Construction of Weir Road Bridge

Lake Macquarie City Council has revealed a draft plan to spend more than $130 million on capital works over the next 12 months.

Council voted unanimously on 28 March 2022 to place on public exhibition its draft Community Strategic Plan, shaping the organisation’s strategies and guiding broader focus areas for the next decade.

Also on public exhibition is a draft four-year Delivery Program, and an Operational Plan outlining spending in the 2022-2023 financial year.

Lake Macquarie City Council CEO, Morven Cameron , said Council’s 2022-2023 $416 million budget included more than 220 operational actions and more than $130 million allocated to capital works, including:

  • $22.7 million on roads
  • $15.4 million on community buildings
  • $13.1 million on sports facilities
  • $13.1 million on traffic and transport improvements
  • $8.6 million on libraries and cultural facilities
  • $7.6 million on cycleways and associated infrastructure

“Our focus is on providing the services, facilities and infrastructure Lake Macquarie City needs to grow and thrive,” Ms Cameron said.

“There have been challenges over the past two years – not just for Council but for all of us – but the documents now on public exhibition provide pathways to ensure our city remains a great place to live, work, play and visit.”

Major projects slated for the next financial year include construction of the new Windale Hub, comprising a library, community meeting spaces and tech facilities, a new master plan to help Morisset realise its potential as a major regional growth hub, and construction of the Sugar Valley Library Museum at Cameron Park.

Lake Macquarie Mayor, Councillor Kay Fraser, said investment would be spread across the city.

“Lake Mac is in the midst of generational change,” Mayor Fraser said.

“The Operational Plan and Delivery Program set out the projects, actions and strategies to drive this transformation, while maintaining the lifestyle so important to us all.”

Meanwhile, the overarching Community Strategic Plan outlines core themes and areas of focus over the next 10 years.

“Those themes define what we do as a Council, and why we do it,” Cr Fraser said.

“Things like protecting and enhancing our unique landscape, promoting healthier lifestyles and wellbeing, improving mobility and accessibility for everyone and creating connected communities where people are engaged and empowered.”

Other major projects rolling out over the next 18 months in Lake Macquarie City include:

  • Completion of the Weir Road bridge at Barnsley
  • Completion of the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track southern section, and start of the northern section
  • Reconstruction of Awaba House at Booragul
  • Improvements at Alton Road, Central Road and Freemans Drive, Cooranbong

The draft plans are on public exhibition until 25 April 2022.

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