Council seeks community ideas to bring Lake Macquarie to life after dark

LATE MAC: The second annual Float Your Boat Festival was a hit again this year. What other events could help to bring the city to life at night? Picture: Supplied
LATE MAC: The second annual Float Your Boat Festival was a hit again this year. What other events could help to bring the city to life at night? Picture: Supplied

Night markets, evening sports fixtures, and cinema screenings under the stars are among the activities being considered in a bid to bring Lake Macquarie to life after dark.

Lake Macquarie City Council is developing a night-time economy strategy, focusing on creating a vibrant, safe and sustainable economy at night.

Mayor Kay Fraser said the night-time economy played a significant role in a city’s prosperity.

“But it is important that we hear what the community wants, and what their ideas are,” Cr Fraser said.

“We’re talking about more than just pubs and clubs – this could be anything taking place from early evening to late at night, including sport and exercise activities, night-time markets or events, cinema under the stars, live music performances, late-night shopping experiences and more.”

A recent report produced by the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors identified the night time economy in Australia as a significant contributor to the country’s economy, employing more than three million people and generating almost $715 billion in turnover in 2017. 

Cr Fraser said council was committed to creating a dynamic, diverse local economy that provided opportunities for residents, visitors, businesses and investors to live, work, play and learn close to home.

To share your ideas, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/latemac or call in at any of the #LateMac pop-up stalls throughout October, including at the.–

  • Jet and Jive event (part of the Lake Mac Big Weekend) at Warners Bay foreshore, this Friday, October 12, from 6pm to 9pm; 
  • Food and Wine Festival at Speers Point Park, Speers Point, this Sunday, October 14, from 11am to 6pm; and
  • Toronto foreshore, on Friday, October 26, from 5.30pm to 8pm.

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