Big Spend to Revive Lake Economy

Filed under Lake Macquarie LGA, News ~ by Press on  23 Jun 2020

Lake Macquarie City Council will invest $395 million in the next 12 months through its Operational Plan 2020-2021, including $116 million on capital works.

The plan outlines a range of investment in public infrastructure throughout the City, including 40 per cent of the budget dedicated to “improving lifestyle and wellbeing.”

· $70 million in capital works to replace or upgrading existing assets, and $45 million on adding new assets

· $70.6 million invested in roads, drains, footpaths and shared pathways

· $2.4 million to revitalise Pearson Street Mall in Charlestown

· $19.8 million for new and improved parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities and swim centres

· Beginning works on the $3 million Speers Point Multi Arts Place to strengthen our reputation as a premier cultural destination

· Working with Lake Macquarie Landcare to plant 30,000 native plants at Blacksmiths, Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay and Swansea Heads

· Ongoing design and stage one construction of the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track linking the Fernleigh Track with Blacksmiths

· Renewing Council’s Multicultural Plan to ensure the City remains a leader in creating welcoming and inclusive communities

· Starting a major upgrade to create an exciting recreational precinct at Thomas H Halton Park in Croudace Bay.

Across the country we have seen a downturn in the economy, so it has been important for Council to continue to maintain and adapt our services for the community to ensure a sense of normality,” said Council’s CEO Morven Cameron.

Putting the operational plan together we have concentrated on making sure this year’s plan recognises Council’s important role in keeping our local economy moving.

There are a number of highlights and actions outlined in the plan that will provide a significant boost to the local economy, as well continuing to protect our lifestyle and deliver the day-to-day services and facilities we all value.”

Council’s approved Operational Plan follows a suite of support initiatives in response to COVID-19 including assistance for community groups and organisations, local businesses, sporting groups and residents experiencing financial hardship.

Council’s Revised Delivery Program 2017-2022 and Operational Plan 2020-2021 is available at

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