Lake Macquarie City Council reiterates importance of North West Lake Macquarie catalyst area

OPPORTUNITY: Lake Macquarie City Council's chief executive Morven Cameron. Picture: Marina Neil
OPPORTUNITY: Lake Macquarie City Council's chief executive Morven Cameron. Picture: Marina Neil

THERE was no funding announced in the federal budget for the next stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange, at Glendale, but the project remains very much a priority for the council.

In listing its “key city-wide projects” for Lake Macquarie, the council nominates: “Work with the state and federal governments to facilitate the development of the North West Lake Macquarie catalyst area for economic and residential growth.”

Council’s chief executive officer Morven Cameron spoke of the importance of the project in her preamble to the Our Future in Detail document which includes the council’s draft Revised Delivery Program 2017–2021 and Operational Plan 2018–2019.

The precinct promises to deliver thousands of homes, jobs and new industries in coming decades.

- Morven Cameron

“At a big-picture level, we will continue to advance planning for major projects such as the development of the North West Lake Macquarie precinct, a catalyst area for regional growth that promises to deliver thousands of homes, jobs and new industries in coming decades, creating an economic and lifestyle hub,” Ms Cameron said.

“We will work with state government to prepare a strategic business case for the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange and further our proposal to extend the Hunter Region Sports Centre.”

She said the construction of Munibung Road would create a new link between Boolaroo and Cardiff, improving connectivity and travel times and boosting “new retail and commercial investment.”

The other key city-wide projects for 2018-19 listed by the council were to:

  • continue the Awaba Waste Management Facility expansion project;
  • expand free wi-fi at council facilities and community events;
  • prepare a night-time economy policy for the city; and
  • provide a minimum of 2800 cultural programs and activities at Lake Mac Libraries and the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

To share feedback on the council’splan, or to see what’s in store across the city in 2018-2019, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/our-future-in-detail.

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