Building an active City for our community

Date posted: 4 June 2019

Flagship community events and new recreation opportunities are some of the highlights of the March Review of Lake Macquarie City Council’s 2018-2019 Operational Plan and Budget.

Director Organisational Services, Laura Kendall, said the March Review of the Operational Plan shows Council took significant steps in the January-March quarter towards delivering the community’s vision for the City, particularly around connecting communities, enhancing lifestyle and wellbeing and diversifying the City’s economy.

“As Lake Macquarie residents, we’re lucky to live in a City that offers ample opportunity for innovation, excitement and adventure, and the January-March quarter delivered this in spades,” Ms Kendall said.

“We saw two exciting new tourism operators, Coast XP and Lake Macquarie Cruises, begin trade on the lake, and a third offering, Lake Macquarie Seaplanes, will soon open its doors to customers who are looking to explore our City from above.

“We had more than 8000 people join us at the Surf Life Saving NSW Championships at Blacksmiths in February and March, and thousands more attended events at our Lake Mac Libraries and Art Gallery, as well as through our Over 55s, You’re Kidding Me, Me2 and Explore our Great Outdoors programs. More than 706,000 people enjoyed the sun and surf at our patrolled beaches and a further 139,000 visited our Lake Mac Swim Centres.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people, residents and visitors alike, out and about enjoying the unique experiences our City has to offer.”

Other highlights from the March Review of the Operational Plan include an investment in cycling infrastructure, with construction progressing on the Speers Point to Glendale shared pathway and associated improvements to the way safe cycle routes are promoted on Council’s website.

Preliminary investigations were also undertaken in the January-March quarter into the establishment of a community recycling facility in the City’s east, after Council secured a $200,000 grant from the NSW Environmental Trust. Council currently has one community recycling facility at its Awaba Waste Management Facility in the City’s west.

Of the 127 actions within the 2018-2019 Operational Plan, 88 per cent are achieved or on track (112 actions), and 12 per cent (15 actions) are off track.

Page last updated: 4 June 2019