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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How do you use Lake Macquarie? asks council

New infrastructure, events and initiatives in and around Lake Macquarie are being explored as part of a new Lake Activation Strategy.

The strategy, currently under development and seeking community input, will guide how Lake Macquarie City Council manages, enhances and promotes the lake, its foreshore and supporting infrastructure.

Manager Asset Management Brendan Callander said the new strategy would look at how people used the lake now, and how it was likely to be used in years to come.

“Working with the community, we want to develop a 10-year action plan looking at how we can make best use of the lake and its foreshore, while respecting and protecting the delicate ecosystems that make it such a special place,” he said.

Carers assist Tracey Blair as she enters Belmont Baths

The new Lake Activation Strategy will apply to:

  • Lake Macquarie, including Swansea Channel
  • Council-owned and managed foreshore land
  • Council-owned and managed infrastructure, including jetties, boat ramps, pontoons and swimming baths
  • Government and privately-owned aquatic facilities accessible to the public

“However, it won’t apply to our beaches, or parts of Lake Mac that fall within Central Coast Council’s area,” Mr Callander said.

“That includes Mannering Park, Summerland Point, Gwandalan, Chain Valley Bay and Point Wolstoncroft.”

Families cooling off in Belmont Baths

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser urged the community to get involved.

“The lake is such a stunning centrepiece of our City, and a huge contributor to our enviable way of life here,” Cr Fraser said.

“Providing a framework for its use will ensure it remains a wonderful natural asset for future generations to enjoy.”

The possibility of additional netted bathing areas came to the fore earlier this year after a shark attacked a man swimming at Yarrawonga Park.

Kids enjoying a boom net cruise on Lake Macquarie

It was the first recorded shark attack in the lake in more than 50 years.

“We would like to hear from the community about whether they would like to see additional netted bathing areas,” Mr Callander said.

“But the Lake Activation Strategy will cover much more than that. I’d encourage everyone to get online and have their say.”

The community can provide feedback at shape.lakemac.com.au via a survey and interactive map. Feedback closes Tuesday 30 March.

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