Lake Macquarie Council Meeting Roundup

Filed under Council, Lake Macquarie LGA, News ~ by Press on  25 Mar 2019

Draft after dark plan open for bright ideas

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.

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.

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

Council meeting highlights – Monday 25 March 2019

The full agenda and reports are available at meeting agendas and minutes. The stream of the meeting is online at from Tuesday.

Further donation of water delivery to drought-affected farms

Council approved the donation of a water tanker and driver, up to the value of $15,000, to continue its support for drought relief in affected communities.

Adoption of webcasting of Council Meetings policy

Council adopted an amended Webcasting of Council Meetings Policy.

Code of Meeting Practice

Council endorsed the draft Code of Meeting Practice to go on public exhibition for a period of 42 days. 

Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards

Council accepted the management of the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards in 2019-2021.

Multi dwelling housing Teralba

Council approved a development application for a multi-dwelling housing at 23 Margaret Street, Teralba.

Night-time Economy Policy and Action Plan

Council approved the draft Lake Macquarie Night-time Economy Action Plan to go on public exhibition.

Community Funding

Council allocated $29,085 in funding to community groups and individuals for events and programs that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s wellbeing. The recipients include:

  • Delta Society Australia Hunter Newcastle Branch – We All Need a Little Therapy Dog Walk – $1170
  • Community Activities Lake Macquarie – National Families Week Picnic – $365
  • Community Activities Lake Macquarie – Cardifference Community Festival – $4540
  • Dementia Australia – Hunter Memory Walk and Jog – $1320
  • Allambi Care – Cinema in the Park – $5000
  • Eastlake Youth Centre – Skate park program – $3000
  • Warners Bay Chamber of Commerce – Float Your Boat Activation – $5000
  • Lake Macquarie Open Studios Tour – $5000
  • Toronto Lions Club – Float Your Boat Activation – $3250

Draft Aboriginal Community Plan

Council approved the Draft Aboriginal Community Plan to go on public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

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