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Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

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 document library and FAQs, and if you can't find what you’re looking for, then please contact us.

Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

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 document library and FAQs, and if you can't find what you’re looking for, then please contact us.

  • New Windale multi-purpose facility concepts on display

    14 days ago
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    A vibrant, inclusive community space is proposed for the Windale multi-purpose facility in new concept plans released today by Lake Macquarie City Council.

    The draft concepts released feature a range of spaces to connect and engage the Windale community including a community lounge room, gathering and activity spaces, study and quiet spaces, and green open spaces.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the new facility will be a safe, flexible and inclusive space for people to connect, learn, create and collaborate.

    “Together with the Windale community we want to create spaces where people can come together to...

    A vibrant, inclusive community space is proposed for the Windale multi-purpose facility in new concept plans released today by Lake Macquarie City Council.

    The draft concepts released feature a range of spaces to connect and engage the Windale community including a community lounge room, gathering and activity spaces, study and quiet spaces, and green open spaces.

    Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the new facility will be a safe, flexible and inclusive space for people to connect, learn, create and collaborate.

    “Together with the Windale community we want to create spaces where people can come together to create, unwind, socialise, experiment and flourish,” Ms Hemsley said.

    The multi-purpose facility will cater for all generations allowing interactive and social activities to exist alongside spaces for learning, wellbeing and personal achievement. A balance of private and collaborative study and creative spaces will feature, as well as a range of exhibition and display opportunities to enhance the local community’s sense of identity.

    “We want to hear from our community, users and service providers about how they would use these new spaces within the multi-purpose facility,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “We developed the draft concepts following extensive community consultation and it’s important for us to continue this conversation so we can understand how these new spaces will be used now and into the future.”

    The multi-purpose facility will replace the existing Windale Community Hall, Community Office and Library in Lake Street, Windale.

    The community can view the draft concepts and join the discussion on how they would use the new spaces at shape.lakemac.com.au/2306-windale.

    Community drop-in session

    Drop-in to the Windale Community Hall to talk to Council staff and Adriano Pupilli Architects about the concept designs and share details about how you might use the spaces proposed for the new Windale multi-purpose facility.

    When: Wednesday 26 June, 4-6pm

    Where: Windale Community Hall, Lake Street, Windale


  • Analysis reveals Toronto Foreshore’s character and connectivity

    about 1 month ago
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    A detailed analysis of Toronto Foreshore’s character and connectivity has been released to the public to shed more light on Lake Macquarie City Council’s proposed vision for the lakeside precinct.

    The independently compiled Draft Urban Design Analysis provides key information that will be used to guide the precinct’s future.

    Council’s Principal Projects Officer Bohdan Laforest said the analysis outlined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the foreshore area, its buildings, topography and vegetation and its connectivity to surrounding streets.

    “The Draft Urban Design Analysis, together with feedback received during phase one of our community consultation last year, will inform...

    A detailed analysis of Toronto Foreshore’s character and connectivity has been released to the public to shed more light on Lake Macquarie City Council’s proposed vision for the lakeside precinct.

    The independently compiled Draft Urban Design Analysis provides key information that will be used to guide the precinct’s future.

    Council’s Principal Projects Officer Bohdan Laforest said the analysis outlined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the foreshore area, its buildings, topography and vegetation and its connectivity to surrounding streets.

    “The Draft Urban Design Analysis, together with feedback received during phase one of our community consultation last year, will inform initial concepts for our Toronto Foreshore Master Plan,” Mr Laforest said.

    “We will be seeking input from the community later this year to help develop concept designs for the foreshore, and how it will relate to the adjoining proposed mix-use development.”

    Another report has also been released following community requests: a preliminary Environmental Constraints Study.

    Mr Laforest said the report compiled in 2017 was part of an initial feasibility study for the proposed development, but no longer accurately reflects the options under investigation.

    “Further analysis and community feedback has indicated that options raised in the Environmental Constraints Study were not appropriate solutions,” Mr Laforest said.

    “However, Council is releasing the document to maintain transparency and to provide further background on the process of creating our Toronto Foreshore Master Plan.”

    The 2019 Draft Urban Design Analysis and 2017 Environmental Constraints Study are both available for download from shape.lakemac.com.au/future-toronto.


  • Roadmap to support local innovators in Lake Mac

    about 1 month ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is focusing its efforts to support local innovation with the exhibition of the draft Imagine Lake Mac: Innovators Support Roadmap.

    The draft Roadmap aligns Council with regional efforts to support local innovators, and they are asking people to share their story on the interactive map by dropping a pin and sharing with Council what they’re working on, the problem they’re trying to solve or how they are helping local innovation collaborators.

    Council’s Deputy CEO Tony Farrell said that recent research shows that the most successful cities of the future will be driven by innovation, which is...

    Lake Macquarie City Council is focusing its efforts to support local innovation with the exhibition of the draft Imagine Lake Mac: Innovators Support Roadmap.

    The draft Roadmap aligns Council with regional efforts to support local innovators, and they are asking people to share their story on the interactive map by dropping a pin and sharing with Council what they’re working on, the problem they’re trying to solve or how they are helping local innovation collaborators.

    Council’s Deputy CEO Tony Farrell said that recent research shows that the most successful cities of the future will be driven by innovation, which is why we need to invest as a City and a community to nurture, retain and attract innovators.

    “Liveability and innovation are very closely linked, so we are lucky in that respect that our City has so many appealing qualities such as our beautiful lake, our coastline, diversity of housing and access to services,” said Mr Farrell.

    “This draft Roadmap lays the foundation to continue improving the liveability of the City, but also drives our focus on developing a co-innovation program, where we can continue to collaborate and partner with innovators and creators.

    “We would like to hear from innovators and creators or anyone who has an idea or project that may be interested in collaborating with Council. A successful partnership could result in the development, testing or implementation of a project or service that helps improve our City.”

    The draft Imagine Lake Mac: Innovators Support Roadmap is on exhibition until Thursday 30 May 2019. Share your feedback by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/innovators-roadmap


  • Help shape the future of Lake Mac

    about 2 months ago
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    Lake Macquarie residents are invited to share their feedback on the draft Operational Plan 2019-2020, after Councillors endorsed the document for public exhibition at Monday night’s Council meeting.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said this is an opportunity for the community to help shape the future of Lake Macquarie ahead of the next financial year.

    “We want to hear from the community about Council’s proposed actions, projects, budget and performance measures for the 2019-2020 financial year,” Cr Fraser said.

    “The draft Operational Plan and Delivery Program has been developed as a result of extensive engagement with our community,...

    Lake Macquarie residents are invited to share their feedback on the draft Operational Plan 2019-2020, after Councillors endorsed the document for public exhibition at Monday night’s Council meeting.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said this is an opportunity for the community to help shape the future of Lake Macquarie ahead of the next financial year.

    “We want to hear from the community about Council’s proposed actions, projects, budget and performance measures for the 2019-2020 financial year,” Cr Fraser said.

    “The draft Operational Plan and Delivery Program has been developed as a result of extensive engagement with our community, and we look forward to continuing to listen to its needs.”

    Organisational Services Director Laura Kendall said the draft Plan reflected Council’s vision for Lake Macquarie.

    “This is certainly an ambitious plan, but it needs to be to serve our community and the growth and prosperity of our City,” Ms Kendall said.

    “Importantly, this year’s Operational Plan will be even more transparent and accessible, with an easy-to-use online map showing projects in each neighbourhood and where they are up to.”

    Cr Fraser urged the community to check out the draft Plan and share their feedback.

    "To continue creating a vibrant future for our City, we need to connect with the people who help make our area such a great place to live, learn, work, play and invest,” Cr Fraser said.

    The draft Operational Plan, including supporting Budget 2019-2020, and the Draft Fees and Charges 2019-2020 are based on the Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 and Delivery Program 2017-2021, which were adopted by Council in June 2017.

    To share feedback on the draft Operational Plan, visit shape.lakemac.com.au

    Let’s chat – Community pop-ups

    Council staff will be out and about engaging with the community, answering questions and listening to feedback on the draft plan at the following locations:

    • Saturday 4 May, 9am-noon, Toronto Town Square
    • Saturday 11 May, 8-11am, Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets, Speers Point Park
    • Saturday 25 May, 8-11am, Swansea Markets, Quinn Park

    Capital works snapshot 2019-2020

    More than $93 million will be spent on capital works projects including:

    • $37.5 million on road works and traffic improvements
    • $19 million on community building upgrades
    • $18 million upgrading City assets and preparing for future growth
    • $4.5 million on drainage and environmental improvements
    • $4 million on construction and upgrade of local sporting facilities
    • $4 million on new footpaths and cycleways
    • $3.5 million on library and cultural facilities upgrades
    • $2.5 million on upgrading our parks and playgrounds

    View the interactive works map to see where some of these works will occur across the City.


  • Future festivals to put Lake Mac on the map

    about 2 months ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council will deliver at least 20 signature events each year under a draft action plan guiding festivals and events across the City.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said the draft Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024 provides a framework to present a diverse range of entertaining, vibrant and engaging events and cultural activities for the community.

    “We are committed to providing opportunities for everyone – regardless of age or background – to experience and participate in our events and festivals,” Cr Fraser said.

    Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said the draft...

    Lake Macquarie City Council will deliver at least 20 signature events each year under a draft action plan guiding festivals and events across the City.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said the draft Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024 provides a framework to present a diverse range of entertaining, vibrant and engaging events and cultural activities for the community.

    “We are committed to providing opportunities for everyone – regardless of age or background – to experience and participate in our events and festivals,” Cr Fraser said.

    Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said the draft Plan is the first step in realising the future direction and growth potential of events and festivals for the City.

    “Successful signature events like the Living Smart Festival, Float Your Boat and the Superboats, already attract more than 110,000 people to our City each year,” Ms Hemsley said.

    “This draft Plan provides a foundation for more great events in Lake Macquarie over the next five years. It covers everything from small events that enable active participation in community life to large outdoor festivals that attract visitors from across New South Wales and beyond.”

    Some of the key deliverables identified in the plan include delivering more than $400,000 in funding towards targeted annual events programs, delivering a minimum of 20 signature/iconic events for the City, developing and promoting a corporate and conference prospectus, and hosting an international signature event with wide economic benefit.

    The community can provide feedback before Saturday 1 June 2019 at shape.lakemac.com.au/event-festival-strategy.

    Snapshot of our event and festival landscape

    • Council produces and coordinates five major events a year, Lake Macquarie Festival, Carols by Candlelight, Lake Mac Big Weekend, Living Smart Festival and Float Your Boat, attracting more than 110,000 participants.
    • Council also partners to facilitate many other events each including Lake Mac City Pro Junior, Music in the Podium, Rathmines Catalina Festival, NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, Port to Port, Loop the Lake, Lake Macquarie Running Festival, Fernleigh 15, Lakefest and the Hunter Track Classic.
    • Since 2015, Council has provided more than $252,000 in funding to support 34 Business Chamber events in Warners Bay, Toronto, Swansea and Belmont.
    • Council funded, through the Community Grants Program and in-kind support, 105 community events in 2017-2018.
    • The Living Smart Festival was named Australian Community Event of the Year for 2017 at the Australian Event Awards.

  • Let’s Talk sessions cover flooding, natural disasters in Lake Mac

    about 2 months ago
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    Expert talks held in Lake Macquarie next month will help shed light on flooding and tidal inundation risks in Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea, and how residents can prepare for natural disasters.

    Expert talks held in Lake Macquarie next month will help shed light on flooding and tidal inundation risks in Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea, and how residents can prepare for natural disasters.

  • Draft plan outlines consistent development contributions for Lake Mac businesses

    2 months ago
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    Commercial and business development in Lake Macquarie will be levied differently under a draft Council contributions plan.

    The draft plan proposes that non-residential development be levied for new public amenities and services based on the value of their development.

    Head of Development and Planning Justin Day said most funds collected from the levy would be allocated for public amenities and services.

    “Under the current system, development is levied based on a calculation of ‘peak vehicle trips’ generated,” Mr Day said.

    “This can create anomalies where relatively small businesses that generate high volumes of traffic are levied disproportionately, compared to the...

    Commercial and business development in Lake Macquarie will be levied differently under a draft Council contributions plan.

    The draft plan proposes that non-residential development be levied for new public amenities and services based on the value of their development.

    Head of Development and Planning Justin Day said most funds collected from the levy would be allocated for public amenities and services.

    “Under the current system, development is levied based on a calculation of ‘peak vehicle trips’ generated,” Mr Day said.

    “This can create anomalies where relatively small businesses that generate high volumes of traffic are levied disproportionately, compared to the value of their investment.

    “And, due to the structure of the contribution plan, in some cases development is not levied at all.”

    The new system, known as the s.7.12 Contributions Plan, features a much simpler, flat fee structure based on the value of development.

    Business and commercial developments under $100,000 will be exempt from paying developer contributions, while those worth $100,000-$200,000 will pay only 0.5 per cent of the total development value.

    Development over $200,000 will contribute one per cent of the total development value.

    “Overall, the number of commercial and business developers levied will increase, but the amount each contributes will generally be significantly lower,” Mr Day said.

    “Adopting s.7.12 also aligns Lake Macquarie with other Hunter councils already using this approach to levying employment-generating development.”

    The draft plan will be on public exhibition at shape.lakemac.com.au/712-contributions from 13 April-12 May.


  • Draft Aboriginal Community Plan on public exhibition

    3 months ago
    Maree edwards with a torres strait islander performer at naidoc week celebrations

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Lake Macquarie will gain better access to services and facilities across the City under a draft five year Council plan.

    The draft Aboriginal Community Plan 2019-2023 Bayikulinan (to act in the future), outlines six key focus areas and more than 50 actions highlighting the successes and challenges of Aboriginal people living and working in Lake Macquarie.

    Council Aboriginal Community Development Officer Maree Edwards said the plan was developed following extensive consultation with the community.

    “The draft Plan highlights some of the positive outcomes that have already taken place in our community, and provides...

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Lake Macquarie will gain better access to services and facilities across the City under a draft five year Council plan.

    The draft Aboriginal Community Plan 2019-2023 Bayikulinan (to act in the future), outlines six key focus areas and more than 50 actions highlighting the successes and challenges of Aboriginal people living and working in Lake Macquarie.

    Council Aboriginal Community Development Officer Maree Edwards said the plan was developed following extensive consultation with the community.

    “The draft Plan highlights some of the positive outcomes that have already taken place in our community, and provides actions to be carried out across Council to address some of the community’s ongoing needs,” Ms Edwards said.

    The six key focus areas outlined in the draft plan are:

    • Cultural awareness and understanding;

    • Cultural celebrations;

    • Elders and people with disability;

    • Culture, country, heritage, language;

    • Children and young people; and

    • Partnerships, funding and support

    Ms Edwards said the draft plan aimed to improve Aboriginal people’s livelihood and cultural values, as well as enhance relationships between Council, community and service providers.

    “We want to build knowledge and understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal culture and heritage, and improve issues still facing Aboriginal people today,” Ms Edwards said.

    “This plan will also help us recognise the achievements of Aboriginal people in our community and the organisations that support them.”

    Census data shows Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders account for 4.1 per cent of Lake Mac’s population – significantly higher than the national average of 2.8 per cent.

    The draft Plan is on public exhibition at all Lake Mac Libraries and at Council’s Administration Building at Speers Point until 30 April.

    Have your say at shape.lakemac.com.au/aboriginal-community-plan.


  • Draft after dark plan open for bright ideas

    3 months ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the community on its draft action plan to help the City grow its night-time economy.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said a healthy night-time economy will improve the liveability of Lake Macquarie and help the City realise its potential as a major economic driver within the Hunter region.

    “To ensure Lake Macquarie City remains competitive and attracts new investment and residents to the area, Council needs to create and support a suitable environment for a night-time economy,” Cr Fraser said.

    “Over the...

    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the community on its draft action plan to help the City grow its night-time economy.

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said a healthy night-time economy will improve the liveability of Lake Macquarie and help the City realise its potential as a major economic driver within the Hunter region.

    “To ensure Lake Macquarie City remains competitive and attracts new investment and residents to the area, Council needs to create and support a suitable environment for a night-time economy,” Cr Fraser said.

    “Over the past 18 months, through a number of community consultations, our community has told us they would like more to do after dark in Lake Macquarie.”

    In October last year, Council consulted with residents and local businesses to gather ideas and feedback about what activities, events and improvements they would like to see in Lake Macquarie City after dark. It was also an opportunity to identify any barriers preventing people from participating in the night-time economy.

    “From this consultation, we have developed a draft action plan, which sets the objectives, priorities and actions for Council to take over the next five years, to allow Lake Macquarie to become a vibrant and attractive night-time lifestyle and business destination in NSW,” Cr Fraser said.

    Some of the actions identified in the plan include:

    • trial creative lighting and other temporary lighting in key locations across the City;

    • investigate opportunities to assist groups to activate public spaces of an evening;

    • explore opportunities for night-time food markets, cinemas and family-friendly events in parks and public spaces; and

    • investigate the potential to extend opening hours for cultural venues and community facilities.

    To share your feedback on the draft Lake Macquarie Night-time Economy Action Plan, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/latemac.


  • Five-year plan outlines major changes for Lake Mac Libraries

    5 months ago
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    Libraries across Lake Macquarie will be overhauled – and in some cases relocated – over the next five years to reflect the changing needs of the community.

    A draft Five-Year Strategic/Business Plan on public exhibition from today calls for Lake Mac Libraries to embrace technology and transform into more active multi-use community facilities, incorporating digital hubs, workshop areas, museum and exhibition spaces.


    Libraries across Lake Macquarie will be overhauled – and in some cases relocated – over the next five years to reflect the changing needs of the community.

    A draft Five-Year Strategic/Business Plan on public exhibition from today calls for Lake Mac Libraries to embrace technology and transform into more active multi-use community facilities, incorporating digital hubs, workshop areas, museum and exhibition spaces.