Maitland Your Say

Welcome to Maitland Your Say. This is the place where you can tell us what you think about our proposed projects and plans.

We are committed to providing you with the information you need along with the opportunity to participate in the decision making that affects your lifestyle and environment.

Current consultations:

Also find out more information on recently closed consultations:

You are invited to register with Maitland Your Say to ensure you are kept informed and up to date with consultation results, advised of upcoming consultations and you can comment in our online discussions (forums), surveys and quick polls.

You are also welcome to follow us and participate in Maitland Your Say's online community on Facebook

'Together, we make Maitland'

 

Welcome to Maitland Your Say. This is the place where you can tell us what you think about our proposed projects and plans.

We are committed to providing you with the information you need along with the opportunity to participate in the decision making that affects your lifestyle and environment.

Current consultations:

Also find out more information on recently closed consultations:

You are invited to register with Maitland Your Say to ensure you are kept informed and up to date with consultation results, advised of upcoming consultations and you can comment in our online discussions (forums), surveys and quick polls.

You are also welcome to follow us and participate in Maitland Your Say's online community on Facebook

'Together, we make Maitland'

 

Consultation News

  • Consultation extended for draft Bicycle Pland and Strategy 2013

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    Due to the high level of interest received, the exhibition period for Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 has been extended until 5.00pm Monday 22 September.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure, including connecting key points across the city.

    Council has been seeking comment about the strategy since 11 July and has received feedback through....Read more

    Due to the high level of interest received, the exhibition period for Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 has been extended until 5.00pm Monday 22 September.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure, including connecting key points across the city.

    Council has been seeking comment about the strategy since 11 July and has received feedback through a range of forums, in particular during the Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival.

    Manager Infrastructure Strategy and Works Programming Chris McGrath says ‘The consultation was supposed to close three days after the Aroma festival. Given the interest in the strategy, a decision was made to give residents an extended opportunity in which they can share their thoughts about the strategy.

    ‘So far we have received some great feedback which supports the overall plan and strategy. The feedback received has also emphasised the need for an extended off route cycle way which is something that the plan identifies as part of the proposed routes and linkages’.

    The extended consultation period will also allow Council to hold a community drop in session at the Maitland Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to come along and view the plan, ask questions and share their thoughts on what is proposed.

    ‘The drop in session is a great opportunity for residents to view the plan and to discuss future proposed cycle routes throughout Maitland with Council staff,’ said Mr McGrath.

    Community Drop In Session

    Monday, 15 September 2014

    12.00 noon to 1.00pm

    Maitland Town Hall

    285-287 High Street Maitland.

    Residents unable to attend the drop in session can view the plan and strategy by visiting maitlandyoursay.com.au or at Council’s libraries and Administration Building.

    Submissions can be made by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au or by mail to

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Attention: Chris McGrath

    Residents can also register at maitlandyoursay.com.au or like the Facebook page facebook.com/maitlandyoursay to stay up to date with the outcomes of the consultation.


    by Maitland Your Say 09 Sep 2014, 02:06 PM
  • A pivotal plan for the heritage of Maitland goes on public exhibition

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    The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan, which brings the heritage of Maitland to life in the contexts of tourism, heritage and urban renewal has been placed on public exhibition today.

    The Master Plan aims to position Maitland at the forefront of innovative, creative and contemporary heritage interpretation, and will further promote Central Maitland as the vibrant heart of the City.

    A wide range of multisensory interpretive media from permanent installations to ‘pop ups’, soundscapes, tactile installations and heritage inspired public art are proposed as part of The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan.

    Stories from Maitland's important and fascinating past will....Read more

    The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan, which brings the heritage of Maitland to life in the contexts of tourism, heritage and urban renewal has been placed on public exhibition today.

    The Master Plan aims to position Maitland at the forefront of innovative, creative and contemporary heritage interpretation, and will further promote Central Maitland as the vibrant heart of the City.

    A wide range of multisensory interpretive media from permanent installations to ‘pop ups’, soundscapes, tactile installations and heritage inspired public art are proposed as part of The Central Maitland Interpretation Master Plan.

    Stories from Maitland's important and fascinating past will be used to diversify the visitor experience and engage residents with the city's proud history.

    It is intended that the interpretation strategies identified in the Master Plan will act as agents in the revitalisation of Central Maitland.
    Maitland City Council Heritage Officer Clare James says ‘Council is keen to identify community partners to work with and help bring the Master Plan to life. As projects begin to unfold, you can expect to see stories of Maitland around its architecture, the river, our heroes and villains, poverty and prosperity’.

    The Master Plan will remain on public exhibition until 29 August 2014.

    ‘Council is excited and interested to hear what really grabs people about presenting the heritage of the city,’ said Ms James.
    A booth and installations will be set up during next month’s Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival, offering people the opportunity to find out more information about the Master Plan.

    A copy of the Master Plan can be viewed at Council’s libraries and the Council Administration Building or by clicking here.

    by Maitland Your Say 24 Jul 2014, 12:26 PM
  • Let's talk less waste community workshops

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    Maitland City Council is encouraging residents and business owners to contribute to the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City, by attending a community workshop at Maitland Town Hall on Monday 28 July 2014.

    Council’s Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘During the workshops, Council will identify the values of residents and businesses when it comes to waste and identify key goals they would like to see included in the waste management strategy’.

    Afternoon and evening workshop sessions have been organised to allow as many residents as possible to attend.

    ‘Council encourages residents to come....Read more

    Maitland City Council is encouraging residents and business owners to contribute to the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City, by attending a community workshop at Maitland Town Hall on Monday 28 July 2014.

    Council’s Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘During the workshops, Council will identify the values of residents and businesses when it comes to waste and identify key goals they would like to see included in the waste management strategy’.

    Afternoon and evening workshop sessions have been organised to allow as many residents as possible to attend.

    ‘Council encourages residents to come along, participate in the workshop and contribute to the overall vision and solutions for Maitland’s future waste management,’ said Mr Simm.

    The workshops form part of Council’s ‘Let’s talk less waste’ engagement program, which has been designed to further explore the community’s overall vision for future waste management and key drivers for decision making.

    Community Workshops
    Monday 28 July 2014
    1.00 pm and 5.30 pm
    Maitland Town Hall, 285-287 High Street Maitland

    Residents unable to attend a community workshop are invited to visit maitlandyoursay.com.au and share their views by participating in the survey, forums and social media posts or by contacting the Engagement Team on 4934 9896.

    The closing date for comments is 5.00 pm Friday 1 August.

    For more information and to stay up to date with this project as it progresses, register your interest at maitlandyoursay.com.au or like us on facebook.com/maitlandyoursay.

    by Maitland Your Say 24 Jul 2014, 04:16 PM
  • Draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013

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    Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 was endorsed during last night’s Council meeting and will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days from Friday 11 July.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure.

    Council’s Manager Infrastructure Strategy and Works Programming Chris McGrath says ‘The draft strategy builds on the Bike Plan 2005, to continue, connect, modify and broaden recommended routes.

    Maitland City Council’s draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 was endorsed during last night’s Council meeting and will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days from Friday 11 July.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy reviews the existing Bike Plan 2005 and provides updated mapping of the existing cycleway network across the Maitland Local Government Area (LGA). It also presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure.

    Council’s Manager Infrastructure Strategy and Works Programming Chris McGrath says ‘The draft strategy builds on the Bike Plan 2005, to continue, connect, modify and broaden recommended routes.

    The Plan will form the basis of development requirements in new subdivisions and assist in the design considerations of current and future works programing’.

    The vision of the Maitland Bicycle Plan and Strategy is Inclusive + Connected + Integrated.

    The eight objectives outlined, which support the strategies and vision and provide a consistent standard of facilities within in LGA include:

    1. Provide an overarching strategy for provision of cycle facilities within the LGA.
    2. Increase the use of the bicycles within the community.
    3. Encourage alternative methods of transport.
    4. Improve community health and provide safer routes to school.
    5. Reduce the number of missing links and severance within the existing bicycle network.
    6. Reduce the number of bicycle accidents.
    7. Improve connectivity of the cycle network and other transport modes, primarily bus, car, train and pedestrians.
    8. Complement existing and planned cycleways.

    The draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013 can be viewed online by clicking here. Hard copies of the draft strategy will also be made available at Maitland City Council’s administration building and library branches.

    Submission must include the full details of the author and be addressed as follows:

    Draft Bicycle Plan and Strategy 2013

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Attention : Chris McGarth

    Submissions can also be lodged by email to:

    yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au  


    by Maitland Your Say 10 Jul 2014, 03:59 PM
  • Let's talk less waste

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    Maitland City Council is seeking community input into the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City.

    With each resident of Maitland generating on average over 600 kg of waste every year and the city’s only landfill site expected to be full in less than five years, managing Maitland’s waste into the future is big challenge.

    Maitland City Council Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘The development of a 20 year strategy for waste management will set a clear direction for the community of Maitland, with the strategy establishing a vision for the future, accompanied by....Read more

    Maitland City Council is seeking community input into the development of a 20 year waste management strategy for the City.

    With each resident of Maitland generating on average over 600 kg of waste every year and the city’s only landfill site expected to be full in less than five years, managing Maitland’s waste into the future is big challenge.

    Maitland City Council Manager Development and Environment David Simm says ‘The development of a 20 year strategy for waste management will set a clear direction for the community of Maitland, with the strategy establishing a vision for the future, accompanied by a number of high level goals.

    Once in place Council can identify the steps that will need to be taken to reach these goals’.

    The strategy will also guide Council’s decision making on waste management services into the future.

    ‘Council will be able to better plan and dedicate resources and identify priorities for accessing grant funding.’

    Council has spent considerable time investigating options for future waste management, in line with regional, national and global trends.

    A report prepared by consultants Hyder explored 12 options for the treatment and disposal of the city’s waste, and possibly commercial and industrial waste until 2030. These options found varying social, environmental and financial impacts associated with each scenario, and recommended that these impacts should be discussed with the community to determine priorities.

    Council’s ‘Let’s talk less waste’ engagement program has been designed to further explore the community’s overall vision for future waste management and key drivers for decision making.

    ‘Council is inviting residents and businesses to discuss different waste management options and explore potential solutions together , by participating in the online survey, online forums, social media comment and face to face workshops,’ said Mr Simm.

    The online survey and discussion forums are available by visiting maitlandyoursay.com.au. A hard copy of the information can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building or libraries. Community workshops will be held on Monday 28 July at 1.00pm and 5.30pm in the Maitland Town Hall.

    Consultation closes 1 August 2014.

    by Maitland Your Say 08 Jul 2014, 10:11 AM
  • Coming soon – ‘let’s talk less waste’

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    Council will kick off its ‘lets talk less waste’ consultation on Monday, 7 July 2014. The consultation aims to identify a long term waste management vision for the City and identify what Council and the community would like to achieve in managing our waste and recycling.

    Maitland is facing a number of challenges when it comes to disposing of the City’s waste, one of the challenges is our landfill site Mount Vincent is expected to be at capacity in less than 5 years. This issue along with community pressures for an expanded waste services and a strengthening environmental regime sees the....Read more

    Council will kick off its ‘lets talk less waste’ consultation on Monday, 7 July 2014. The consultation aims to identify a long term waste management vision for the City and identify what Council and the community would like to achieve in managing our waste and recycling.

    Maitland is facing a number of challenges when it comes to disposing of the City’s waste, one of the challenges is our landfill site Mount Vincent is expected to be at capacity in less than 5 years. This issue along with community pressures for an expanded waste services and a strengthening environmental regime sees the need for a holistic Waste Management Strategy to be developed for the Maitland Local Government Area.



    Council invites you to have your say:

    • Visit our consultation site from the 7th July 'let's talk less waste' to take a quick poll, join the discussion in a forum or register for a workshop.
    • Take the online survey
    • Attend a workshop:
                             28 July, Maitland Town Hall, 285-287 High Street Maitland at 1pm-3pm
                             28 July, Maitland Town Hall, 285-287 High Street Maitland at 5.30pm-7.30pm


    Consultation closes 1st August 2014.


    by Maitland Your Say 01 Jul 2014, 03:49 PM
  • Your thoughts wanted on plans for Maitland Park

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    Maitland Park is a popular place for our community to enjoy an active lifestyle because of its unique facilities, active spaces, iconic heritage features and recreation facilities.

    Maitland City Council has released a formal planning document known as a Plan of Management (PoM) outlining how Maitland Park will be used, managed and improved over the next 10 years and is seeking your input. The Plan of Management and accompanying draft Master Plan have been developed by Council in collaboration with Moir Landscape Architects.

    As important documents for the park's future Council welcomes your feedback in this exciting planning stage. Consultation....Read more

    Maitland Park is a popular place for our community to enjoy an active lifestyle because of its unique facilities, active spaces, iconic heritage features and recreation facilities.

    Maitland City Council has released a formal planning document known as a Plan of Management (PoM) outlining how Maitland Park will be used, managed and improved over the next 10 years and is seeking your input. The Plan of Management and accompanying draft Master Plan have been developed by Council in collaboration with Moir Landscape Architects.

    As important documents for the park's future Council welcomes your feedback in this exciting planning stage. Consultation will be open until Friday 18th July 2014.

    Find out more about the plans and participate in the consultation here.



    by Maitland Your Say 30 May 2014, 01:59 PM
  • Seeking community views on draft Coronation Oval Plan of Management

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    Coronation Oval Sporting Complex is a local level sporting and recreation reserve catering to the Telarah Community and surrounding suburbs. The Sporting Complex provides active and passive recreation opportunities and is well used by local sporting clubs and the local community. 

    Coronation Oval Sporting Complex contains Coronation Oval, Hartcher Field, Ron Walsh Field, Telarah Bowling Club and passive recreation facilities. Council, in conjunction with Moir Landscape Architecture, has created a Draft Plan of Management and associated Masterplan for the sporting complex that will outline how the facility will be used, managed and improved into the future. 

    Community values, issues and....Read more

    Coronation Oval Sporting Complex is a local level sporting and recreation reserve catering to the Telarah Community and surrounding suburbs. The Sporting Complex provides active and passive recreation opportunities and is well used by local sporting clubs and the local community. 

    Coronation Oval Sporting Complex contains Coronation Oval, Hartcher Field, Ron Walsh Field, Telarah Bowling Club and passive recreation facilities. Council, in conjunction with Moir Landscape Architecture, has created a Draft Plan of Management and associated Masterplan for the sporting complex that will outline how the facility will be used, managed and improved into the future. 

    Community values, issues and priorities are important inputs into these plans and Council welcomes your participation in this process. Submissions should be lodged with Council no later than Friday 18th July, 2014.

    You can view the future proposals and planning documents here and here.

    Submission must include the full details of the author and be addressed as follows:

    Draft Coronation Oval Sporting Complex  Plan of Management

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Attention : Amanda McMahon.

    Submissions can also be lodged by email to:

    yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au



    by Maitland Your Say 30 May 2014, 02:50 PM
  • Special Rate Variation Approved by IPART

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    Maitland City Council is committed to delivering quality services and improved infrastructure to the local community, following approval of its application for a special rate variation.

    General Manager David Evans says ‘the approval will see Council’s total rates revenue increased by 7.25% each year for seven years and ensure the organisation is able to financially sustain service delivery to a growing community’. Under the approval, average residential urban rates increase by $71.00 in 2014/15.

    Under the rating package, Council will enhance services in key areas of community priority and continue to maintain existing services to a fast....Read more

    Maitland City Council is committed to delivering quality services and improved infrastructure to the local community, following approval of its application for a special rate variation.

    General Manager David Evans says ‘the approval will see Council’s total rates revenue increased by 7.25% each year for seven years and ensure the organisation is able to financially sustain service delivery to a growing community’. Under the approval, average residential urban rates increase by $71.00 in 2014/15.

    Under the rating package, Council will enhance services in key areas of community priority and continue to maintain existing services to a fast growing population.

    ‘Residents can expect to see more spent on recreational cycleways, roads and footpaths, sporting facilities, public amenities and access to the Hunter River over the next few years,’ said Mr Evans.

    In addition to increasing rating revenue, Council will increase borrowings and use loans to fund appropriate infrastructure renewal works. More ambitious grant funding targets have also been identified, as well as an annual productivity target of $500,000 each year commencing in 2015/16.

    ‘This has been a challenging 18 months for Council, as we worked through some of the complex issues facing local government in NSW with the community. We believe a seven year period (the maximum allowed under State legislation) provides certainty to ratepayers and will also see Council deliver some significant improvements to our services,’ said Mr Evans.

    Mayor Peter Blackmore said it had been a tough decision to proceed with an application, but the elected Council was focused on the best interests of residents both now and into the future.

    ‘To delay acting on the very clear financial challenge we faced would have been irresponsible. Without increases to rates, we would have had to take services away from our local community – not something anyone wants to see in a city growing like ours.

    ‘We can now take positive steps forward, and deliver on a broad range of commitments to our residents,’ said Mayor Blackmore.

    The Mayor also emphasised that Council had mechanisms in place to assist ratepayers experiencing hardship.

    ‘I’d encourage anyone experiencing difficulties in paying their rates to contact our staff as soon as possible so that appropriate plans can be made,’ said Cr Blackmore.

    A key condition of IPART’s approval is providing information to the community outlining how funds have been spent. This will be undertaken in a variety of ways, ranging from direct mail, information at libraries and Council’s Annual Report.

    IPART determination can be views here and background information can be viewed at www.maitlandyoursay.com.au

    Council’s application submitted to IPART can be found here. Further details on the Special Rate Variation process and providing comment directly to IPART can be seen at www.ipart.nsw.gov.au


    by Maitland Your Say 17 Jun 2014, 03:46 PM
  • Plans for Lochinvar development out for public comment

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    Maitland City Council has released key planning guidelines for community comment for the future residential development of Lochinvar.

    After more than ten years of planning for up to 5,000 potential lots, Council has placed the Draft Lochinvar Urban Release Area Development Control Plan Chapter and Section 94 Development Contributions Plan on public exhibition until 6th May 2014.

    Council’s Manager Urban Growth Ian Shillington says ‘together the plans illustrate what would occur in the area over the next ten to 15 years, with Council working hard to ensure the needs of current and future residents would be met.

    ‘The plans were....Read more

    Maitland City Council has released key planning guidelines for community comment for the future residential development of Lochinvar.

    After more than ten years of planning for up to 5,000 potential lots, Council has placed the Draft Lochinvar Urban Release Area Development Control Plan Chapter and Section 94 Development Contributions Plan on public exhibition until 6th May 2014.

    Council’s Manager Urban Growth Ian Shillington says ‘together the plans illustrate what would occur in the area over the next ten to 15 years, with Council working hard to ensure the needs of current and future residents would be met.

    ‘The plans were based on an estimate of 14,000 new residents in the area, whilst also striving to retain the rural amenity of the township’.

    The developer contributions required per lot are outlined in the Section 94 plan, along with the infrastructure to be funded. This includes parks and playgrounds, sportsgrounds, cycleways, footpaths and roads.

    An $11.5 million funding allocation from the NSW State Government’s Housing Acceleration Fund for construction of an intersection on the New England Highway has enabled Council to remove that item from the Section 94 Plan. Further State Government funding has been allocated toward upgrades to water and waste water services in the area.

    Mr Shillington says ‘While the focus has been on ensuring an efficient road network, public transport has also been actively considered, including the provision of bus shelters, while upgrades have already occurred to Lochinvar Station to assist with meeting the needs of the growing town’.

    The plans have been placed on exhibition for 28 days. Following the exhibition period, a report will be presented to Council.
    The draft plans can be viewed on Council’s website maitland.nsw.gov.au/PlanningDevel/Exhibition. Submissions can be made in writing to the General Manager PO Box 220, Maitland NSW 2320.

    Email submissions for the Draft Lochinvar Urban Release Area Development Control Plan Chapter can be made to joshf@maitland.nsw.gov.au and submission for Draft Section 94 Development Contributions Plan to anneh@maitland.nsw.gov.au

    by Maitland Your Say 10 Apr 2014, 04:22 PM