Lake Macquarie City Councillors have tonight voted unanimously to approve Winarch Capital’s development application for the Cedar Mill event site on the former Morisset Country Club golf course.
The venue will bring national and international headline performances to Lake Macquarie with a capacity of up to 30,000 people.
The development application for the event site also includes a tourist park, outdoor gardens, café, restaurant, splash park and other recreation areas which will play host a range of events, markets and functions and create new economic and social opportunities in the city’s south-west precinct.
“The development will have positive economic benefits for the Morisset and the city, facilitating exciting new tourism and entertainment opportunities,” Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said.
“It will create jobs in the area and generate significant flow-on benefits for local tourism operators, hospitality vendors, equipment providers and other businesses that support and supply the event industry.
“It will boost the night-time economy and provide much-needed new social and recreational amenities for the people of Morisset and surrounding communities.”
The Cedar Mill facility will also help achieve Lake Macquarie City’s desired growth and development outcomes for Morisset outlined in both Council’s strategic plans and the Draft Hunter Regional Plan 2041.
“Morisset is growing quickly already; investors and families have discovered the area’s attributes and are making the choice to relocate there. We have engaged the University of Newcastle to undertake a Resilience and Growth Study for Morisset and the South West Precinct to ensure that growth is sustainable and addresses the needs of the community,” Cr Fraser said.
Winarch Capital managing director, Paul Lambess has welcomed Council’s decision.