Lake Macquarie | A year of community gains | Kay Fraser

GROUNDBREAKING: The mayor turns the first sod on the building of the state-of-the-art organics processing facility at Awaba.
GROUNDBREAKING: The mayor turns the first sod on the building of the state-of-the-art organics processing facility at Awaba.

As we head into the fortnight before Christmas, I am reflecting on what has been a busy, fun and productive year – my first full year as Mayor of Lake Macquarie.

There have been many highlights from a community perspective: a record public works budget of $111 million; opening the first stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange; starting work on an exciting $15 million sporting and recreational hub at Cameron Park; and, securing funding to build the Munibung Road ‘missing link’  between Boolaroo and Cardiff.

Our second Lake Mac Big Weekend was a huge success, as was the hosting of the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships -- which will be back at Blacksmiths early in the new year – and the inaugural Float Your Boat festival lit up a wintry Lake Macquarie with a flotilla of imaginatively illuminated craft.

We worked with the community to find solutions for the Pelican Boat Ramp, to decide on a design for the new Belmont Baths and to get input for a planned smart transformation of Charlestown’s Pearson Street Mall into a vibrant public space that will double as a digital playground and technology precinct. 

Amid all of that, I have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of people in our community and learning more about the many local organisations and businesses that help make our community tick.

 Kay Fraser, Mayor