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Many meeting spaces will be purpose built for Gospel ministry with distraction free environments for Gospel discussion groups in wet or dry weather. These spaces will also satisfy school groups and band camps who require multiple spaces. Smaller meeting halls will be constructed near each cluster of cabins, so that the needs of multiple groups staying on site at the same time can be met. This will enable groups to meet, hear talks, perform music, play games, conduct bible studies and many other activities in their own cluster area.
All halls and meeting rooms will have audio visual capability, allowing for data projection, sound amplification (including hearing aid loops), band amplification and public address capabilities. The building design and materials for these meeting halls have been specifically chosen to limit sound, in consideration of neighbours. Technology plays a vital role in today’s world and can greatly assist Gospel delivery through relevant content. WiFi will be provided in all meeting spaces to enable camp speakers to creatively illustrate their messages.
View architectural plans for conference facilities below.
The refreshed and reinvigorated Lake Mac will be able to accommodate 308 campers. This will create room to expand the vision of ministry at the site from the current site capacity of 120 campers. Cabins will include a variety of accommodation configurations to meet the needs of different camp guests including school, church and community groups. The majority of rooms will sleep six young people in bunk beds, whilst teacher and leaders’ accommodation will sleep two adults. There will also be rooms in each cabin which provide accessibility for those with special needs. All rooms will contain ensuite bathroom facilities to enable multiple groups to stay at the site at one time.
Each cabin will be positioned to take advantage of the beautiful lake views, helping to create a feeling of being “totally away” from all the regular daily distractions and routines. They will be arranged in small clusters to allow for multiple groups to use the site, whilst still maintaining a feeling of separation and exclusivity. Cabins will be built to last over 30 years using the latest construction methods and building materials.
View architectural plans for cabins below.
Dining together is an essential component of camp. At meals, campers engage in informal discussions with leaders, forge new friendships and nurture existing ones.The redeveloped dining hall and commercial kitchen will seat up to 350 campers (allowing for extra day visitors) and feature an outdoor verandah area, to take full advantage of the beautiful lake views.
The second storey of the boat shed will also feature a functional space with servery with capacity for 120 people. This space will feature full waterfront views.
A new maintenance compound, staff housing, site office and car park will provide all the facilities necessary to maximise the potential of the site.
View architectural plans for function facilities below.
To serve the larger camper population and to provide active opportunities for fun, a multi-purpose sports hall will be built. It will provide a large space for indoor recreation, making the site less vulnerable to the seasonal fluctuations, which currently affect Lake Mac bookings. It will incorporate a full-size indoor basketball/netball/volleyball court, two indoor climbing walls, and provide a large band camp rehearsal space. An archery range, abseiling and rock climbing tower, low ropes course, high ropes course, initiatives course, netball and basketball courts, table tennis tables, giant chess board and 25m swimming pool will provide campers with plenty of fun, team-building activities where they can develop new skills, strengthen relationships and overcome limitations.
The current boatshed is badly rusted and must be demolished. It will be replaced by a new two-storey boatshed. The ground floor will house all the sailing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing equipment, with a large meeting space on the top floor. An outdoor chapel and fire pit will seat 120 people, with picturesque Lake Macquarie as the backdrop.
Additional land has been purchased adjacent to the main site. This will be used as a bivouac area sleeping 120 campers in tents, with environmentally friendly toileting facilities nearby. A mountain bike track, high ropes course, orienteering/rogaining course and areas for environmental studies will also feature here.
View architectural plans for activities below.