New sport and recreation centre will be built at Morisset
27th January 2022
State Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper has confirmed that after several years of delays and setbacks, the former Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre will be reborn on a new site at Morisset.
When the Myuna Bay centre was controversially closed in March 2019, it was agreed by Origin Energy and the NSW Office of Sport that a replacement centre would be built. However, the pair agreed to build the new facility on a site owned by Origin at Eraring, creating significant concerns among Eraring residents, particularly those whose properties adjoined the site.
“Since that time, I’ve been working with the NSW Office of Sport, the State Government, Origin Energy, and Eraring residents to find a solution,” Mr Piper said.
“Today I’ll be joined by the new Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres who will formally announce that all parties have agreed with my proposition to build a new sport and recreation hub at Morisset and not at Eraring.
“In even better news, I can confirm that the new site and its facilities will be open to the local community and not restricted in the way that the Myuna Bay site was. It will be a facility built for the 21st century and for all of the local community.
“While planning and feasibility studies are not yet complete, those facilities will likely include sports fields, an indoor sports hall, pool, bike and walking trails and other sport and recreation facilities.
“The new site is located off Morisset Park Road and essentially sits between the Morisset Hospital land and Bonnells Bay Public School. While mostly cleared but currently degraded with weeds, it offers a perfect setting for something like a sport and recreation centre with good lake access and amenity.
“Extensive consultation will be undertaken with the community and stakeholders before the final plan is resolved, and I very much welcome that. Initial works such as soil and geotechnical testing on the site have already been done.
“Importantly, Origin Energy remains committed to funding construction of the new facility.
“While I thank the Office of Sport, the State Government and Origin Energy for taking my proposal on board, I also want to thank Terry Pascoe and the Eraring residents’ group for their patience and support in getting this option over the line.
“I’m very pleased that we’re getting such a fantastic outcome on this issue. This will be the first new Sport and Recreation facility built in NSW in more than 40 years, and is something I know our local community deserves and will really enjoy.”