Concert venue

Council greenlights 30,000-seat concert venue in NSW’s Lake Macquarie

Artist’s impression of the concert hall

The plan to create a 30,000-seat concert and events venue in the growing neighborhood of Morisset has received the green light from Lake Macquarie City Council.

Councilors voted unanimously to approve Winarch Capital’s development application for the Cedar Mill event site on the former Morisset Country Club golf course.

The multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Cedar Mill golf course includes a tourist park, outdoor gardens, cafe, restaurant, water park, markets and other recreational areas.

It is located on the central NSW coast midway between Newcastle and Gosford, and just off the Sydney-Newcastle motorway.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the development would have major economic consequences and raise Morisset’s profile as an entertainment and tourism destination.

“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.

The venue is expected to attract international superstars and big names in Australian entertainment.

The council’s long-range plan identifies the city as a “significant regional growth area” that attracts investors and young families.

Newcastle University has been contracted 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.

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,” he said.

“This project represents a huge opportunity for the Lake Macquarie Southwest Corridor and we appreciate the collaborative and progressive approach Lake Macquarie Town Council has taken in recognizing this opportunity to create jobs and help Morisset achieve its potential.

Cedar Mill Group recently named Kyle Kendry as CEO and hired five other senior executives.

He also has plans for a 22,000-person outdoor concert venue in the Hunter Valley.