Have your say Lake Mac

Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

You can find out what issues are currently being discussed and have your say by clicking on the current consultations tab on the right of the screen.

Welcome to Lake Mac City's community engagement hub.

You can find out what issues are currently being discussed and have your say by clicking on the current consultations tab on the right of the screen.

  • April update - Our Future in Detail

    2 days ago
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    Our Future in Detail - is our lens in focus?

    Together we've developed Our Future in Focus, the draft Lake Macquarie Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

    Our Future in Focus is an inspiring blueprint that captures the ideas, priorities and aspirations of the community. It is the key strategic plan that will guide us as we work to achieve great things in Lake Mac over the coming decade.

    To help us get there, we have also developed a draft four-year Delivery Program 2017-2021 and draft Operational Plan for 2017-2018, which sets out the strategies and actions we will undertake.

    ... Continue reading

    Our Future in Detail - is our lens in focus?

    Together we've developed Our Future in Focus, the draft Lake Macquarie Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

    Our Future in Focus is an inspiring blueprint that captures the ideas, priorities and aspirations of the community. It is the key strategic plan that will guide us as we work to achieve great things in Lake Mac over the coming decade.

    To help us get there, we have also developed a draft four-year Delivery Program 2017-2021 and draft Operational Plan for 2017-2018, which sets out the strategies and actions we will undertake.

    See what's planned for your local area in 2017-2018 via our interactive map! More.

    A more inclusive and accessible Lake Mac

    The draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 was developed with the local community, service providers and our partners.

    It sets out a range of actions to develop positive community attitudes, create liveable communities, support access to employment and improve our services.

    View the accessible draft plan and provide your feedback here.

    Thomas H Halton Park draft master plan - feedback closes this Friday!

    Check out our exciting plan for Thomas H Halton Park at Croudace Bay, and tell us what you think.

    It includes an enclosed dog exercise area, upgraded playground, learner cyclist circuit, outdoor fitness equipment and more.

    Have your say on the draft master plan by Friday 28 April. More.

    All the best,

    Have Your Say Lake Mac team

  • Our Future in Detail

    2 days ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the community on the latest Delivery Program and Operational Plan for the City, Our Future in Detail.

    Council’s General Manager, Brian Bell, said the draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan for 2017-2018 sets out the actions we will undertake to achieve the community goals as outlined in the draft Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

    “This plan has been developed through extensive engagement with our community and draws a clear line between our community’s vision, Our Future in Focus, and the strategies and actions Council will take over coming years as we work... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting feedback from the community on the latest Delivery Program and Operational Plan for the City, Our Future in Detail.

    Council’s General Manager, Brian Bell, said the draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan for 2017-2018 sets out the actions we will undertake to achieve the community goals as outlined in the draft Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

    “This plan has been developed through extensive engagement with our community and draws a clear line between our community’s vision, Our Future in Focus, and the strategies and actions Council will take over coming years as we work to achieve it,” Mr Bell said.

    Seven key areas form our community’s long-term vision and provide the structure for this plan.

    “Our Future in Detail sets out the resources we will allocate for each focus area and features a full list of capital works totalling more than $111 million that we aim to deliver during 2017-2018 to ensure our City continues to innovate, adapt and provide for our community.”

    Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser said Our Future in Detail marks the beginning of an exciting era for our City.

    “The Plan maps out the first strategies and actions we will take to achieve our community’s new long-term vision for the City, Our Future in Focus,” Cr Fraser said.

    “I am delighted to see so many initiatives captured in this plan that will bring this new vision to life.”

    To learn more about what’s planned for your local area, and to provide feedback on the draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2017-2018, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/future-in-detail.

    Council’s draft Fees and Charges 2017-2018, draft Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 and draft Resourcing Strategy 2017-2027 are also on exhibition for public comment.

    Snapshot of our capital works for 2017-2018:

    More than $111 million will be spent on capital works projects including:

    • $30 million on road surfacing and upgrades

    • $19.72 million on our parks and playgrounds including construction of the Cameron Park recreation area 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

    Watch our video to find out more.

    Key city-wide projects:

    • Advocate for State and Federal funding for the second stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange

    • Phase 2 green waste services will roll-out to Lake Mac households

    • Improve walkability in our neighbourhoods by developing a ‘walk-score’ tool for our planning

    • Prepare transport management plans for the town centres in most need

    • Deliver a minimum of 2600 cultural programs and activities at Lake Mac Libraries and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

    • Regenerate eight hectares of natural bushland through the Lake Macquarie Landcare program

    • Continue to adapt our City to a changing climate by preparing the Pelican Blacksmiths local adaption plan and various flood studies

    • Bring our history and landscape to life through virtual technologies and interpretation sites across the City

    • Identify key industries, constraints and opportunities for our City’s economic growth

    • Establish two community arts programs in partnership with the local community


  • Lake Macquarie City Council wins LG Professionals Australia award for Shape Your Future project

    18 days ago
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    A Lake Macquarie City Council project that used virtual reality videos of futuristic lakeside scenarios to spark unprecedented levels of community engagement has won an LG Professionals Australia, NSW award.

    The Shape Your Future project asked Lake Macquarie residents what they valued about the city, and the vision they had for its future.

    To prompt discussion on the topic, and to get locals to provide input, the Shape Your Future project used virtual reality animations to depict fanciful scenarios.

    In one animation, set in the year 2050, a man on a hoverboard looked out onto Lake Macquarie to see a... Continue reading

    A Lake Macquarie City Council project that used virtual reality videos of futuristic lakeside scenarios to spark unprecedented levels of community engagement has won an LG Professionals Australia, NSW award.

    The Shape Your Future project asked Lake Macquarie residents what they valued about the city, and the vision they had for its future.

    To prompt discussion on the topic, and to get locals to provide input, the Shape Your Future project used virtual reality animations to depict fanciful scenarios.

    In one animation, set in the year 2050, a man on a hoverboard looked out onto Lake Macquarie to see a super-sized ferry rounding the wind turbines to drop off revellers at the giant waterslide, part of the new promenade entertainment precinct at Toronto.

    While the animation was created for fun, it had the serious purpose of prompting locals to envisage big ideas about what was possible for the city, including such things as future power sources, expanded transport networks, and potential new uses for the estuary.

    Council’s general manager Brian Bell said the community engagement levels achieved by the Shape Your Future project were unprecedented.

    “Through the Shape Your Future project, council reached more than 170,000 people with more than 4000 participating directly in engagement activities that generated 1800 ideas and priorities for the City,” Mr Bell said.

    “Through the use of innovative engagement techniques – from virtual reality to parklets, interactive mapping and involvement of futurists, along with our marketing strategy – we were able to reach as many residents as possible and encourage them to actively be involved in the development of a new vision and set of values for Lake Macquarie City.”

    Shape Your Future won the award for Special Project Initiative.

    Article written by David Stewart and featured in the Lakes Mail on 10 April 2017. Read the full article.
  • Community engagement a winner for Council

    18 days ago
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    Lake Macquarie City Council was announced as a winner in the 2016 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards held on Thursday 6 April for the Shape Your Future project.

    Council’s General Manager, Brian Bell, said Shape Your Future set an unprecedented result for Council in terms of community engagement.

    “Through the Shape Your Future project, Council reached more than 170,000 people with more than 4000 participating directly in engagement activities that generated 1800 ideas and priorities for the City,” Mr Bell said.

    “Through the use of innovative engagement techniques – from virtual reality to parklets, interactive mapping and involvement of futurists,... Continue reading

    Lake Macquarie City Council was announced as a winner in the 2016 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards held on Thursday 6 April for the Shape Your Future project.

    Council’s General Manager, Brian Bell, said Shape Your Future set an unprecedented result for Council in terms of community engagement.

    “Through the Shape Your Future project, Council reached more than 170,000 people with more than 4000 participating directly in engagement activities that generated 1800 ideas and priorities for the City,” Mr Bell said.

    “Through the use of innovative engagement techniques – from virtual reality to parklets, interactive mapping and involvement of futurists, along with our marketing strategy – we were able to reach as many residents as possible and encourage them to actively be involved in the development of a new vision and set of values for Lake Macquarie City.

    “Council is proud to have the hard work and achievements of this extensive consultation project recognised by our peers and we are honoured to be announced as the winner in the Special Project Initiative at the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards.”

    Council also received Highly Commended in the category Community Partnerships and Collaboration for the Hunter/Central Coast Region Illegal Dumping Squad, and in the Excellence in Local Economic Contribution category for its arms-length Economic Development Company, Dantia.

    The NSW Local Government Excellence Awards recognise the excellent contributions, outstanding achievements and innovations being implemented to advance and improve local government in New South Wales.


  • March engagement update

    about 1 month ago
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    Master plan for Thomas H Halton Park

    Draft master plan for Thomas H Halton Park - what do you think?

    A draft Master Plan for the popular park has been developed following extensive community consultation in 2016, and we're keen to hear what you think.
    Proposed upgrades include a fenced dog exercise area, in addition to the existing off leash dog arrangements, outdoor fitness equipment, upgraded playground with picnic facilities and much more.
    Find out more and provide feedback here.

    We asked, you said

    Our Future in Focus - valuable community input

    Thank you to everyone who provided... Continue reading

    Master plan for Thomas H Halton Park

    Draft master plan for Thomas H Halton Park - what do you think?

    A draft Master Plan for the popular park has been developed following extensive community consultation in 2016, and we're keen to hear what you think.
    Proposed upgrades include a fenced dog exercise area, in addition to the existing off leash dog arrangements, outdoor fitness equipment, upgraded playground with picnic facilities and much more.
    Find out more and provide feedback here.

    We asked, you said

    Our Future in Focus - valuable community input

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft 10-year community goals for our City. Overall, community feedback was positive with many telling us their feel comfortable and inspired by the future direction of the City. Feedback has resulted in the re-ordering of several goals, and identified shorter-term actions for further consideration.

    We are now reviewing all feedback as we prepare our Community Strategic Plan and the 2017/2018 Operational Plan, which will be available for comment in May this year. More

    Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan - you want more!

    We asked what art, heritage and culture means to you, how you experience it in your daily life and how you think it can help create an inclusive, vibrant city.

    More than 220 people took the online survey earlier this year. 85 per cent of respondents said they have participated in art and cultural activities in the last 12 months, 12 per cent earn their income from design and 92 per cent would like to see more creative ways to reduce graffiti. 'I like seeing art' is the most popular way for residents to experience art, heritage and culture.

    We are now preparing the draft Plan for exhibition in mid-2017.

    Aboriginal Community Plan 2017-2020 - positive outcomes

    As part of this review, we asked local Elders, community, groups and service providers about local challenges, success stories and ideas for ways Council can contribute or support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. View a snapshot of what we heard.

    The Aboriginal Community Plan, once prepared, will form part of a suite of plans that identify Council's actions in working with various groups, such a children and families, young people, multicultural groups, the ageing population, and people with a disability. More.

    Pelican Boat Ramp - four options to investigate

    Following extensive community engagement, we will now investigate four alternative options for replacement of the boat ramp.
    The community's preference to retain the swimming area was a deciding factor in Council staff identifying alternate options. Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser thanked the community for their enthusiastic participation, with nearly 6000 submissions received through the online survey, community-driven petition and pop-up stalls.

    All the best,

    Have Your Say Lake Mac

  • Council adopts plan to manage flying-fox camp at Blackalls Park

    about 1 month ago
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    Councillors adopted the Blackalls Park Flying Fox Camp Management Plan, which outlines issues and concerns raised by the community and measures that Council will take to reduce impacts on residents caused by the camp.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said the Plan’s focus is on the rehabilitation of land, monitoring of the flying-fox population and implementation of a resident assistance program where appropriate.

    “As part of the development of the plan, a technical analysis of the site was completed and it determined that relocation of the flying-fox camp is not feasible and could have undesirable consequences,” Mr Chapman said.

    “The... Continue reading

    Councillors adopted the Blackalls Park Flying Fox Camp Management Plan, which outlines issues and concerns raised by the community and measures that Council will take to reduce impacts on residents caused by the camp.

    Council’s Manager Sustainability, Dean Chapman, said the Plan’s focus is on the rehabilitation of land, monitoring of the flying-fox population and implementation of a resident assistance program where appropriate.

    “As part of the development of the plan, a technical analysis of the site was completed and it determined that relocation of the flying-fox camp is not feasible and could have undesirable consequences,” Mr Chapman said.

    “The Plan is focused on rehabilitating the land within the site to create more suitable flying-fox roosting habitat away from adjoining residential properties to help reduce the impact on local residents and to monitor the flying-fox population to improve understanding of flying fox behaviour at the site.

    “Works to implement priority actions of the plan have started with vegetation along part of the site’s western boundary removed to create a buffer between residents and bushland.”

    Grey-headed Flying-foxs that are the dominant species at Blackalls Park are protected native animals and are listed as threatened species under NSW and Commonwealth 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.

    The Blackalls Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan was prepared in consultation with affected residents and the Office of Environment and Heritage. The Plan was publicly exhibited for comment in late 2016. More

  • Great outcomes for the Aboriginal Community Plan

    about 2 months ago
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    Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our online survey. Your feedback is now being reviewed by the project team in updating the Aboriginal Community Plan 2017-2020. We expect the draft Plan will be available for public comment by mid-2017.

    Once adopted, the Aboriginal Community Plan will form part of a suite of plans that identify Council’s actions in working with various groups, such as children and families, young people, multicultural groups, the ageing population, and people with disability. View the engagement summary and visit the project webpage to find out more.

    Congratulations to Helen Mayo, our... Continue reading

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our online survey. Your feedback is now being reviewed by the project team in updating the Aboriginal Community Plan 2017-2020. We expect the draft Plan will be available for public comment by mid-2017.

    Once adopted, the Aboriginal Community Plan will form part of a suite of plans that identify Council’s actions in working with various groups, such as children and families, young people, multicultural groups, the ageing population, and people with disability. View the engagement summary and visit the project webpage to find out more.

    Congratulations to Helen Mayo, our random draw winner of a $200 gift voucher to Saretta Fielding’s Art and Design studio. Helen is a passionate member of the community who has been involved in various education and training through TAFE for many years. We hope you enjoy your prize.

  • GoPro winners - Our Future in Focus

    about 2 months ago
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    Congratulations to Kim and Scott who were the lucky winners of a GoPro session 4!

    Kim was randomly selected as our prize winner after completing the short online survey for Our Future in Focus. More than 1,800 people provided feedback on our draft ten-year community goals prepared following extensive consultation over the past six months.

    We are now working to develop actions to help achieve these goals over the next few years. The draft long-term community plan will be available for public comment in May this year.

    Thanks for getting involved.

    All the best,

    Lake Mac Have Your Say... Continue reading

    Congratulations to Kim and Scott who were the lucky winners of a GoPro session 4!

    Kim was randomly selected as our prize winner after completing the short online survey for Our Future in Focus. More than 1,800 people provided feedback on our draft ten-year community goals prepared following extensive consultation over the past six months.

    We are now working to develop actions to help achieve these goals over the next few years. The draft long-term community plan will be available for public comment in May this year.

    Thanks for getting involved.

    All the best,

    Lake Mac Have Your Say team


  • A snapshot of what we've heard lately

    2 months ago
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    Thomas H Halton Park

    Thanks to more than 800 people who shared their ideas for a new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay. We heard from a variety of users about the ways they use the park, what they would like to see improved and opportunities to make it an even better place to spend time.
    The draft master plan will be presented to Council for consideration in early March 2017. See what we heard.

    We've got a plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park

    More than 60 local residents provided feedback... Continue reading

    Thomas H Halton Park

    Thanks to more than 800 people who shared their ideas for a new recreation precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay. We heard from a variety of users about the ways they use the park, what they would like to see improved and opportunities to make it an even better place to spend time.
    The draft master plan will be presented to Council for consideration in early March 2017. See what we heard.

    We've got a plan for play at Charlestown Lions Park

    More than 60 local residents provided feedback on Council's plan to transform Charlestown Lions Park into a popular park for locals. This feedback is valued and will be considered when Council finalises the master plan. See what people said.

    Lake Mac Walks

    We often hear how much walking and cycling is valued by people living in and visiting Lake Mac. Even more so during our recent Lake Mac Walks engagement. We agree and want to make sure we plan better so people can walk more!

    Join us as we hear from an international walking expert, Dr Rodney Tolley and urban strategist Steven Burgess as they lead a program of walkshops and a public forum on 6-8 March. RSVP now.

    Customer Charter

    Thank you for your feedback on the Customer Charter. Like most businesses, we know that our success lies in delivering excellent service to you, our customer. The Customer Charter will be considered by our elected Council at a Council meeting in early 2017.

    New look Warner Park

    We heard from over 300 local residents with ideas for an upgrade to this popular spot in Warners Bay. See what people told us.
  • Future of Lake Mac in focus

    3 months ago
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    Throughout February we are asking for input into our draft long-term goals to make sure they reflect our community's vision and values. These goals will provide the framework for a new Community Strategic Plan, which will guide the City’s growth and change over the next 10 years.

    Our future in focus - creating a long-term community plan

    Over the past month community representatives, together with Councillors and staff, have worked through the many hundreds of ideas and feedback captured as part of our Shape Your Future project, to develop draft ten-year goals for Lake Mac.

    But, have we got it... Continue reading

    Throughout February we are asking for input into our draft long-term goals to make sure they reflect our community's vision and values. These goals will provide the framework for a new Community Strategic Plan, which will guide the City’s growth and change over the next 10 years.

    Our future in focus - creating a long-term community plan

    Over the past month community representatives, together with Councillors and staff, have worked through the many hundreds of ideas and feedback captured as part of our Shape Your Future project, to develop draft ten-year goals for Lake Mac.

    But, have we got it right? Have your say via a quick online survey and you could win a GoPro Hero waterproof!

    Making places and spaces

    Have you had your say yet? We want to know what the arts, heritage and culture means to you, how you experience it from day to day and ways it can help create a more inclusive City.

    Take our survey before 28 February for a chance to win one of two Fuji Instax Mini Polaroid Cameras.

    Aboriginal Community Plan

    We are reviewing our Aboriginal Community Plan and need your input. We are keen to hear about the challenges facing local communities, success stories and ways Council can contribute.

    To be involved in the review, take a short survey online. Submit your ideas by 10 February and you could win a $200 gift voucher to Saretta Fielding's Art and Design.

    All the best,
    Lake Mac Have Your Say team