Wangi RSL President Les McAllister with Manager Wayne Izzard
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Wangi Wangi to become a Special Entertainment Precinct under new pilot program 

Lake Macquarie City Council will establish a special entertainment precinct in Wangi Wangi as part of a pilot program in partnership with the NSW Government.

The program aims to help local businesses who are struggling due to COVID-19 restrictions and give musicians the chance to take centre stage as part of the renewal.

Part of the program will include an event series they’re calling Wangi Live,

President of Wangi RSL Club Les McAllister said the event series would be a lifeline for businesses hit hard during the pandemic.

“Trade was scarily slow, we were worried it wouldn’t pick up at all,” Mr McAllister said.

“Wangi Live will promote Wangi Wangi big time, and it’ll be a great thing for local businesses. They’ll get a lot out of it.”

Lake Macquarie Deputy Mayor Jason Pauling said Council would work with the NSW government, businesses and local authorities throughout the pilot program.

“We want to see our night-time economy thrive while ensuring it’s safe and inviting,” Cr Pauling said.

“Wangi Wangi is so unique, it’s right on the water and has so much to offer visitors who wish to attend upcoming events.”

Lake Macquarie was one of three NSW councils selected to run the program. Inner West Council and City of Sydney were also selected to host a Special Entertainment Precinct. If the pilot is successful, the program will be rolled out to councils across NSW.