YOU may have seen reports in the media over recent months of a NSW government-commissioned report recommending the southern area of Lake Macquarie around Morisset and Wyee be added to Wyong Shire or a new Central Coast Council, and that Lake Macquarie and Newcastle councils be merged.
Lake Macquarie City Council strongly rejects these options.
The simple fact is the proposed southern boundary changes and amalgamations are not necessary, and would be detrimental.
Lake Macquarie is a significant city in its own right; a city whose 200,000 residents identify themselves with an impressive lake and who, regardless of whether they live in a town, village or coastal suburb, north, south, east or west of our lake, associate their neighbourhood, their lifestyle and their sense of identity as being linked to Lake Macquarie.
Over the past two months, the council has engaged with our southern Lake Macquarie residents to hear their thoughts on the issue.
Through an independent phone survey, along with feedback from the two community meetings held at Wyee and an online petition, the majority of residents would like to remain a part of Lake Macquarie City.
The workshop also provided the opportunity to get to know councillors and provide feedback.
I'd encourage residents with any concerns or requests for maintenance to bring them to council's attention by contacting customer service.