Another example of problems with Lake Macs rotten failed bin system... went to bring my bin in this morning only to discover this. Full of maggots - and this is in a well maintained, regularly washed, lid fully closed bin.

Council have been handing out maggot kill pouches at shopping centres for the last couple of weeks - but it's only a band aid fix.

We didn't have these problems before the change to fortnightly collection. This rotten bin system has failed Lake Macquarie - we will continue to fight to fix it!
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18 hours ago  ·  

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Long story short - the cemetery will be mowed over the next couple of days (prior to Easter); a long term management strategy for the black slag is being formulated.

Full statement from Council as follows:

"Please be advised, recent inspections of the cemetery have revealed that black slag was used as back fill for a number of the graves. Black slag is a by-product of the Pasminco Cockle Creek Smelter which operated in Boolaroo until 2003. It was distributed from the smelter and was frequently used as a filling material in landscaping and engineering works in the local area due to its excellent drainage properties, easy handling, load bearing capacity, and abundant supply.

As an immediate safety measure, graves affected with black slag have been cordoned off. Council’s Risk Management team is developing a site specific risk assessment to allow maintenance works to be carried out. A Contractor is undertaking mowing over the next couple of days in readiness for Easter.

In consultation with local community representatives (who manage opening and closing of the gates daily on behalf of Council), the gates to the cemetery have been closed as there was evidence that some of the monuments and unmarked burials were being damaged from vehicle movements on the site. Pedestrian access will remain in place with a sign installed to advise visitors.

A longer term strategy to manage the contamination is also being developed. There are a number of complicating factors to be considered during the remediation of the site. The site is heritage listed, the plots are owned by individual families and the standard practise to cap black slag cannot be used as this will cover the monuments at the site. As a result, a site specific remediation action plan will need to be developed in consultation with the NSW Environment Protection Authority and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. It may be some time before this work can be undertaken."
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4 days ago  ·  

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Big news for small business in Lake Macquarie!

The current developer contribution system is unfairly biased against small business - so we're pushing to move to the 7.12 contribution method, which features a much simpler, fairer, and flatter fee structure based on the value of development.

Business and commercial developments under $100,000 (such as the Newcastle Ballet Theatre) will be exempt from paying developer contributions, while those worth $100,000-$200,000 will pay only 0.5 per cent of the total development value. Development over $200,000 will contribute one per cent of the total development value.

Have your say on the new system here -
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5 days ago  ·  

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Looks like a great Federal Budget to me! My big take outs:

➡️ Back in Black - FINALLY a return to budget surplus!
➡️ Funding for the HeartKids Childhood Heart Disease National Action Plan
➡️ Massive boosts to help out of pocket costs with breast cancer (Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation)
➡️ 80,000 new apprentices!
➡️ $1.6 billion to build the M1 to Raymond Terrace link
➡️ $158 billion of tax relief for people earning <$126,000 p/a
➡️ $285 million to help pensioners with energy bills
➡️ Massive boost to small business support
➡️ $150 million to boost women's sport
➡️ $6.3 billion to drought support for farmers
➡️ $300 billion boost for schools
➡️ $81.8 billion boost to health

More details here -
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2 weeks ago  ·  

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