Mayor's Message | Shaping city services for the over-55s

The Mayor with her microchipped mate, Archie Fraser

The Mayor with her microchipped mate, Archie Fraser

Did you know that nearly one-third of our population in Lake Macquarie is over 55?

Perhaps your parents or grandparents are among them, or perhaps – like yours truly – you fall into the category yourself.

Times have certainly changed over the past generation, and where once someone who was in their mid 50s was likely to either be retired or in the final years of their working lives, these days people are continuing to work until much later and lead very active and involved lives in all aspects of their community.

Yes, those Baby Boomers who have been at the heart of so much social change over their lifetimes are now reinventing the way we do retirement and ageing.

Lake Macquarie City Council is responding to these changes by developing an Over 55s Strategy to set our direction for the next four years. It will look at ways to support older residents to access council’s services and facilities and provide opportunities to connect and be active in our community.

Would you like to see more free activities for over 55s, projects to make it easier for people to get around or more support for people to live independently as they get older? 

If you have some ideas on how we can better cater to our growing population of over 55s, council would like to hear from you.

You can contribute to strategy discussion, or find out more, at

The feedback period continues until Monday 23 October 2017.

Free microchips for pets

Lake Macquarie City Council is making it easier for pet owners to comply with regulations with the launch of a new service that brings our free microchipping service to you. Our mobile trailer will host free microchipping services every month across the city.

Having your dog or cat microchipped is not only compulsory by law but is also one of the best things you can do for your pet as it ensures council rangers can easily identify and return stray or lost animals in the unfortunate event that they go missing.The first free mobile microchipping event at Toronto on 19 October is already booked out, but keep an eye out on for future events. 

  • Photo: The Mayor with her microchipped mate, Archie Fraser