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'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:

  • There are no 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

  • Council propose changes to notification processes

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    A change to notification requirements for Development Applications has been proposed as part of a comprehensive review of the Maitland Development Control Plan (DCP) 2011.

    Community Participation is the first area of the comprehensive review and sees a number of proposed changes to its current requirements. This part of the DCP sets out the way in which Council notifies and advertises development applications, including Section 96 amendments. A significant change to these requirements is the notification process to reflect and be consistent with current complying development processes.

    Specifically, the following changes to the notification processes are proposed:

    A change to notification requirements for Development Applications has been proposed as part of a comprehensive review of the Maitland Development Control Plan (DCP) 2011.

    Community Participation is the first area of the comprehensive review and sees a number of proposed changes to its current requirements. This part of the DCP sets out the way in which Council notifies and advertises development applications, including Section 96 amendments. A significant change to these requirements is the notification process to reflect and be consistent with current complying development processes.

    Specifically, the following changes to the notification processes are proposed:

    • Most two storey dwellings, dual occupancies and alterations and additions up to a maximum height of 8.5 metres measured from existing ground level will no longer be notified provided they meet the privacy, setbacks and overshadowing provisions of the Residential Design Guidelines part of the DCP.

    • Changes are proposed to notification procedures for development applications in Heritage Conservation Areas. At present the existing DCP provisions require all applications for development and/or demolition within a Conservation Area to be notified. Accordingly amendments have been drafted whereby the following types of applications in Heritage Conservation Areas will no longer be automatically notified:

      • Internal and external alterations

      • Single storey car ports and garages

      • Single storey additions

      • Minor demolition of ancillary non-contributory elements

      • Change of use in commercial areas

        All development affecting and/or relating to listed Heritage Items will continue to be notified and advertised as per current practice.

    • Provisions have been drafted to clarify the re-notification processes for development applications that are amended prior to determination

    • Provisions have been drafted to clarify the notification processes for applications under Section 96.

    The amendments will be out for public comment from Wednesday 18 February until Friday 20 March 2015. The full Council report can be viewed here. The draft DCP amendments can be viewed on Council’s website using this link.

    Submissions can be made in writing by email to mcc@maitland.nsw.gov.au or by mail to:

    The General Manager

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    The proposed changes can viewed here.


    18 Feb 2015, 09:24 AM
  • $1.2M funding for green waste collection

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    A grant of $1.2 million from the NSW State Government for green waste bins was announced on Wednesday 11 February.

    The funding for the Maitland local government area will go toward 28,000 green lid bins for the collection of household garden waste.

    The bins will be used in fortnightly kerbside collection service, expected to be up and running from July 2016.

    The bins will allow residents to get rid of grass clippings, weeds and leaves that will then be turned into compost. Education programs will also be funded to create awareness of...Read more

    A grant of $1.2 million from the NSW State Government for green waste bins was announced on Wednesday 11 February.

    The funding for the Maitland local government area will go toward 28,000 green lid bins for the collection of household garden waste.

    The bins will be used in fortnightly kerbside collection service, expected to be up and running from July 2016.

    The bins will allow residents to get rid of grass clippings, weeds and leaves that will then be turned into compost. Education programs will also be funded to create awareness of recycling garden waste and to highlight the importance it has in minimising waste that ends up in landfill.

    General Manager David Evans welcomed the funding for the new collection service.

    “This grant will give Council the opportunity to work cooperatively with our neighbours Cessnock and Singleton Councils, who were also awarded under the grant,” Mr Evans said.

    “It will mean that the management of green waste can be carried out more sustainably, which is great news for our community for our region.”

    Stay up to date on Council’s waste consultation, including the next stages of the Waste Strategy, via the 'let’s talk less waste' page.
    13 Feb 2015, 02:50 PM
  • FloodSafe workshops help residents prepare for the inevitable

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    Hunter residents are invited to increase their flood preparedness skills and learn how to prepare for potentially dangerous flood events by attending a free workshop delivered by the NSW State Emergency Service this February.

    The flood safety workshops will be held in Maitland and are designed to educate local residents about the flood risks in the Hunter while providing participants with a toolkit of practical resources to increase their individual and family resilience in times of flooding.

    These informative workshops are free to the public and form part of a month-long series of events jointly delivered by the NSW SES...Read more

    Hunter residents are invited to increase their flood preparedness skills and learn how to prepare for potentially dangerous flood events by attending a free workshop delivered by the NSW State Emergency Service this February.

    The flood safety workshops will be held in Maitland and are designed to educate local residents about the flood risks in the Hunter while providing participants with a toolkit of practical resources to increase their individual and family resilience in times of flooding.

    These informative workshops are free to the public and form part of a month-long series of events jointly delivered by the NSW SES and Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Hunter Valley flood. The highest and most destructive flood on record in the region saw thousands of people rescued, hundreds of homes washed away or destroyed, and 14 lives tragically lost.

    ‘The 60th anniversary provides a timely reminder for the community to prepare their home and family for future major floods. Taking the time to prepare now can mean the difference between suffering an inconvenience and experiencing a disaster,’ workshop facilitator Neil Dufty said.

    ‘In response to the level of destruction caused by the 1955 flood, the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme was constructed and a dedicated emergency service was formed. This emergency service provided the foundations for the modern day NSW State Emergency Service’ Mr Dufty continued.

    ‘During a major flood however, these mitigation measures and resources can become overwhelmed. Levees will overtop in a flood slightly higher than that of June 2007, and residential and business areas will be inundated, with roads made impassable due to flooding.’

    ‘The NSW SES has well trained and equipped personnel to support the Hunter Region during natural disasters with approximately 650 volunteers trained to respond to these events. In large-scale events however, these resources are committed far and wide across the region, thereby emphasising the need for the community to focus on self-reliance and an ability to assist others in their community in times of floods.’

    The workshop will utilise Flood Warnings previously issued by the Bureau of Meteorology during the June 2007 floods as examples of real-life warnings in flood events to demonstrate what this means to the community and how they should act on this information if evacuation was required in future events. Issues such as congested evacuation routes and disruption of utilities such as electricity will be discussed.’

    ‘Participants can expect to complete the workshop with a better understanding of local flood risks and increased practical skills including how to prepare a home emergency kit and an emergency plan,’ Mr Dufty said.

    The workshops will be held on the following dates and venues:

    • 5-6.30pm - Wednesday, 18 February, East Maitland Library

    • 10-11.30am - Thursday, 19 February, East Maitland Library

    • 10-11.30am - Saturday, 21 February Maitland Town Hall

    Workshop bookings are required – please contact the NSW SES, 4931 3222.

    For media interviews contact: Amanda Hyde, Community Engagement Coordinator,NSW SES Hunter Region on 4931 3222 or 0477 367 220, or email amanda.hyde1@one.ses.nsw.gov.au

    1955 Flood Commemoration - Program of Events, http://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au/

    • 1955 Hunter Valley Flood Exhibition

      See interactive displays, learn how to prepare for flooding and watch Cinesound and Movietone footage. Entry is free. Official opening on Sat 21 Feb at 9am

      Sat 21 – Sun 22 Feb, 9am – 4pm, Maitland Town Hall

    • Maitland Floodways Tours

      Join a bus tour and learn how the Lower Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme operates in times of flooding to reduce the impact of floods in Maitland. Book at Maitland Town Hall on the day. Sat 21 Feb & Sun 22 Feb – tours depart: 10am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm.

    • Hunter River Life art exhibition, Brough House, Church St, Maitland

      View works of art and natural history by local artist Julianne Tilse.

      Sun 15 Feb, from 10am - 3pm, free entry

      Sun 22 Feb Open House Grossman & Brough House, from 10am to 3pm, $5 entry

    • Look Who’s Talking Local History
      A special screening of the digitally restored classic 1978 Australian film Newsfront, with 1955 flood footage, and a panel discussion. Presented by Maitland City Library and the National Film and Sound Archive. Wed, 25 Feb, 6pm- 9.15pm, Reading Cinema Maitland, entry is free. RSVP to programmes@maitland.nsw.gov.au or Ph. 4933 6952


    10 Feb 2015, 03:07 PM
  • Bike Plan Adopted

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    Following a period of community consultation, Council adopted the Maitland Bicycle Plan & Strategy 2014, which maps the existing cycleway network and presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure. The plan represents broad routes that would best serve the cycleway network and improve access, with specific site locations subject to design, usage and funding when works are proposed in future capital works programs. The full Council Report including minutes can be seen here, information on the consultation can be seen here.


    Following a period of community consultation, Council adopted the Maitland Bicycle Plan & Strategy 2014, which maps the existing cycleway network and presents recommendations of potential improvements to the cycle network infrastructure. The plan represents broad routes that would best serve the cycleway network and improve access, with specific site locations subject to design, usage and funding when works are proposed in future capital works programs. The full Council Report including minutes can be seen here, information on the consultation can be seen here.


    07 Jan 2015, 02:51 PM
  • Council exhibits Anambah Urban Release Area Planning Proposal and Area Plan

    Council is currently considering a Planning Proposal to rezone land, known as the Anambah Urban Release Area, from RU 2 Rural Landscape to a mixture of R1 Residential, R5 Large Lot Residential, E4 Environmental Living and B1 Neighbourhood Centre zones to accommodate future urban growth in the locality.

    Council’s Manager Urban Growth, Ian Shillington says ‘The proposal is supported by site specific studies and an Area Plan which provides objectives and guidelines to achieve an urban environment outcome consistent with the adopted Anambah Structure Plan’.

    It is proposed to manage land use patterns across the urban release...Read more

    Council is currently considering a Planning Proposal to rezone land, known as the Anambah Urban Release Area, from RU 2 Rural Landscape to a mixture of R1 Residential, R5 Large Lot Residential, E4 Environmental Living and B1 Neighbourhood Centre zones to accommodate future urban growth in the locality.

    Council’s Manager Urban Growth, Ian Shillington says ‘The proposal is supported by site specific studies and an Area Plan which provides objectives and guidelines to achieve an urban environment outcome consistent with the adopted Anambah Structure Plan’.

    It is proposed to manage land use patterns across the urban release area through a combination of zones, lot size maps and site specific controls within the Area Plan. It is also proposed to manage lot sizes within the R1 Residential zone through the Anambah Area Plan and corresponding specific Local Environment Plan (LEP) clause.

    ‘In simple terms, Council is providing for residential land for up to 3,000 new houses on different lot sizes at Anambah. The new estate will include sporting fields, parks, shops and a school to support the new community’, said Mr Shillington.

    Council has placed the Planning Proposal, Area Plan and Gateway Determination on exhibition inviting submissions from the public until 16 January 2015. Submissions must quote reference number RZ 12/001 and can be made by emailing strategicplanning@maitland.nsw.gov.au  or by mail to:

    The General Manager
    PO Box 220
    Maitland NSW 2320

    Copies of the exhibition material can be accessed at Council’s Administration Building, 285-287 High Street Maitland, Maitland City Library and Rutherford Branch Library as well as on Council’s website. Supporting site information can be accessed, on request, by contacting Council’s Urban Growth Team on 4934 9700.


    09 Dec 2014, 04:06 PM
  • Council exhibits draft LEP Flood Maps, DCP and Management Plan for Maitland

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    Maitland City Council is seeking community comment on its draft Hunter River Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (FRMSP). The FRMSP is the final stage in the flood management process that was initiated by Council in 2010.

    Proposed changes to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) flood maps, and Development Control Plan (DCP) Hunter River Floodplain Management chapter are also being exhibited at the same time.

    Council’s Manager Urban Growth Ian Shillington says ‘The Study and Plan focuses on Hunter River floods rather than local catchment flooding and overland flow’.

    The Study and...Read more

    Maitland City Council is seeking community comment on its draft Hunter River Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan (FRMSP). The FRMSP is the final stage in the flood management process that was initiated by Council in 2010.

    Proposed changes to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) flood maps, and Development Control Plan (DCP) Hunter River Floodplain Management chapter are also being exhibited at the same time.

    Council’s Manager Urban Growth Ian Shillington says ‘The Study and Plan focuses on Hunter River floods rather than local catchment flooding and overland flow’.

    The Study and Plan will also address the following issues for the city:

    • The existing floodplain management framework and flood problem.
    • The potential impacts of climate change.
    • Floodplain risk management measures, such as on site detention and catchment treatment.
    • Proposed response measures, including flood warning and evacuation planning, public information and raising flood awareness.
    • Flood modification measures, including levees and spillways.
    • The property modification measures required by Council, developers and residents, such as development control planning and flood proofing.

    ‘The draft FRMSP represents a reasonable and practical approach to dealing with flood risk for future development in Maitland. It is consistent with the State Government and Council’s planning policies for the city, whilst also maintaining compliance with the NSW Floodplain Management Manual,’ said Mr Shillington.

    Amendments to Flood Planning Maps in the MLEP 2011 will provide a Flood Planning level based on comprehensive flood mapping across the whole LGA. There will be properties that will now be shown as flood affected on the proposed Flood Planning Maps that are not shown on the existing maps, while there are other properties that are now less affected by flooding.

    The most significant change to the Maitland DCP 2011 is the move towards allowing habitable floorspace in a dwelling located below the flood planning level. For the past 40 years or so the planning framework around Central Maitland has actively discouraged residential development.

    Copies of the FRMSP, including proposed amendments to the Maitland Citywide DCP and LEP 2011 can be viewed online by visiting maitlandyoursay.com.au .Copies are also available at Council’s Administration Building and four library branches.

    Three information sessions will be held on Thursday 4 December. The information sessions have been scheduled for 11.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm in the Maitland Town Hall, 285-287 High Street Maitland. Visit maitlandyoursay.com.au to register for an information session.

    The Draft FRMSP, LEP and DCP will be on public exhibition until 30 January 2015. Submissions must be made in writing and provided to Council by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au or by mail to:

    The General Manager

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Submissions should quote at least one of the following reference numbers, depending on the nature of the submission. Where a submission refers to more than one Plan, each reference number should be identified in the submission.

    Draft FRMSP: Reference No. 103/64

    Draft LEP: Reference No. RZ13007

    Draft DCP chapter: Reference No. 103/140


    13 Nov 2014, 09:36 AM
  • Council seeks feedback on draft Graffiti Management Plan

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    Maitland City Council’s draft Graffiti Management Plan was endorsed by Council on Tuesday 14 October and is out for public comment until Friday 14 November.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan makes a commitment to reducing levels of graffiti vandalism across the City with the aim to minimise graffiti on both public and private property.

    The management plan sets out a strategic approach to graffiti reduction and prevention through a framework that outlines actions under six principles; stakeholder engagement, prompt reporting and removal and provision of education resources.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan...Read more

    Maitland City Council’s draft Graffiti Management Plan was endorsed by Council on Tuesday 14 October and is out for public comment until Friday 14 November.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan makes a commitment to reducing levels of graffiti vandalism across the City with the aim to minimise graffiti on both public and private property.

    The management plan sets out a strategic approach to graffiti reduction and prevention through a framework that outlines actions under six principles; stakeholder engagement, prompt reporting and removal and provision of education resources.

    The draft Graffiti Management Plan can be viewed using this link and full copies of the Plan are available at Maitland City Council’s administration building and library branches. Submissions must include the full details of the author and be addressed as follows:


    Draft Graffiti Management Plan

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Submissions can also be lodged by email to:

    yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au


    20 Oct 2014, 09:33 AM
  • Council exhibits Porter Place Plan of Management

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    Porter Place is a local reserve located on the New England Highway, Lochinvar. The site is made up of three separate parcels of land and contains an amenities building, playground, a small kick about area, sheltered table and chairs and fenced boundary onto New England Highway. The adjacent Council owned land is a Tennis Court that contains one hard tennis court with fencing, tennis net, lighting and umpires chair, and a grassed area.

    Maitland City Council has released a formal planning document known as a Plan of Management (PoM) outlining how Porter Place will be used,...Read more

    Porter Place is a local reserve located on the New England Highway, Lochinvar. The site is made up of three separate parcels of land and contains an amenities building, playground, a small kick about area, sheltered table and chairs and fenced boundary onto New England Highway. The adjacent Council owned land is a Tennis Court that contains one hard tennis court with fencing, tennis net, lighting and umpires chair, and a grassed area.

    Maitland City Council has released a formal planning document known as a Plan of Management (PoM) outlining how Porter Place will be used, managed and improved over the next 10 years. The core objective of the plan is to retain and enhance the cultural significance of the area for past, present and future generations by the active use of conservation methods. Council is seeking community input for what’s proposed.

    What are the key strategies and actions?

    The draft PoM management strategies and actions include:

    • Two of the three parcels of land be retained as Community land and be re-categorised as ‘areas of cultural significance’. ‘Areas of cultural significance’ are those that may have important cultural or historic features on community land that have special meaning to the community such as memorials.

    • The reclassification of the Tennis Court and the remaining parcel of land from community land to operational land. The reclassification will be timely to the delivery of open space infrastructure north of the New England Highway.

    • The recognition of Porter Place as a rest area servicing the needs of travellers and tourists

    • Supporting the request from Greta RSL Sub Branch to relocate the WW1 Memorial Pillars and develop a memorial garden on the Porter Place site.

    • Retention and future upgrading of the public toilet and provision of new signage.

    • Removal and non-replacement of the playground equipment when due for renewal.

    How will the land be used into the future?

    Porter Place will be retained as a rest area including an amenities building, seating, shelter and fencing.  It is proposed that the playground not be replaced at the time of its renewal. Porter Place will generally be used as a travellers stop. The site will hold a proposed War Memorial garden consisting of landscaping and War Memorial Pillars and flag pole currently located on the adjacent Crown Land. Porter Place will hold a number of small scale memorial events for up to 200 people including the annual ANZAC Day ceremonies.

    How can I participate?

    Council is seeking community feedback on the draft plan and the recommendations it contains. You can share your thoughts in the form of a submission. Submissions must include details of the author and can be lodged online by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au or mailing to:

    Draft Porter Place Plan of Management

    The General Manager

    Maitland City council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    Attention: Lynn Morton

    All submission will be included in a report to Council and will be used to inform the Councillors when they review to the report for adoption.

    A full copy of the plan is available for viewing at Council libraries and Administration Building or can be viewed online using this link.


    14 Oct 2014, 03:57 PM
  • Council exhibits Conservation Mangement Plan for Glebe Cemetery

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    For a place of quiet contemplation, overlooking the flood plain of Wallis Creek, the East Maitland Glebe Cemetery continues to reveal secrets and surprises. Dating back to 1830, it is a place rich in real stories from the earliest days of Maitland’s European settlement.

    A  Conservation Management Plan for the Cemetery has been prepared to provide Maitland City Council with guidance for its conservation and care. Research for the Plan has uncovered a pocket of endangered dry rainforest species that existed prior to European settlement, along with indications of unmarked burials outside its boundaries.

    The Plan, now on public exhibition,...Read more

    For a place of quiet contemplation, overlooking the flood plain of Wallis Creek, the East Maitland Glebe Cemetery continues to reveal secrets and surprises. Dating back to 1830, it is a place rich in real stories from the earliest days of Maitland’s European settlement.

    A  Conservation Management Plan for the Cemetery has been prepared to provide Maitland City Council with guidance for its conservation and care. Research for the Plan has uncovered a pocket of endangered dry rainforest species that existed prior to European settlement, along with indications of unmarked burials outside its boundaries.

    The Plan, now on public exhibition, confirms why the site was recognised to have State value when listed in 2012 on the NSW State Heritage Register.

    Council’s Heritage Officer, Clare James says ‘It is a gem, which encapsulates so much of Maitland’s character - its colonial history, pastoral views across the floodplain, and exemplary stonework and detail. Many groups already recognise and value the place dearly. We now need to ensure that it receives sensitive and careful management’.

    The Plan was undertaken in accordance with recommendations from the NSW State Heritage Register listing, gazetted in August 2012. The preparation of the plan is also consistent with Council’s Cemetery Strategy 2013. Financial assistance under the NSW Heritage Grants Program was provided for the project.

    ‘There is a large amount of work to be done to stabilise perilous vaults, along with the conservation of individual monuments’, said Ms James.

    The Conservation Management Plan considered all elements of the site and its setting. This included the cemetery itself, a sandstone quarry which was first used prior to the establishment of the cemetery, the George Street unformed road access and the surrounding lands.

    The Plan will be exhibited until Monday 3 November and can be viewed by visiting maitlandyoursay.com.au

    Submissions can be lodged by emailing yoursay@maitland.nsw.gov.au(External link)or mailed to:

    Glebe Cemetery

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320


    07 Oct 2014, 04:10 PM
  • Proposed amendment to Citywide Development Control Plan 2011: draft Farley Urban Release Area chapter

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    Council is calling for public comment on the amendment to the Maitland Citywide Development Control Plan (DCP) 2011. A Development Control Plan provides detailed guidance and development controls for people wishing to carry out development. The amendment is to include a new chapter, that will specifically relate to the Farley Urban Release Area (URA).

    The Draft DCP chapter will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 1 October 2013 until Wednesday 29 October 2014. The Draft DCP chapter and supporting documents are available online at Council’s website using this link and also available to view...Read more

    Council is calling for public comment on the amendment to the Maitland Citywide Development Control Plan (DCP) 2011. A Development Control Plan provides detailed guidance and development controls for people wishing to carry out development. The amendment is to include a new chapter, that will specifically relate to the Farley Urban Release Area (URA).

    The Draft DCP chapter will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 1 October 2013 until Wednesday 29 October 2014. The Draft DCP chapter and supporting documents are available online at Council’s website using this link and also available to view in hard copy at the following locations:

    • Council’s Customer Service Centre, Administration Building, 285-287 High Street, Maitland, during normal office hours.

    • Rutherford Branch Library, Arthur Street, Rutherford, during ordinary library hours.

    Comments on the Draft DCP chapter should be provided in writing.

    Submissions should be addressed to:

    The General Manager

    Maitland City Council

    PO Box 220

    Maitland NSW 2320

    When making a submission quote reference number 103/152. Submissions should be received by Council no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Please ensure that the reasons for supporting or opposing the Draft DCP chapter are clearly stated.

    If you have any further enquiries regarding the Draft Farley URA DCP chapter, please contact Josh Ford (Strategic Town Planner) on Ph 02 4934 9729.


    01 Oct 2014, 10:11 AM