City-significant developments

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A place to grow and thrive.

We’re laying the foundation to grow our economy, attract new investment and expand our population – establishing Lake Macquarie as a premium community the rest of NSW will aspire to join.

Lake Macquarie is strategically located for investment, sitting on the east coast of NSW amid a population catchment of six million people within a 150-kilometre radius.

It is one hour from Greater Sydney, with direct access to key transport routes and proximity to the global gateways of Newcastle Airport and the Port of Newcastle.

City-significant projects

Black Rock Motor Resort, Wakefield

Located on the former Rhondda Colliery site in Wakefield, the Black Rock Motor Resort will see Lake Macquarie City become home to Australia’s first dedicated recreation resort park for motoring enthusiasts. The impressive facility will include a world-class 5.25km driving circuit, a 100-seat restaurant, a 150-person function space and accommodation.

The DA-approved project is a world-leading example of adaptive reuse of mined land and represents significant social and economic benefits for the region.

This $95-million facility will generate more than 460 jobs in the construction phase and 230 jobs once operational. The economic impact is expected to exceed $120 million dollars annually.

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Cedar Mill, Morisset

Winarch Capital’s $235 million redevelopment of Morisset Golf Course, to be known as Cedar Mill, includes a new concert venue, cafes and restaurants, tourist accommodation and Australia’s largest aquatic play park across a 90 hectare site.

The Cedar Mill cultural, arts and events space features a 50,000 capacity outdoor concert venue and will attract headline international artists and performances to Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.

The creation of 1124 jobs during construction, 475 long-term jobs and $167 million in economic benefits, make Cedar Mill one of the largest projects in the region.

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Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Expansion

A State-significant proposal to expand Lake Macquarie Private Hospital at Gateshead marks the first step towards creating a next-generation health precinct for the Hunter Region.

The planning proposal for the Ramsay Health site at Gateshead outlines a blueprint to rezone the site and increase building height limits from 10 metres to 37 metres at its northern end to allow for a 10-storey hospital building.

The new tower will house surgery theatres, car parking and consulting suites and increase capacity from 187 beds to 248 beds. The hospital’s main entrance will move from Sydney Street at the southern end of the site to Casey Street at its northern end. Critical care, intensive care and an enhanced 24-hour emergency department, radiology and oncology services will also be provided.

Council endorsed the Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Planning Proposal at the Ordinary Council meeting on Monday 24 April 2023. Now endorsed, this planning proposal will enable the NSW Government to lodge a State Significant Development (SSD) Application in 2023. Additional car parking will be proposed in the SSD Application.

If approved, the hospital expansion is expected to create 800-1000 direct and flow-on jobs during construction, and almost 200 once complete.


Trinity Point

Trinity Point is a luxury residential and commercial estate located on the shores of Lake Macquarie and the site of a proposed landmark five-star marina resort.

A Planning Proposal was endorsed in October 2023 that amends controls to permit a larger scale mixed use tourism and residential development if design excellence is achieved. It also permits a helipad as an additional land use within the existing marina consistent with the existing helipad approval and fixes mapping anomalies with a portion of foreshore land and road reserve.

Trinity Point was also endorsed as a State Significant Development by the NSW Government in October 2023.

If approved, Trinity Point will feature 189 residential lots and medium-density housing, 250 residential apartments, a 188-berth marina, 200 seat restaurant and bar with additional outdoor dining, cafe, a five-star hotel comprising 65 rooms as well as serviced apartments, business centre, pool, day spa, gymnasium along with public boardwalks and other community facilities. Plans for the resort include one of the most ecologically sustainable marinas in Australia.