and concerns raised by the community and measures Council will take to reduce impacts on residents caused by the camp.

    “Over the past few years, grey-headed flying foxes have established a camp at Fennell Crescent, Blackalls Park, and the local community’s lifestyle and the amenity of the area has been impacted,” Mr Chapman said.

    “Flying-foxes are a native species and are protected under NSW and Commonwealth threatened species legislation. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has primary responsibility for regulating the management of flying foxes in NSW, and provides guidelines for conservation and management of flying foxes and their camps.

    “Council has been working closely with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the local community to develop the draft Plan, which provides a framework for managing the flying-fox camp at this location.

    “We are now asking the community to review and submit their feedback on the draft Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan.”

    To view the plan and provide feedback, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/flying-fox-camp-management-plan.

    Submissions close 5pm, Friday 30 September.
  • New tactile bank notes let blind people get a feel for money

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    The new Australian $5 note features a small bump on both of the long sides to assist blind and partially sighted people. For many, this is one of the most significant changes in their lifetime, allowing them to fully participate in society without relying on others.

    'The tactile feature will directly benefit about 360,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision' (SMH, 31 August 2016)

    Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article

    How can Council help make it easier for people with disability to live, work and play in Lake Macquarie? Here's your chance to turn ideas into action as we develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

    Visit our project page to find out how you can get involved.

  • Draft Area Plan for Buttaba Hills South Estate

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    The Buttaba Hills South Estate is 34ha of forested land on the western slopes of Lake Macquarie, with high biodiversity values and a desirable residential environment. The planning challenge for the estate is to balance biodiversity conservation with the demand for new housing in a bushland setting.

    Council has prepared the draft Area Plan for the site with input from the Buttaba Hills South Action Committee, agencies responsible for bushfire, water resources, Aboriginal land management and infrastructure, and following several flora and fauna studies. It provides three options for landowners regarding the future land use and development within the estate.

    On Saturday 10 September the project team will hold a Buttaba Hills South Estate landowner meeting to discuss the draft Area Plan on public exhibition. This is a good opportunity for landowners to find out more about the planning and development considerations for the estate and the options presented in the draft plan. The team will be available to answer questions and assist in making a submission.

    To find out more about the draft Area Plan, head to www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/buttaba-hills-south


  • Help us develop a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan

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    Help make Lake Macquarie a great place to live for all

    We can all play a part in making it easier for people with disability to live, work and visit our City. To make this a reality, Lake Macquarie City Council is developing a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 that will guide our planning and the actions Council takes now and in the future.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council is committed to being an inclusive and accessible City for people with disability.

    “This action plan, developed with the community, will help to identify and break down barriers for those with disability living and working in Lake Macquarie City,” Mr Bryant said.

    “The Plan will assist Council to effectively identify four focus areas and deliver actions that will help to create an inclusive community.”

    The focus areas are:

    attitudes and behaviours;

    liveable communities;

    employment; and

    systems and processes.

    Do you have a disability or are you a carer or service provider? Are you passionate about breaking down barriers for those with disability?

    Council wants you to get involved in the conversation to help build a more inclusive and accessible Lake Macquarie City.

    Have your say via our project page by taking a short survey and adding to our ideas board before Friday 30 September 2016.

    To find out more, contact Council’s Community Planner for Ageing and Disability, Jenny Linton-Webb at council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or call 4921 0333.

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