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LAKE MACQUARIE IS . . .
The Hunter's largest city and the fourth most
populous in NSW, surrounded by beaches,
mountains and the ocean. Its centrepiece is the
lake, 109 sq km in surface area, 24 km long and
3.2 km wide with 174 kilometres of foreshore.
NAME: After Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor
of NSW from 1809 to 1822.
MOTTO: Respice,Aspice, Prospice, which means
''Survey the past, examine the present, look to
787.4 sq km.
BIGGEST AGE GROUP: 45 to 54 (26,295).
ORIGINAL INHABITANTS: Awabakal people.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE:
MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE: 22˚C.
MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE: 15˚C.
MEAN ANNUAL RAINFALL: 1151.3 mm.
FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS: Miss
Universe winner, TV presenter and model
Jennifer Hawkins is Holmesville born. Yahoo
Serious, the star of Australian films including
Young Einstein, comes from Cardiff while,
although born elsewhere, singers Marcia
Hines and John Paul Young have made Lake
Macquarie their home. Sir William Dobell was
born in Newcastle but lived at Wangi Wangi
for many years. A founder of the Seventh-
Day Adventist Church, Ellen White, lived at
Cooranbong in the 1890s. Sport stars include
soccer star Craig Johnston, Australia's most
decorated footballer with English League
Championship, FA Cup and European Cup
medals, Olympic softballer Natalie Ward,
champion snooker player Eddie Charlton,
Australian Test cricketer Robert ''Dutchy''
Holland, sailors including Alby Burgin, Tony
Mowbray, Nathan Outteridge and Chris
Nicholson, golfer Nick Flanagan, league stars
Paul Harragon and Mark Sargeant, Hockeyroo
Michelle Andrews and surf stars Josh Blair and
LOCALITIES: Adamstown Heights*, Arcadia
Vale, Argenton, Avondale, Awaba, Balcolyn,
Balmoral, Barnsley, Bayswater, Belmont,
Belmont North, Belmont South, Bennetts
Green, Blackalls Park, Blacksmiths, Bolton
Point, Bonnells Bay, Boolaroo, Booragul,
Brightwaters, Bulgonia, Buttaba, Cameron
Park, Cams Wharf, Cardiff Heights, Cardiff
South, Cardiff, Carey Bay, Catherine Hill Bay*,
Caves Beach, Charlestown, Coal Point, Cockle
Creek, Cooranbong, Croudace Bay, Dora Creek,
Dudley, Edgeworth, Eleebana, Eraring, Estelville,
Fairley, Fassifern, Fennell Bay, Fishing Point,
Floraville, Freemans Waterhole, Garden City,
Garden Suburb, Gateshead, Gateshead West,
Glendale, Highfields*, Hillsborough, Holmesville,
Jewells, Jewells Crossing, Kahibah, Kendall
Grange, Kilaben Bay, Killingworth, Kotara
Heights*, Kotara South*, Lake Macquarie,
Lake View, Lakelands, Little Pelican, Macquarie
Hills, Mandalong, Marks Point, Marmong Point,
Martinsville, Middle Camp, Mirrabooka, Morisset
Park, Morisset, Mount Hutton, Myuna Bay, New
Lambton Heights*, Nords Wharf, O'Donnell
Town, Pelican, Pelican Flat, Pelican Flats,
Rankin Park*, Rathmines, Redhead, Ryhope,
Seahampton, Silverwater, Skye Point, Speers
Point, Stingaree Point, Sunshine, Swansea
Heads, Swansea, Teralba, Tingira Heights,
Toronto, Toronto West, Valentine, Violet Town,
Wakefield, Wangi Wangi, Wangi Point, Warners
Bay, West Wallsend, Whitebridge, Windale,
Windermere Park, Woodrising, Wyee Point,
Wyee*, Yarrawonga Park.
area and now living in south-western Lake
Macquarie, I can honestly say I live in the best
place in the world. We have the advantage of a
beautiful lake on our doorstep, stunning beaches
and the tranquillity of the Watagan Mountains,
but we also have galleries, restaurants, and a
capital city just a car ride away.
''We like to say, live the life, love the lake, and
I think that's true. Living in Lake Macquarie is
about a relaxed and friendly lifestyle.''
The area's population is already larger than
neighbouring Newcastle (183,138 residents),
and the population is expected to grow by
60,000 to 70,000 over the next 25 years, creating
demand for 36,500 new dwellings.
The area's laid-back style continues to impress
the over 55 age group and the numbers flocking
to the area are predicted to increase by 10 per
cent to 39 per cent of the total population over
the next two decades.
The area affectionately known as ''the lake''
is demographically a set of closely contiguous
towns - many of which grew around coal mines
- that merge with the suburbs of Newcastle to
the north. Some suburbs, such as Adamstown
Heights, are partly in Newcastle and partly in
There are 92 lake settlements ranging from
small rural communities to larger, higher
density areas such as Toronto, Warners Bay,
Belmont and Charlestown.
The area's central location, 90 minutes north
of Sydney, 10 minutes from Newcastle and 40
minutes from Hunter Wine Country and the
Central Coast, makes it an easy ''run'' for people
to visit and take in the sights and attractions.
On the western side of the lake, the Watagan
Mountains incorporate 13 forests and numerous
lookouts, picnic spots, camping areas and
The lake's foreshore is home to sandy beaches,
hidden coves and secluded bays. A number of
constructed environmentally friendly wetlands
have also been created.
Known for having relaxed town centres that
offer arts, crafts and boutique shopping, there
are also several major retail centres with chain
stores and national brands. Charlestown Square
in particular is a regional shopping destination.
World-class sporting facilities include the
Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale and a BMX
track at Argenton. Sporting events staged
throughout the year include the Loop the
Lake Bicycle Challenge, Lake Macquarie Half
Marathon and the Lake Macquarie Games,
while the lake itself is home to many world
Dobell House, the former residence and
artist studio of the late Sir William Dobell, is
located at Wangi and open to the public. Lake
Macquarie Art Gallery has ongoing exhibitions
as well as an impressive sculpture garden.
Musical and theatre productions are staged at
the Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre.
Bike riding is a popular pastime, particularly
among families, as Lake Macquarie offers
impressive cycleways, while the Green Point
Centenary of Federation Heritage Trail has
archaeological evidence of the region's original
inhabitants, the Awabakal tribe.
The people who call Lake Macquarie home
today live in a variety of accommodation from
beachside living to mountain hideaways,
lakeside homes, historic houses, new estates,
medium density villas and apartments.
Some 46,201 of the location's total labour force
of 82,226 are employed full-time with 25,329
part-time. The most common employment is in
school education (5.1 per cent), hospitals (4.2
per cent), cafes, restaurants and takeaway food
services (3.4 per cent), and supermarket and
grocery stores (2.8 per cent).
Industrially, the area is home to Vales Point
Power Station, the state's first major power
station located near its fuel source, in this
case coal, which is now one of two coal-fired
power stations on the lake shores. Vales Point
is on the southern shore near Mannering Park
while Eraring Power Station, a 1980s coal-fired
station which supplies 25 per cent of the state's
power, is on the western shore near Dora Creek.
The lake has so much on offer for a whole
range of people, from employment opportunities
to an array of water and land-based activities.
The setting is perfect and more often than not
the very name evokes memories of good times,
so much so that the population continues to
grow -- and grow fast.
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