Council meeting highlights: Ordinary Council – Monday 26 July 2021

Published on 26 July 2021

Please see below for highlights of the final determinations made at tonight’s Ordinary Council Meeting of Lake Macquarie City Council. The full agenda and reports are available at meeting agendas and minutes. The stream of tonight’s meeting will be available online at within 48 hours.

Mayoral Minute Freeman of the City

Council agreed to bestow the honour of Freeman of the City upon Mercia Buck OAM in recognition of her outstanding services and contribution to the City of Lake Macquarie.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said “We are so fortunate to have such a passionate and committed community where people give so much to the benefit of our City and lifestyle. Mercia Buck OAM is one of these people – a passionate and tireless advocate for people in Lake Macquarie, particularly in her support of performing arts.”

Investment report - June 2021

Council noted the Investment Report for June 2021, which identifies all money Council has invested under section 625 of the Local Government Act 1993. The portfolio return for the financial year ending 30 June 2021 was above the benchmark by 291 points.

Local Adaptation Plan

Council agreed to place the draft Local Adaptation Plan for future flooding and coastal risks: Pelican, Blacksmiths, Swansea, Swansea Heads and Caves Beach on public exhibition.

Telecommunications facility – Oakdale Road, Gateshead

Council approved a development application for a telecommunications facility at 20 Oakdale Road, Gateshead

Draft Planning Proposal for the Teralba Heritage Conservation Area

Council will request a Gateway Determination from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and exhibit the draft Planning Proposal for the Teralba Heritage Conservation Area subject to the outcome of the Gateway Determination.

Sugar Valley Library Museum

Council approved the development application for the Sugar Valley Library Museum in Cameron Park. The proposed community facility will provide additional social and community infrastructure for the growing population in the area.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said “The Sugar Valley Library Museum at Cameron Park will be an engaging cultural destination at the forefront of public libraries in the region. I’m excited to see this new community hub bring together innovative technology, traditional library services and a dynamic program of events and exhibitions.”

Adoption of the Killingworth Paper Subdivision Area Plan

Council adopted the draft Killingworth Paper Subdivision Area Plan and will amend the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan 2014 to incorporate the draft Area Plan.

Exhibition of the draft Ramsgate Estate Wyee Point Area Plan

Council endorsed the exhibition of the draft Ramsgate Estate Wyee Point Area Plan.

Development application in Mount Hutton

Council deferred determination of a development application for a service station at 10-14 Wilsons Road in Mount Hutton pending a Councillor briefing session and site inspection.

Local Heritage Places Grants 2021-2022

Council approved the funding of 11 applications for a total of $11,000 as part of the Local Heritage Places Grants program 2021-2022.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said “Our history and heritage is so important and this grant program helps to encourage as much positive work on heritage items in the City as possible. It’s fantastic that this allows us to partner with people to achieve the best results for the community and our local heritage.”

Coon Island and Coon Island Point

Council noted the stakeholder and community feedback on the naming of Coon Island and Coon Island Point. Council also agreed to submit a Place Name Proposal to the Geographical Names Board to rename Coon Island to Pirrita Island and rename Coon Island Point to Miners Point.