Local Government Profile
Lake Macquarie City - Australia
Mayor Kay Fraser
Lake Macquarie City Council has committed many actions to make the City resilient to natural disasters as part of its city-wide and localised sustainability programs. Over the past nine years, Council has worked towards reducing the City's natural disaster risks addressing all aspects of the United Nations' 'Ten Point Check List – Essentials for Making Cities Resilient'. Council continues to address natural disaster awareness and preparedness issues through flood and bushfire risk planning, management, education and engagement, including the provision of real-time alerts to community members about pending natural disasters. Council also works with residents and the business community to help them plan for and recover from a range of natural threats including storms, floods, bushfires and heat stress events.
Website of the city : www.lakemac.com.au
Size : 787.4 km2 sq km
Population : 2015 - 204166
Part Of : Australia
Hazards : Earthquake, Flood, Heat Wave, Wild Fire
Natural disasters pose a serious threat to Lake Macquarie City residents and their property and are responsible for over $300 million worth of damage per decade in the City. The present value of all environmental risks, including health and pollution risks, faced by Lake Macquarie over the decade 2010 - 2019 is estimated to be $1,829 million. The Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area has experienced a number of significant natural disasters including bushfires, floods, storms, and an earthquake. The June 2007 long weekend storm (a major ‘east coast low’) resulted in widespread flooding and wind damage in the Hunter Region, Central Coast and Sydney Metropolitan areas, grounding of the Pasha Bulker, (a 40,000 tonne bulk coal ship) on Nobby's Beach, Newcastle, and the tragic loss of nine lives (eight flood-related). The Hunter Region was declared a Natural Disaster Area. The storm was ranked as the seventh most costly natural disaster in Australian history (as at May 2013) in terms of insured losses - $1.48 billion. The infrastructure cleanup and damage bill for Lake Macquarie City was estimated at $19 million. This figure doesn’t include personal insurance claims. There are approximately 18,613 properties in Lake Macquarie City at risk from a severe flood (13,637 high hazard notation and 4,976 low hazard notation). Most climate models indicate a likely increase in the frequency and duration of extreme events such as heavy rains, droughts, and floods. Lake Macquarie will also be affected by projected sea level rise. To learn more about Lake Macquarie City Council’s Hazard and Vulnerability Profile, see the Nomination Form attached. See also the Be Ready Be Safe Project section (page 73) and Natural Hazards section (pages 112-114) in Council’s State of the Environment Report 2014-15 (attached)
When it comes to natural disaster resilience, Council’s vision is “to reduce communities’ vulnerability to natural hazards by encouraging stakeholders to build community resilience.” Over the past nine years (since the June 2007 storm/flood event), Council has initiated and implemented various strategies, actions and community education programs aimed at engendering awareness and preparedness for natural disaster events. Detailed information on Disaster Risk Reduction Activities undertaken to 2013 by Lake Macquarie City Council is available in the attached document 'Overview of progress by Lake Macquarie City Council on meeting the Ten Essentials'.