Lake City News

Filed under Lake Macquarie, News ~ by Press on  25 Aug 2019

Input into Lake City Council planning matters made clearer.

How people can have their say on planning matters, such as Development Applications, planning proposals and strategies is now much clearer.

The draft Community Participation Plan explains how and when Council will engage with the community across the planning functions it performs under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Council’s Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said the plan ensures the community knows how and when they can provide feedback on planning decisions that could affect their future.

Planning matters can often be complicated, however the intention is to make it easier and clearer for our community to understand planning processes and when they can have their say on planning items,” said Mr Hain.

Under the NSW Government planning reforms we are required to include certain items in the plan, including how and when we will engage with the community. I would encourage people to take a look at the draft document and share their feedback.”

Council’s Community Participation Plan was developed under Council’s Community Engagement Strategy, adopted by Council in 2016 as part of the Community Strategic Plan.

The draft Community Participation Plan is available by visiting or one of our Lake Mac Libraries.

Consultation on the Plan closes on Friday 13 September.

Council has a drop-in session at Cardiff Library 27 August 10am-noon.


Bollywood creates Feast For The Senses in Lake Mac

A mouth-watering slice of Bollywood is heading to Lake Macquarie in September for Living Smart Festival’s second annual Feast For The Senses.

Masterchef 2019 finalist Steph De Sousa will present an exclusive dinner under the stars in Speers Point Park for the Friday 27 September evening, with a modern Indian menu front and centre.

The Lake Macquarie cook said the three-course meal would showcase delicious, seasonal ingredients sustainably farmed and locally sourced – in keeping with the festival’s core themes.

She described her menu as “authentic, spicy but not hot, and full of flavour”.

I fell in love with Indian food when I fell in love with my husband about 18 years ago.”

Neville is from India and has exposed me to the real Indian food that is very different from a lot of the Indian food we see available in Australia.”

Steph said her menu was “plant-based” – reflecting her everyday goal of using less meat in cooking for health and sustainability reasons.

Increasing more plant-based foods in your diet can benefit your health, save money and time, and help reduce our impact on the environment.”

Spectacular live entertainment will include Indian music and dancing, fire-twirling and roaming performers.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said said the night’s entertainment would include traditional Indian music and dancing, as well as more modern performances featuring the colour and fun of Bollywood.

Tickets are only $50, which includes a three-course meal and all the evening’s entertainment.”

This is a fantastic price and reflects our desire to make this event accessible to everyone in the community.”

Feast For The Senses is an over-18s event, with drinks available for purchase. The evening kicks off at 6pm and will run until approximately 9pm.

Tickets go on sale Friday August 23. Numbers are strictly limited and the event is expected to sell out. Go to to book.

Hunter Resource Recovery is Living Smart Festival’s major event partner. The festival is proudly sponsored by Stockland, Greater Bank, Good Guys and Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market.


City’s first renewable energy project launched by community power

A unique collaboration between Lake Macquarie City Council, Allambi Care and Pingala will deliver the City’s first community-funded renewable energy project.

Through this innovative project, Allambi Care will receive and install 60kW of solar panels to power its Charlestown headquarters, and the local community will finance the project through the solar cooperative, Pingala. 

From left ~ Allambi CEO Simon Walsh, Lake Mac resident and the project’s first community investor Jonathan Wood, Mayor Kay Fraser, April Crawford-Smith Pingala Co-Founder & Convenor

Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said the project is a unique collaboration between local government, business and community that will bring social, environmental and economic benefits to the City.

Committed to partnering with the community to reduce the City’s carbon footprint, we sought interest from local businesses to partner with Council and Pingala to receive solar technology and engage with residents to finance it,” Mr Bryant said.

We are excited that Allambi Care is the first local organisation to be part of this initiative so more of our city is powered by renewable energy and profits are returned to the community.”

The initiative is different to crowdfunding, because community investors receive an annual return on their initial investment by becoming members of the Pingala cooperative.

In partnership with Council and Pingala, Allambi Care is inviting the community to support the project by investing $250 to $1000, which will go towards buying and installing the solar power system for their Fraser Parade, Charlestown headquarters.

Launching the project today, Lake Macquarie City Mayor Kay Fraser said the project is innovative because it makes solar power technology more accessible to businesses who may not otherwise afford it.

This collaboration benefits everyone involved including the broader community,” Cr Fraser said.

Allambi Care is an important community service provider and this initiative will reduce its impact on the environment, while the profit will be returned to the local people who invest in the project, and residents will gain from the environmental and economic benefits – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Allambi Care, a 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Award winner, is a provider of youth, foster care, disability, family and clinical support services for more than 2000 people.

Allambi Care CEO Simon Walsh said the collaborative initiative is a way for the organisation to meet its commitment to reducing its energy footprint and engaging with the community.

Allambi Care has operated in Lake Macquarie since 1981 and today operates from Fraser Parade in Charlestown. As an organisation working with community services, we are always looking for opportunities to reduce our costs, but in 2019 that’s also about treading a little more carefully within our environment,” Mr Walsh said.

The 60kW renewable energy system will reduce Allambi Care’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 76 tonnes a year, which is equivalent to 9.7 million smart phone recharges every year.”

Pingala is a member-owned cooperative that is building a fairer energy system by creating new energy business models that put community at the heart of the solution.

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