As the news about Cedar Mill has been under wraps until today, the committee haven't had the chance to consult with our members and community to get their thoughts, but based on the overwhelmingly positive reaction on numerous social media channels since it was announced, it appears many of us can see the exciting upsides for the development project which is planned for the Morisset Country Club site if the DA is approved.
We acknowledge that change on this scale may be daunting for a lot of local people but if we are to build a future that is appealing to our younger folks and give them constructive things to do, this is a great plan. Many people have given us feedback that they feel our region has lost many assets recently, this is a fabulous step in giving us something significant back.
The Cedar Mill site is aiming to encourage a range of healthy and fun outside family focused activities and eating venues which will offer us all more reasons and opportunities to stay, play and be employed in the area. (There will be NO poker machines onsite). It also gives our extended families and friends a reason to come and visit us more often, stay longer and enjoy all our region will have to offer.
The Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company – Dantia, have calculated the entire precinct redevelopment value to be $235 million; The economic contribution during construction is estimated at $79.6 million and $168 million once operational; 1,224 jobs will be created during construction and a further 475 permanent jobs on offer once operational.
This project is a great reason for us all to have confidence in the future of the investments we have made locally, and activity on such a scale will only attract more attention, investment, infrastructure and resources into our region from local, regional and state; private and Govt stakeholders. Building an iconic destination site is a proven and sustainable way to attract resources and funding for many of the improvements our local area will need to service the expected influx of visitors. Existing businesses will also have a reason to be excited about the potential benefits that will flow from this venue.
The fact this significant investment is being made by Paul Lambess, a local resident, business man and SBCCA member, can also be seen as an injection of confidence and belief for local businesses.
We heard from Peter Francis from Dantia at our June meeting, that Morisset is earmarked as one of LMCC's 3 economic developmental sites being ideally situated close to trains, the M1, the Lake and Mountains and between 1 - 2 hours from key parts of the Hunter, Newcastle and Sydney. We also heard that its hard to know what needs to come first - commitments from Government to invest in infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals, or, gaining private investment in an area to attract the population needing to be serviced. If approved, we anticipate the Cedar Mill project will be a major step in the right direction and we're told the level of interest that has already been generated from potential event organisers is testament to the appeal of the plan.
If the goal is for Cedar Mill to be operational by September 2020, any DA approval will be needed by the end 2019 to kick off construction in January 2020. As such, we call on Council to expedite review of the DA so it can be approved quickly.
This opportunity to develop such a sizeable area so close to our town centre occurs once in a lifetime and we anticipate it will help breathe new life into the Southlake Macquarie region to help us move ahead.
Lastly and personally exciting to us, we are told there is already a lot of interest from Concert organisers lining up to book in. We are talking iconic entertainers who will be of interest to a wide range of audiences, think "A Day on the Green" such as happens in the Hunter Valley. All we can say is bring it on!!
Community consultation will be key to the developers receiving constructive feedback and ideas, therefore, we are rescheduling our September SBCCA meeting to occur on 4th September from 5.30 - 7 pm at the Morisset MPC, 143 Dora St, Morisset, to which the investor Paul Lambess, his team and a number of other interested parties will attend. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Please RSVP so we can plan for numbers.