Posted on February 21, 2022
A new event space in Morisset that will host leading national and international artists will put Lake Macquarie on the map as an event tourism destination and create new economic and social opportunities in the south west quarter of the town.
Lake Macquarie councilors voted unanimously tonight to approve Winarch Capital’s development application for the Cedar Mill event site on the former Morisset Country Club golf course. The entertainment facility will host a range of events, markets and functions, with a capacity to stage outdoor performances for audiences of up to 30,000.
The demand for event site development is at the heart of the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Cedar Mill golf course, which also includes a tourist park, outdoor gardens, café, restaurant, water park and other recreational areas.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the development would raise Morisset’s profile and help realize the area’s untapped potential.
“The development will have positive economic benefits for Morisset and the town, facilitating exciting new tourism and entertainment opportunities,” said Cr Fraser.
“This will create jobs in the region and generate significant benefits for local tourism operators, hotel suppliers, equipment suppliers and other businesses that support and supply the events industry.
“It will boost the night-time economy and provide much-needed new social and recreational amenities for residents of Morisset and surrounding communities.
Cr Fraser said the The Cedar Mill facility would help achieve the desired growth and development outcomes for Morisset outlined in the Council’s strategic plans and in the draft Hunter 2041 Regional Plan, which identifies the town as a “significant regional growth area.” “.
“Morisset is already growing rapidly; investors and families have discovered the area’s assets and have chosen to settle there. We have engaged Newcastle University to undertake a Resilience and Growth Study for Morisset and the South West Quarter to ensure growth is sustainable and meets the needs of the community.
Dantia CEO Josh Sattler said Cedar Mill’s redevelopment of the former golf course was a value-added proposition for a part of town about to undergo a major transformation.
“Morisset has many strategic and lifestyle assets – it is well located for growth, has significant open space, affordable housing, and is ideally located at the foot of the mountains and close to the lake,” Mr. Sattler.
“This is a significant tourism development for the State which will cast Morisset in an exciting new light and introduce our town to visitors from across New South Wales, the highway and overseas.”
Winarch Capital Managing Director Paul Lambess welcomed the Board’s decision.
“We are proud of the work we have done to bring Cedar Mill Lake Macquarie to this point,” Mr. Lambess said.
“This project represents a huge opportunity for the South West Corridor of Lake Macquarie and We appreciate the collaborative and progressive approach Lake Macquarie Town Council has taken in recognizing this opportunity to create jobs and help Morisset reach its potential.