Tourism EOI

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Lake Macquarie City Council invites you to partner with us to create iconic regional tourism attractions that will drive domestic and international visitation.

Council is offering an exciting opportunity for the long-term lease of Council-owned sites at three strategic locations in the heart of the city, for projects that will add to the city’s adventure sports and tourism offering.

The three sites are on Council-owned operational land located in the suburbs of Booragul, Glendale and Teralba. All enjoy close proximity to Lake Macquarie, commercial centres, public transport, accommodation and a substantial population catchment.  

Examples of potential operations on these sites could include, but are not limited to: 

  • water sport operations such as para-sailing, zorbing, jet boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, rafting, water parks or surfing wave pools
  • golf parks 
  • bike or skate parks
  • climbing, jumping or ziplining attractions.

Council is offering this opportunity via an Expression of Interest (EOI) process and inviting interested proponents who are financed and development-ready to submit suitable proposals.

Need help with your EOI?
We strongly recommend you contact us before you apply.
EOI, Leasing and Inspection enquires
Anthony O’Reilly, Valuation and Property Development Coordinator  02 4921 0135 or 0448 499 557
Planning enquiries
Leena Sebastian, Senior Development Planner 02 4921 0175

The sites

Site one - Booragul

Part 18 Marmong Street, & 18D Marmong St Booragul

This site is located on waterfront land near Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture. The north-facing, gently sloping site has views across the lake to Warners Bay. It is close to a residences, schools and recreational areas, including a marina and sailing club. Booragul Train Station is about 1.5 kilometres away. The site is fully serviced and accessed via Marmong Street.

Title particulars

DP 855520(PDF, 416KB)

DP 1076000(PDF, 375KB)

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Site two - Glendale

106 Reservoir Road, Glendale

Centrally located between Newcastle and the M1 motorway and within five minutes of the Glendale and Cardiff commerical centres, this former quarry site is largely cleared with a level topography to the quarry floor with rehabilitation works recently completed. Access to services available from Reservoir Road.

Title particulars

DP 961070(PDF, 470KB)

site two

Site three - Teralba

11, 46, 53 & 74 Griffen Road, Teralba

A large and very rare 16.6-hectare site, located in close proximity to Boolaroo, Glendale, and Cardiff commercial centres, and within 2.5 kilometres of Cockle Creek and Teralba Railway Stations and 10 minutes from the M1 at Cameron Park. Adjoining Cockle Creek, the site is largely cleared and incorporates a level topography with services available for connection. 

Title particulars

DP 1110267(PDF, 597KB)

DP 112071(PDF, 365KB)

DP 185501(PDF, 364KB)

DP 940995(PDF, 398KB)

DP 341679(PDF, 359KB)

DP 434964(PDF, 379KB)


site three


What sort of tourism attractions is the EOI process seeking to attract?

Council is seeking EOIs for projects that will enhance the city’s growing reputation as an adventure sports and tourism destination. Council hopes to attract iconic regional attractions that will increase the tourism potential of the city, complement existing attractions and provide Lake Macquarie with a distinct tourism advantage.


Adventure tourism is identified in our Destination Management Plan as an area of great potential for building domestic and international visitation, based on the city’s bounty of natural assets.

Why is an Expression of Interest process being used?

Council wants to encourage industry operators and investors to identify unique proposals that will enhance Lake Macquarie’s sports and adventure tourism offering.

An EOI invitation allows flexibility for proponents to put forward innovative proposals for consideration. If an EOI is successful, Council will engage in more formal negotiation with the proponent.

Where are the three sites?

Site one: PART 18 and 18D Marmong Street, Booragul

Site two: 106 reservoir Road, Glendale

Site three: 11,46,53 & 74 Griffen Road, Teralba

Are the sites zoned for tourism activities?

The dominant zonings  on the Booragul and Teralba sites permit outdoor, indoor or major recreational facilities. A Planning Proposal will likely be required to facilitate tourism development on the Glendale site. Refer to the EOI Invitation booklet for more information.

What lease term is being offered?

Council has not specified a lease term for the sites but is envisaging proposals involving lease periods of up to 30 years. A longer lease term may be considered depending on the nature of the proposal.

What does ‘financed and development-ready’ mean?

Council is seeking EOIs for proposals that can progress from concept to operational phase within three years. In order to comply with this time frame, proponents will need to have finance approved, or reliable funding avenues identified, and be able to outline a development delivery timeline within the specified period, including development approval pathways.

Can a single proposal be submitted for more than one site?

A proposal can be submitted for more than one site if it meets the evaluation and selection criteria. Proposals should be permissible on the land’s current classification and zoning (Site 2 may need a Planning Proposal).

How will the submitted proposals be assessed?

Proposals submitted by EOI will be assessed by a staff panel according to their alignment with the evaluation and selection criteria.

How many EOIs will be selected to progress to direct negotiation?

Council may select up to one proposal per site to directly negotiate commercial terms with potential proponents. However, Council is not obliged to select an EOI for each or any site.

Will unsuccessful applicants have an avenue of appeal?

Council’s decision on whether to accept an EOI for direct negotiation is final. Council is not required to give any reason for its actions or decisions to any interested party or other person. No payment will be made by Council to any organisation or person for any costs, losses or expenses incurred by that organisation or person in preparing its EOI submission or as part of any subsequent negotiations.

Will the community be consulted on proposed developments?

The EOI process will identify a potential project or projects to progress to the stage of direct negotiation with Council on commercial terms. Community consultation will be undertaken if a proposal proceeds to the submission of a development application.