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Proposal puts Lake Mac on the map

A proposed new ‘Lake Macquarie’ suburb could include the former Pasminco site’s new commercial and residential hub, soon to become home to hundreds of new residents and major retail outlets.

Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community feedback on a proposal to create a suburb reflecting the City’s name, as is the norm across most other cities in Australia and elsewhere in the world.

The proposal outlines three options:

Option One includes (above):

  • former Pasminco development site and Munibung Road extension

  • Cockle Creek train station

  • Bunnings

  • Northern parts of Munibung Hill

Option Two includes (below):

  • All areas in Option One

  • Bunderra Estate

  • Employment land between TC Frith Avenue and Cockle Creek

  • Speers Point Park

  • Lake Macquarie Football Facility

Option Three includes (below):

  • All areas in Options One and Two

  • Land around The Weir Road between Teralba and Barnsley

  • Existing residential and commercial areas in Boolaroo

Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said a Lake Macquarie suburb could reinforce the City’s identity and strengthen the community’s sense of place.

“Council has recognised for some time the value in creating a suburb called Lake Macquarie,” Mr Hain said.

“In a practical sense, it may reduce confusion between Lake Macquarie and Port Macquarie.”

The postcode for the Lake Macquarie suburb would likely be 2284 – the same as Boolaroo and Speers Point.

A feedback portal is now live at shape.lakemac.com.au/suburb, with residents encouraged to nominate which option they prefer, or provide alternative suggestions.

Following community consultation, Council can consider endorsing a proposal to change a suburb’s name or bestow a new name on an area, but the final decision rests with the Geographical Names Board.

Drop-in information sessions on the proposal are scheduled for the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets on 14 and 28 March, 7.30-10.30am.

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