City planning and direction

Council has a number of key strategic plans, which help guide the current and future direction of our City. 

Council plans and policies should not exist in isolation; they are interconnected. The NSW Government's Integrated Planning and Reporting framework allows councils to draw their various plans together, understand how they interact and get the maximum leverage from their efforts by planning holistically and sustainably for the future.

Community Strategic Plan

Our Community Strategic Plan(PDF, 7MB) guides the future direction of Lake Macquarie City for the next 10 years, and shares the vision and aspirations for the future of Lake Macquarie and sets out the community’s long-term plan.

The Plan is Council's key strategic planning document and was developed in collaboration with our community and maps out the strategies and actions we will take to achieve our community’s long-term vision for the City.

The Plan is reviewed every four years, following an election.

Other strategic plans

Resourcing Strategy

The Resourcing Strategy(PDF, 9MB) is a supporting document that highlights the resources required to fulfil the Community Strategic Plan. It is also reviewed every four years and it incorporates long term:

  • financial planning
  • workforce management planning
  • asset management planning
  • information technology management
  • plant and fleet management.

Delivery Program

Each Operational Plan action relates to a four-year Delivery Program(PDF, 9MB) strategy, which is then linked to an objective in Council's Community Strategic Plan. This ensures that Council's long-term planning is consistent with the current and future needs of the community.

Council's Delivery Program and Operational Plan are combined and presented as one document.

Operational Plan

The annual Operational Plan spells out the individual projects and activities that will be undertaken for the year to achieve the commitments made in the four-year Delivery Program.

Council’s Operational Plan and Delivery Program are combined and presented as one document.

Download our Operational Plan and revised delivery program 2019-2020(PDF, 9MB)

Download our Operational Plan and revised delivery program 2020-2021(PDF, 19MB)

Annual reporting

Council's Annual Report reflects our performance and activities for the financial year, and details our achievements against annual targets set in our Operational Plan.

The report is one of the key points of accountability between Council and the community. It has been created in an easy-to-read format with highlights, key statistics and details about all areas of our operations, including our financial performance.

View the current reports:

Previous years reports

Community engagement

We are committed to ensuring that the local community can participate in the decisions that affect their lives and our environment.

Shape Lake Mac 

Shape Lake Mac is Council's community engagement portal. It's a space to have your say on issues and topics that are important to you, at a time and place of your choice. It is quick, safe and convenient, and a great way to keep up to date and contribute your views on issues affecting your community. You can also see what other community members think about a topic or issue, respond with your own views and engage in a discussion.

Community Participation Plan

The NSW Government requires all councils in NSW to prepare a Community Participation Plan to set out how and when we will engage with our community on the planning functions Council performs under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Council committees

Council committees are a way for the community to provide input on a range of issues relevant to our work. Committees with active community representation include:

Aboriginal Grants Committee

The Aboriginal Grants Committee coordinates Council's annual NAIDOC Week grant funding.

Lake Macquarie Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)

The Youth Advisory Council provides an important opportunity for young people to have an input into Council decisions. Visit the LMYAC Facebook page to get the latest news on the Youth Advisory Council.

Heritage Committee

The Heritage Committee advises Council on a range of heritage-related matters, which are of interest to the community, and assesses Local Heritage Places Fund applications and makes recommendations to Council for the allocation of funding to projects that have the greatest benefit to the protection of heritage in Lake Macquarie.

Environmental Sustainability Grants Committee

This committee assesses funding applications received through Council's Environmental Sustainability Grants program.

Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Committee

The Coastal Zone Management Committee provides guidance and assistance to Council on coastal, estuary and floodplain management.

Lake Macquarie Traffic Facilities and Road Safety Committee

The Traffic Facilities and Road Safety Committee considers recommendations relating to road safety and parking issues across the City. These recommendations are then forwarded to Council's Ordinary meetings for consideration and adoption.

Lake Macquarie Sports Council

The Sports Council provides a forum for sport and recreation bodies to discuss related issues and news, and ensure the existing and future needs of the community are known to Council. It provides feedback on new and existing facilities and provides input on Council's strategic plans involving sport and recreation facilities.

Aquatic Services Committee

The Aquatic Services Committee coordinates foreshore aquatic facilities and discusses issues relating to lake use.

International Children's Games Advisory Committee

The International Children's Games Advisory Committee guides Council's ongoing participation in the International Children's Games and considers and advises on athletes' participation, as well as the role of the City Representative.

Lake Macquarie City Council and Rural Fire Service Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee is responsible for monitoring and periodically reviewing the performance of Council's Rural Fire District Service Agreement.

Lake Macquarie Active Transport Advisory Group

The Active Transport Advisory Group generates ideas and contributes to robust discussion on opportunities and initiatives to improve walking and cycling across the City.

Lake Macquarie Ageing and Disability Advisory Panel

The Ageing and Disability Advisory Panel advises on the broad range of issues that affect seniors, people living with disability and carers, and provides information back to the community on Council services and plans.

Art Gallery Advisory Committee

The Art Gallery Advisory Committee acts as a conduit between the Gallery and the community to help ensure policies and practices reflect the interests of the community.

If you'd like to know more about these committees, please contact