Mayor's Message | Lake Mac's growing reputation as cultural destination

With Lake Macquarie Art Gallery at Booragul, the CREATIVE Lake art trail, and the upcoming Chimera installation and Speers Point Multi-Arts Space, our City is fast becoming a destination for bold and innovative art.

Council recently announced the commissioning of Chimera, which will soar 12 metres above the Speers Point waterfront. Chimera will be accentuated by the stylised vessel and three mirror finished sails that will reflect the brilliant blue waters of our lake.

The design is by award-winning Sydney artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse, and was selected via an expression of interest process last year. The piece is funded using money awarded to Council in 2008 as part of the prestigious National Thiess Riverprize. It is scheduled to be installed in March.

It’s hard to top the natural beauty of the lake, but I think the addition of Chimera as well as the new art pieces dotted around the lake, which are part of the CREATIVE Lake art trail, really complements the vista of the lake. 

Public art has the ability to divide opinions, however its purpose is to enrich our community and our environment. The CREATIVE Lake art trail for example has transformed our beautiful Lake foreshore into an outdoor gallery, activating the spaces along the lake edge and intriguing locals and visitors alike.

If you haven’t taken a wander and explored the CREATIVE Lake art trail I encourage you to do so. I expect the sculptures and murals will no doubt be widely featured in selfies and holiday snaps when people visit the lake foreshore.

To find out more about the CREATIVE Lake art trail and discover a map of the seven artworks that make up the trail visit

If you are exploring the City’s new art additions, remember to drop by the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery. It is the region’s only gallery on the waterfront, and it is a lovely spot to soak up some sunshine and take a look at the fantastic exhibitions or participate in the many art classes or kids activities.

The gallery is always a popular spot during school holidays, but there are also a range of interesting classes and activities for both adults and kids held each month. Check out the gallery’s what’s on section on their website to find out more