On Tuesday 20 August 2019, a fire broke out in Awaba House leaving only part of the facade remaining. Almost all of the remainder of the building was destroyed. The remains are currently undergoing an assessment to determine if any heritage aspects can be retained in a replacement structure.
Throughout early 2020, Council worked with a Community Reference Group (CRG) consisting of Lake Macquarie residents and those with a genuine interest in the outcomes of Awaba House its surrounds to assist in determining appropriate options for the future of the building.
The project team are currently reviewing the CRG's recommendations as well as feedback from the community consultation process, and will provide a report to Council in the coming months.