Bins, parks and Glendale interchange in Lake Macquarie plans

KEY SUPPORT: (from centre, r-l) federal Labor frontbenchers Joel Fitzgibbon and Anthony Albanese, Charlestown state MP Jodie Harrison, and federal Shortland MP Pat Conroy inspect the construction site of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange last year. Picture: Jonathan CarrollLAKE Macquarie residents will havea greater share of their garbagecollected fortnightly, andtheir council will spend $20 million on parks and intensifyits lobbying forthe Glendale interchange.

Those plans, including one to expand the Lake’s three-bin collection system,appeared indraft form this weekas the council released its operational, fees and worksplans for the next financial year.

Households that have since 2011 been using a green garden waste bin, collected fortnightly, will be directedto add their food waste to the same green bin.

The council will collect the green bin weeklyand the rest of the garbagefortnightly.

Mayor Kay Fraser said Lake Macquarie residents were “extremely good at recycling”and would adjustto the new kerbside regime.

“People will still have a weekly collection service. Every week, they’ll still put out two bins,” Cr Fraser said.

“In most people’s normal weekly rubbish bins, there’s hardly anything in them.”

Liberal councillor Jason Pauling said the roll-out of the changes was “light on detail”and would be met with confusion.

DAWN OF AN ERA: Lake Macquarie council will start phase two of its three-bin waste collection this year.

“Lots of people still don’t know they’re going to lose their weekly waste bin,” Cr Pauling said.

“Our green, Landcare and social activist groups are aware. Your general public, I’m not so sure.”

The council’s $111 million capital works spend is bolsteredby developer contributionsand includes $20 million forparks, includingthe new Cameron Park recreation area and upgrades to Speers Point Park.

It also shapes as a key year for theLake Macquarie Transport Interchange, as the council lobbies the state and federal governments for$13 million each towardsits second stage.

The council has been buoyed by its dealings with the Hunter’s senior state Liberal, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald, and by public praise for the interchange fromthe state Property Council.

Building the Pennant Street Bridge is crucial to the next stage of the interchange, and a top council priority.

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