Improving the lifestyle and wellbeing of residents is a key focus area for Lake Macquarie City Council under its $367 million draft Operational Plan for the next financial year.
The plan outlines a range of investments in roads, shared pathways, community buildings, swim centres, sports facilities, parks and playgrounds, and other public infrastructure throughout the City.
There are lots of projects that will be of interest to Lake Mac families. These include:
- Completing the new playground, amenities building, dog off-leash park, landscaping and path improvements at Thomas H. Halton Park in Croudace Bay
- Completing the replacement of the Learn to Swim pool at Charlestown Swim Centre
- Completing the Cooranbong playground replacement
- Completing the playground and park upgrade at Alkrington Avenue, Fishing Point
- Completing the replacement of the large picnic shelter at Belmont Foreshore
- Implementing 20 major events for the City that raise the profile of Lake Macquarie and the night-time economy
- Starting playground upgrades at Rathmines Park, including skate park and BMX facilities
- Starting the first section of the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST) from Belmont to Blacksmiths
- Starting the new playground and hit wall at Murrays Beach Park
- Starting the Sugar Valley Library Museum in Cameron Park and the Windale Hub to replace the current Windale library and community hall.
Total spending for the 2021-2022 financial year will be $367.5 million, 42 per cent of which will be spent improving the lifestyle and wellbeing of the City. Of that total, almost $48 million will be invested in roads, drains, footpaths, shared pathways and associated infrastructure providing mobility and accessibility across Lake Mac.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said that once adopted, actions in the draft budget would inject money into the local economy and promote sustainable growth for the City.
“Confidence in the City is returning from what was a difficult time for our community and businesses following the pandemic. This draft Plan sets out many important projects we will endeavour to accomplish in this fifth and final year of our Delivery Program,” Cr Fraser said.
“In the next year the focus will continue on enhancing our City’s lifestyle and wellbeing by building new places to play, new paths to explore our City, making our roads safer, creating more to see and do, and making sure our lifestyle and community remains sustainable for the future.”
Help Council shape Lake Mac by providing feedback on the Lake Macquarie City Council Plan and Budget for 2021-2022. Learn more about what’s planned and share your feedback before Monday 24 May by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/lets-build-together.
Lake Macquarie City Council is also inviting the community to join them to provide feedback on the Plan and Budget at three drop-in sessions on:
- Saturday 1 May – 8am to 10am at Pelican Markets, Pelican
- Thursday 6 May – 4pm to 6pm at Stockland Glendale (near Woolworths and Coles)
- Sunday 16 May – 9am to 11am at Farm to Fork Markets, Morisset Showground.
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