A suite of major Lake Macquarie City Council projects worth more than $7.5 million will help revamp Windale and improve the quality of life for local residents.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said Council is spearheading a multi-agency push to reinvigorate the suburb.
“We’re planning to invest more than $7.5 million to build pride in the area and provide services and infrastructure that contribute to an even stronger, more vibrant community.”
Key projects include a new $6 million multipurpose facility, a $950,000 new skate park, $600,000 worth of environmental improvement works and new art installations for Windale’s retail centre.
Cr Fraser said tenders were being sought for the design of the multipurpose facility, which will replace the suburb’s ageing community hall and will include a cutting-edge new library, community rooms and spaces for various activities such as art exhibitions, education programs, youth programs and services, and children’s playgroups.
“The new facility will be a safe, flexible and inclusive space for people to connect, learn, create and collaborate,” Cr Fraser said.
The successful tenderer is expected to be appointed in early 2019.
Council is also developing plans for a $950,000 skate park at Bahloo Reserve in Windale to replace the former skate park next to the PCYC.
“We are proposing a skate park that will cater for a range of skill levels, providing a different skating experience to the recently completed ChIP bowl at Charlestown,” Cr Fraser said.
Community consultation is underway via shape.lakemac.com.au/skate-lake-mac to help determine the style of skate park to be built.
“We’re also working with Land and Housing NSW to restore a 200m stretch of Scrubby Creek,” Cr Fraser said.
The $600,000 project, which involves earthworks to improve water flow and capacity, as well as erosion control and landscaping, is currently underway and expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Cr Fraser said the Windale CREATE art installations, being installed over the next eight weeks, are part of a City-wide initiative to engage communities through meaningful Artist-driven community projects.
“Windale CREATE has provided an opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists to work with the Windale community to create artworks in the area that reflect place, stories, history and future aspirations,” Cr Fraser said.
“These installations are a very tangible way to lift the appearance of a suburb and build community pride and a sense of belonging.”
The Council projects will complement other major infrastructure work either planned or underway in the area.
Construction is underway on a $58 million expansion of the Lake Macquarie Fair shopping centre, including new shops, underground parking, play areas and a food hall.
In October, retail giant Spotlight Group announced the first stage of a 30,000sqm retail centre adjoining Windale, to include a Bunnings Warehouse, Spotlight, Anaconda and a number of other stores and fast food outlets.
That development is expected to support more than 600 jobs, many of which will be sourced locally.