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$2m project to create sustainable living community hub


Lake Macquarie residents will soon have a dedicated space where they participate in workshops, learn about sustainable living and connect with the community.

It’s all thanks to a $2 million upgrade to the Lake Macquarie Landcare Resource Centre which starts this week.

Mayor Kay Fraser says the works will help the region take a step forward.

“If we can help our community take small steps to live more sustainably, then we can collectively make a big difference for future generations,” she said.

The upgraded facility will feature a large community/meeting room, kitchen for volunteers, office space and kitchen facilities for council employees, covered outdoor areas for programming and workshops and new amenities.

Lake Macquarie Landcare coordinator Jason Harvey says the centre supports volunteers, assists in the growth of new groups and provides information to the general community.

“With more than 200 Landcare groups in Lake Macquarie maintaining and restoring environmentally sensitive sites across the city, it is essential we provide a useful space for education, training and gathering,” Mr Harvey said.

The NSW Government contributed more than $200,000 to the project under the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the fund was delivering once-in-a-generation infrastructure to make regional NSW an even better place to live, work and play.

“This exciting community hub for Lake Macquarie is a great example of what the fund is designed to deliver, and I thank Lake Macquarie City Council for their commitment to this important project,” Mr Martin said.

While works are completed, the Landcare Resource Centre will be closed for face-to-face services. To find out more about accessing services throughout the closure, visit the Lake Macquarie Landcare website.

The upgraded centre is expected to be operational in early 2022.

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