The Stronger Country Communities Fund is investing in infrastructure projects in regional NSW communities to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of these areas as vibrant places to live and work.

The NSW Government has committed $200 million for applications to support local infrastructure projects that will improve amenity and help sustain the social bonds at the heart of strong regional communities, including Lake Macquarie.

Round two has recently closed and the NSW Government is currently assessing applications, including 12 from Lake Macquarie Council.

All of these applications have passed the eligibility criteria, and have now moved to the choice modelling phase. As part of this phase, residents may be asked to complete a survey to ascertain which projects they would prefer to be funded.

Awaba Mountain Bike Park Upgrade (sporting project)

The proposal is to expand the facility by constructing a world-class, inclusive mountain biking trail network in the park.

Hunter life Education Centre Roof Replacement (community project)

New roofing for the Hunter Life Education (HLE) Centre, a community building providing delivery of vital preventative health education.

Walters Park Flood Lighting (sporting project)

The project will provide new sports field lighting to two sporting fields. One of the Park’s two ovals is currently lit, but it is inadequate for night-time training drills and exercises.

Charlestown CREATE: Art Activation Project (community project)

Charlestown CREATE is the second citywide art activation project that targets a specific area within Lake Macquarie and redefines the space with creativity led, community driven activation projects. Outcomes from this intervention include public art, technology innovations such as kinetic installations and sensors, programming and street events and cultural development projects.

100 Acre Woodland Bushwalking Tracks and Fire Trails (sporting project)

This project will create new/upgraded bushwalking and fire tracks on 100 acres of woodland, which forms part of the LMORC at Balcolyn. The area will continue to be accessible to the local community for bushwalking.

Creating a Community Hub in Lake Macquarie (community project)

The project aims to deliver Stage 2 of a community hub for Lake Macquarie City, to support the strong community interest in working with Council to improve the liveability of the City.

Awaba Oval Three-Bay Storage Building (sporting project)

Awaba Oval has a significant storage issue. Three different clubs regularly use the oval with no storage facility at the ground, so the clubs have to store their equipment in the change rooms – making them unusable as change rooms.

Bernie Goodwin All Abilities Play Area (community project)

The new playground will be constructed at Bernie Goodwin Memorial Park located at Newcastle Street, Morisset with vehicular entry located opposite Station Street, adjoining the local Morisset High School.

PCYC Morisset Installation of the ceiling Insulation and Fans (sporting project)

PCYC Morisset is a community sports club with 600 members, operating from an existing industrial building built in 1987. The building is constructed with steel supports and tin cladding without insulation or cooling system for the building.

Wangi Creativity Hub (community project)

Improving community access to the Wangi Wangi library via out of hours access, self-loan technologies and the refurbishment of the space to include maker and meeting space options for the community.

Shared Cycleway Brightwaters (sporting project)

A proposed cycleway from Bonnells Bay to Brightwaters is identified in the Lake Macquarie City Council Development Contributions Plan 2012 – Morisset Contributions Catchment along the length of Bay Vista Road, between Fishery Point Road and Bulgonia Road.

Swim Centres Shade Infrastructure – Community Connectivity (sporting project)

Improve existing outdoor amenities across five Council swim centres: Charlestown, Speers Point, West Wallsend, Swansea and Morisset. The identified improvements include turf replacement (with irrigation), new shade structures, seating and shared barbecue spaces.