Lake Macquarie City Council has cancelled this year’s Lake Mac Festival due to the ongoing COVID-19 risk.

After consultation with NSW Police, Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser admitted cancelling the event held over the Australia Day long weekend was a difficult decision.

“We must keep people safe first and foremost… I believe this is the right one for our community,” Cr Fraser said.

A COVID-safe Citizenship Ceremony will still take place as planned on Australia Day.

More than 40 new citizens will be welcomed.

“Welcoming people from all cultural backgrounds and walks of life adds diversity and richness to our community, and seeing their joy and pride as they become Australian citizens is a true privilege,” Fraser said.