Strategies and plans

Council strategic plans

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