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Plans for precinct at Morisset

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Morisset will be home to the region’s biggest concert venue under plans to build a $235 million family, entertainment and cultural precinct.

The proposal, which was unveiled last week, would see the former Morisset Country Club transformed into a precinct known as Cedar Mill – a nod to the timber industry’s rich history in the area.

It is being driven by local resident and businessman Paul Lambess of Winarch Capital.

The project promises to feature Australia’s largest water splash pad, cafés, restaurants and outdoor entertainment across a 72-hectare span.

Work on four activity areas – a family and community space, cultural, arts and event space, tourism accommodation and lifestyle living – are expected to start immediately if the project receives development approval from Lake Macquarie council.

The concert and event space will account for about 40%, or 28 hectares, and aims to attract major international acts.

Apart from the four activity spaces, a fifth site, covering another 20 hectares, will need to be investigated.

Unlike the others, which are classified as recreation, this area is zoned environmental conservation.

Mr Lambess believes Cedar Mill will create a “vibrant and growing community”.

“As a father of a young family, we want to create a true community destination that will be accessible to all of the local community and be a destination that will drive economic development for the region,” Mr Lambess said.

“Our family and community area will be a delight to senses with gardens, petting zoo, café, restaurant and bakery set across nine hectares – it will be the place to meet and relax.”

Dantia, a Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company, calculated the proposed development would create 1,224 jobs during construction and a further 475 permanent roles once operational.

The city’s mayor, Kay Fraser, said it was an exciting announcement for Morisset and Lake Macquarie.
“Morisset is a strategic economic centre and its location, just off the M1 and close to the Morisset train station, makes it ideal for this kind of investment,” she said.

“The plans for Cedar Mill are very ambitious and it is wonderful to see such a vision that will translate to more jobs and an ongoing injection into our local economy.”

Winarch Capital expect to have the family and community area, as well as the cultural, arts and events space, operational by September 2020, pending approval.

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