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Construction to start on $120m Merewether Golf Club retirement living project

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Construction of a $120 million retirement living resort project at Merewether Golf Club could start as early as mid-next year following its approval by the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel.

The joint venture, between ThirdAge and the club, will be home to 148 luxury one, two and three-bedroom apartments across four buildings.

Known as The Merewether, it also includes 16 penthouses with roof top spa terraces overlooking the golf course.

ThirdAge director Luke Berry welcomed the decision, which is expected to benefit the club and community.

“The project will bring a new style of much-needed retirement living to inner Newcastle,” he said.

“The resort-style community will feature a lap pool, cinema, gym, workshop, communal kitchen and craft rooms.

“The golf club and locals will benefit from a new clubhouse, restaurant facilities, sports bar and a wellness centre for use by its members and apartment residents.”

Mr Berry said the project would create more than 1,000 construction and close to 100 ongoing jobs.

“That’s great news for the local economy as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated.

“The Merewether is all about enjoying the best of Newcastle’s great lifestyle and community with a concierge, resident events such as gala dinners, as well as classes in cooking, yoga and pilates.

“And, of course, the beautiful championship Merewether Golf Course is on residents’ doorstep.” 

ThirdAge will soon call for construction tenders and hopes to have people in their new homes by mid-2024.

Merewether Golf Club is also providing a 99-year lease of the development land.

“The project will help secure the club’s long-term financial future,” president Phil Merrigan said.

“It allows Merewether Golf Course to remain for members, community golfers and visitors to the region to enjoy.

“This project delivers funding to support significant investment in the golf course and the club’s infrastructure and facilities.

“We have been able to realise our vision of a world-class golfing facility and retirement living precinct without having to reduce the size of the course.”

The panel approved concept plans and issued a site compatibility certificate for the project in May.

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