Council meeting highlights: Standing Committee Meeting - 14 June 2022

Published on 14 June 2022


Please see below for highlights of tonight’s Standing Committee meeting. 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.


Charlestown strategic economic centre – draft planning proposal and revised area plan

Council approved the request to seek a Gateway Determination from the Department of Planning and Environment for a draft planning proposal for the Charlestown strategic economic centre. Council will also undertake consultation with government agencies and service authorities, and place the draft proposal on exhibition.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said Charlestown is a regionally important strategic centre and a focus for investment and intensification of housing, employment, transport, services and recreational opportunities in the north-east of the city.

“Advocating for a Charlestown Mine Grouting Fund is an important part of Charlestown’s future growth. The fund acts like an insurance policy which reduces uncertainty and risk associated with financing and building in a mine subsidence zone and encourages new multi-story housing and commercial development.”

37 Lake View Road, Kilaben Bay – Dwelling house

Council endorsed a development standard variation providing a maximum height of 7.62m and approved Development Application DA/2697/2021 for construction of a dwelling house at 37 Lake View Road, Kilaben Bay, subject to conditions of consent.

Please see below for highlights of recommendations made at tonight’s Standing Committee Meeting to be considered at the Ordinary Council meeting on Monday 27 June 2022.

65 Wood Street, Bonnells Bay – Proposed sale of land

Council discussed approving the sale of 65 Wood Street, Bonnells Bay, at the agreed price of $115,000.

7 Charles Street, Ryhope – Proposed purchase

Council discussed approving the purchase of 7 Charles Street, Ryhope, by private treaty for $20,000. 

Requests for donations

Council discussed approving donations of $2000 to Lake Macquarie Live Steam and Locomotive Society for a bridge deck replacement, and $1726 to Catherine Hill Bay Surf Life Saving Club for gym equipment to support volunteer lifesavers.

Reclassification of various sites – 2022 Housekeeping amendment to Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014

Council discussed approving amendments to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 for the reclassification of community land as operational land, and amendments to zoning and development standards in relation to 60-62 Main Road, Boolaroo, and part of 27C First Street, Cardiff South.

Urban Heat Strategy

Council discussed adopting the Urban Heat Strategy.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said the Urban Heat Strategy will guide Council and the community to take local, practical and coordinated action to address urban heat and make Lake Macquarie communities cool, liveable and resilient.

“Some key actions involve green wall and green roof pilot projects; investigating options to include head considerations in local planning provisions; and a community awareness campaign.”

Urban Greening Strategy and Tree Management on Public Land Policy

Council discussed adopting the Urban Greening Strategy and adopting an updated Tree Management on Public Land Policy.

Environmental Research Grants 2021-2022

Council discussed approving the funding of four applications for a total of $25,000 as part of the Environmental Research Grants program 2021-2022. 

Community Environment Grants 2021-2022 round 2 funding recommendations

Council discussed approving funding of four applications for a total of $11,488.68 as part of the Community Environment Grants round 2. 

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said I’m very proud that we can support a range of community groups with their environmental programs and initiatives.

“We’ve had four wonderful applications approved for Round 2 of the Community Environment Grant program, including Rathmines Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group and Edgeworth Memorial Neighbourhood Centre, and I can’t wait to see them come to life.”


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