Council meeting highlights: Standing Committee - Monday 20 November

Published on 20 November 2023

See below for recommendations adopted at 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.

Adoption of planning proposal and revised development control plan for North Cooranbong (Watagan Park)

Council adopted a planning proposal and revised development control plan for North Cooranbong (Watagan Park).

Whitebridge – 32 Burwood Road – Dwelling House, Shed, Swimming Pool and Associated Safety Barriers

Council endorsed a development standard variation under clause 4.6 of the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014, providing a maximum height of 8.9m, exceeding the 5.5m development standard by 3.4m or 61 per cent, and approved a development application for a dwelling house, shed, swimming pool and associated safety barriers at 32 Burwood Road, Whitebridge.

See below for items discussed at tonight’s Standing Committee meeting to be considered for adoption at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 27 November 2023.

Review of Council Policy – Protection of watercourses and drainage channels

Council discussed adopting a revised Protection of Watercourse and Drainage Channels Policy. The policy underpins Council’s approach to protecting and enhancing the health of our waterways. 

Requests for donations

Council discussed approving the following donations under the donations program:

  • $1788 to the Wangi Junior Rugby League Football Club for the purchase of new training equipment to be used at their grounds in Wangi Wangi
  • $2000 to Hunter Adults Financial Collaborative to assist with the costs of their employment courses
  • $2000 to the Heartland Foundation to assist with the costs of their Mobile Food Pantry project.

See below for items discussed and adopted at tonight’s Extraordinary meeting.

Audited Financial Statements

Council adopted the financial statement for the year ended 30 June 2023. Council also authorised the presentation of Council’s audited financial statements to the public at 3pm, Tuesday 28 November 2023, in the Council Chambers, Administrative Centre, Main Road Speers Point.

Annual Report 2022-2023

Council endorsed the Lake Macquarie City Council Annual Report 2022-2023.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the Annual Report is a comprehensive collation of Council’s achievements, highlights, and challenges over the past financial year.

“I am so proud of what we have achieved across all departments of Council. We’ve delivered major capital works like the Sugar Valley Library Museum and the southern section of the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track, worked with the University of Newcastle and Dantia to establish Australia’s fist Living Lab dedicated to the circular economy, and continued to promote healthy lifestyles across Lake Mac through the construction of outdoor facilities like the new pump track at Redhead.  

We’ve consulted with our community to shape a better future for our city on a wide range of topics including the Morisset Place Strategy, which will guide development in the area. And we’ve continued to deliver a stellar program of city events attracting more than 920,000 participants throughout the year, including our groundbreaking Living Smart Festival and the fascinating History Illuminated event series.”