Thursday, 13 August 2020 Sydney

Lake Macquarie City – a great place to live, work, visit and invest - Mayor Jodie Harrison ::

With its gateway suburbs situated less than 60 minutes north of Sydney and home to NSW’s most populous city outside of Sydney: Lake Macquarie offers ample opportunities for people and businesses to take advantage of an area blessed with unique geographical and natural resources advantages.


The City’s most striking feature is the pristine Lake, which is 174km in circumference, making it twice as large as Sydney Harbour, and the largest salt water lake in the Southern Hemisphere.  The Lake is brimming with all forms of aquatic recreational activities, plus a shared bike and walking route along much of its shoreline. 


But the City’s bounteous natural resources don’t stop at Lake Macquarie.  The City is bounded on the east by four patrolled surfing beaches with clubhouses, parking and amenities. On the city’s west is Watagan National Park: bushwalkers’ heaven.



The City is home to 10 main town centres, each serving as hubs for the local communities that encircle Lake Macquarie. Each of these centres has its own uniquely identifiable and community-based retail and commercial precincts. Geographic dispersal makes each town centre independently viable and successful, and facilitates access to economically, socially and culturally diverse markets and residents around the Lake.

In addition to the town centres is Charlestown, the City’s hub for commercial and retail activities. Located close to Lake Macquarie City’s border with Newcastle, it is home to an $840 million major regional shopping centre - Charlestown Square - as well as a significant number of neighbouring commercial and mixed-use developments.

Charlestown’s master plan identifies 22ha of available or under-developed land. With Charlestown Square regularly securing more than 98 per cent occupancy, there is plenty of room for further profitable economic development in Charlestown and around the Lake.

As an indicator of the City’s vibrancy, the Glendale and Morisset areas of Lake Macquarie City have been identified in the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy as the Lower Hunter Valley’s only two primary growth centres.

The City has also identified seven key local industries as being targeted for growth: manufacturing and engineering, logistics, tourism, retail and commercial, health, education, and technology.

The City has engineered an economic development model and platform for facilitating continued growth of these identified industries, as well as supporting other industries integral to the City's economy: underground mining, power generation and construction.

Lake Macquarie City is open for business and has planned for sustainable population and infrastructure growth. You are welcome to come and ‘Love the Lake’, just as its residents and businesses already do……