Delivering infrastructure for our community
Published on 05 March 2020
Our City continues to grow and we are on the verge of realising some of our enormous potential. We have seen some really great outcomes recently with amazing progress in our City’s North West Catalyst Area, incredible investment from developers, and record development approvals as our local boom continues.
Just this week we heard that our City saw almost $1.6 billion worth of development in 2019 as the value of the determined Development Approvals (DAs) increased by more than $350 million from 2018. Much of this growth has come in our City’s west, with Cameron Park, Morisset Park and Toronto the top three suburbs in terms of the value of DAs approved.
Our City’s growth has huge benefits for our community and in part helps Council fund new infrastructure, such as roads, footpaths, parks and community facilities, through levying contributions from developers. The levies are supplemented with rates and state and federal government grants to ensure Council’s capital works benefit residents for generations to come.
Last week, we reached the halfway point for the reporting year and it was fantastic to see that Council is on track to achieving $110 million in capital works by June 2020, 10 per cent of this has been funded by development contributions.
I love getting out and seeing firsthand the work on community infrastructure happening around our City. I have some wonderful memories from the past year, with some of my highlights including the start of construction of the Munibung Road extension, completion of Toronto Swim Centre and the Museum of Art and Culture, as well as the many kilometres of shared pathways that have been constructed around our City.
We have a big year ahead of us with many more projects to come that will continue to shape out City for the better. Council staff have made some positive steps towards seeing the Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park upgrade and the upgrades to Croudace Bay Park become a reality, while work on Windale Library is on the horizon.
Maintaining sustainable growth for our City is a must and goes hand in hand with all the other work Council is undertaking to address our greater need for housing choice, helping create more jobs and building new community infrastructure for our community.
We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful City that offers a lifestyle that I believe is second to none. I am very excited by the potential we have to achieve the right balance of growth, which is matched by Council’s community focus that will make our City even better.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser