Morisset Community Building

Developing a town square with community and function facilities in Morisset has been identified as integral to creating a town hub in the Morisset Town Centre Area Plan.

Council has developed a master plan and draft concept designs for a new library and community facility for the Morisset town hub.


Have your say

This site allows you to provide Council with feedback on the concept design for the proposed Morisset Library and Community Building, and you can also ask a question of the project team.

Developing a town square with community and function facilities in Morisset has been identified as integral to creating a town hub in the Morisset Town Centre Area Plan.

Council has developed a master plan and draft concept designs for a new library and community facility for the Morisset town hub.


Have your say

This site allows you to provide Council with feedback on the concept design for the proposed Morisset Library and Community Building, and you can also ask a question of the project team.

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  • As a question below, you say have your say but your not taking any opinions. All you need is a library not a big town centre. We have Coles, Woolworths etc. why don't you knock them down and incorporate them in the building. Why? Your ideas, photos are so impressive but why don't you think about the whole of Morisset not just sections, why don't you make it one, not 13 areas... Even though it's a great plan, you haven't thought of all of Morisset and the community...

    NerdWriter asked almost 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. The Morisset Town Centre Area Plan was developed in consultation with the community and other relevant stakeholders (including businesses, and community groups), and it identifies the future character and structure for the Morisset Town Centre. The Area Plan identified the most appropriate location for a town square and community facilities, after consideration of a number of alternative sites.

    From the project team.

  • Why is Council undertaking concept designs for a new library and community facility at Morisset?

    over 4 years ago

    Council has recognised that the existing Morisset library no longer meets the needs of the current population of Morisset. There is also a shortage of community space in Morisset for community activities, programs and meetings.

    The proposed new facility will cater for the needs of the existing population, as well as the future population of Morisset (estimated to be an additional 16,000 people over the next 15 years).




  • What will the new facility provide?

    over 4 years ago

    Along with the inclusion of a town square which aims to provide a pleasant, safe and lively public space for community and social activity, the concept designs for the new community building include a new library of about 1,300m2. There will also be new community space totalling 1,300m2. Retail and commercial space is also included in the designs.

    The building will be adaptable to a wide range of community users including formal meetings and functions, community office accommodation, youth programs, modest arts and crafts exhibitions.

    The community building will be a focus for a variety of cultural, learning and recreational opportunities.




  • Why is the new community facility proposed to be located at this site?

    over 4 years ago

    The site is already recognised as a community site due to the location and use of the Memorial Hall.

    The site was identified in the development of the Morisset Area Plan which was adopted by Council in 2010. The site is centrally located and is close to rail and bus interchange services.

    The community building will help to activate the whole of the town centre by ensuring that activity is not just focussed on the southern end of the town, but also along Dora and Yambo Streets.




  • What will happen to the existing community hall?

    over 4 years ago

    The new development will ensure that the heritage values of the hall are recognised but the proposal will see the building replaced with the new community facility.




  • Where will cars be parked?

    geoffa asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The new facility will provide appropriate parking (including disabled parking to ensure accessibility) to cater for the requirements of a community facility of this nature. Council is separately investigating the parking requirements for the Morisset Town Centre.



  • Are other works proposed for the area?

    over 4 years ago

    While the proposal is for the library, community facility and town square, Council has applied for funding for other works in the town centre.

    Despite being technically ineligible, Council has submitted an application for funding from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program to fund the new community building in Morisset.

    Resources for Regions funding is open to projects that cater for both economic and social infrastructure, and Council has therefore included a footbridge over Dora Street from the building to the railway station car park and a connection to the neighboring police station as a part of its funding application.

    If this funding is successful, then Council would need to undertake further planning to include these elements as part of the proposal.

    For more information about the Resource for Regions program, visit http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/assistance-and-support/grants/regional-programs/resources-for-regions



  • Will the new Facility be called the PIPER PAY OFF BUILDING. How would Morisset be the intended area ahead of Toronto I can only presume it's because PIPER lives their.

    Bruce Fitzgerald asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The existing library is very small, and does not meet the requirements for the current population of Morisset. There is also a shortage of community space in Morisset, for community activities/programs/meetings. The new facility will cater for the needs of the existing population, as well as the future population of Morisset (estimated to be an additional 16,000 people over the next 15 years).

    Planning for future community and recreation facilities will also commence within the next 12 months as Council begins the process of developing our Developer Contributions Plan for the Toronto catchment area.




  • What will happen to the groups that currently use the hall?

    over 4 years ago

    The new facility will cater for existing users. As detailed design for the new facility progresses, consultation with current users will occur to ensure that the new facility caters to their needs.

    Existing users will need to be relocated during construction of the new facility and we will be working with these groups to find alternative accommodation during this time.

  • When will the new facility be built?

    over 4 years ago

    Council is currently at the very early stages of planning for the new facility and this early stage includes seeking community feedback
    on the concept designs ahead of more detailed planning.

    Further consultation and planning includes:
    - Negotiating with Morisset Memorial Hall Trust regarding the existing hall
    - Seeking funding for construction
    - Developing a funding model for the ongoing operation of the facility
    - Undertaking detailed designs for the centre




  • Why doesn't council respect that the community has already voiced their opinion about the existing memorial hall. If council feels the need to build a new library, why would they use a site that the community are opposed to them using. The Memorial Hall is a much used and loved part of the town. The Memorial Hall has significant significant historical and cultural heritage and Morisset needs to retain its unique character and its cultural history. It serves no value to replace a much loved, much used historical icon of the town.

    ingridslogin asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. Council is aware that there are a number of people who have concerns regarding the historical aspects of the memorial hall. Similarly, we are aware that there are sections of the community who are very supportive of the proposal for the new facility. This current process of seeking community feedback on the proposed new facility will ensure that the community has an opportunity to have their say.

    The Morisset Area Plan, adopted by Council in 2010 identified the location for the community/library facility and town square. There was community support for the Area Plan which was re-adopted in July 2012 as part of the Town Centres DCP, and in June 2013 as part of the City-wide DCP 2013.

    The proposed library and community facility will recognise the significant historical and cultural heritage as it seeks to create a sense of place for the town, continuing the Memorial Hall’s role as a social hub for the community, as well as reviving the Memorial Hall’s original role of a Literary Institute.

    The new facility will ensure that there is a facility that is able to cater for the needs of the current community, as well as the community for many years to come.




  • Keeping in mind that this is only the concept stage; and if the memorial hall is obtained, the South Lake Macquarie RSL Sub Branch proposes that strong consideration and thought be giving to the following; noting that the memorial hall was built as a memorial to the brave men from the Morisset area that served and paid the supreme sacrifice in WW1 and again in WW2 with the dual purpose of also being a literary institute, we believe that this this new concept must have a strong underpinning notion of commemorating those that have paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of this nation with a suitable memorial in the town square area including a suitable memorial to the emergency services that support this community. Also the facilities should house a museum (of some description) encompassing military memorabilia for the benefit of students studying Australian military history as part of the schooling curriculum. Does the council recognise the dual purpose of also making this the centrepiece of all future commemorative events in Morisset?

    Dsloan asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question and comments about your desire to commemorate our service men and women. The memorial aspect of the current Hall is an important component of its historical significance. Community consultation will define the exact nature of new commemorative features.

    We are currently seeking input from the community about what they see as the important aspects and functions of a new facility. This website, along with the community workshop being held on 11 September at the Morisset Multi-purpose centre, provides residents with the opportunity to have their say on issues important to them. Community feedback will be considered when planning is undertaken for the detailed design of the facility (and town square). Further consultation with key stakeholders and the community will also take place during the detailed design stage, and we anticipate this would include the South Lake Macquarie RSL Sub Branch.

  • Will the time capsule and clock (that currently stands outside the ex-post office) be relocated to the outdoor area in the center?

    Iriseyes asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for this question. Council has had discussions about public art and memorials associated with this project with a number of community groups. We value the input of the community regarding the future of these objects, and Council is supportive of the idea of incorporating these elements in the ongoing design of the facility.



  • Where can we read all the "Have your say" comments you have received?

    valbadham asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. In the 'News' Tab above you can view responses from participants who have indicated that they are happy for Council to publish their comments. We will also provide a feedback summary of all the online and workshop comments at the close
    of the consultation.




  • Hi, Where are the drawings/working drawings so we can see how the internal space is allocated and elevations showing scale. I would not be able to submit something with this lack of detail to Council without it being sent back. Thanks, April.

    April asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question April. The plans at this stage are only concept plans indicating how the facility may be located on the
    site. Council is yet to determine how the internal space (1,300m2 of community space and 1,300m2 of library space) will be allocated – ie. what rooms will be required. Council is encouraging the community to identify what opportunities they see that this space may provide (through the workshop on Thursday 11 September, at the pop-up stalls, and through the website). We will also be undertaking additional consultation with key stakeholders (current users of the Memorial Hall, the Memorial Hall Trust, and managers of other facilities) to ensure that the internal space meets the needs of the future users of the facility. This information will then inform the detailed design of the facility.




  • Could you please advise what the "green" credentials of this development are? eg how will it be heated, cooled? will water be directed to water tanks for use in the garden area? etc.

    April asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question about green credentials for the proposed new building. Council is mindful of ensuring that the facility will be as sustainable as possible. Council recently exhibited the draft Building Better Buildings Strategy (Community Buildings), which provides guidelines to ensure that Council considers sustainability in the design and construction of all new buildings. Detailed design of the facility will therefore be done within these guidelines.



  • Why are you undertaking concept designs for land you do not own?

    April asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. To identify what land is required to be purchased to cater for the proposed facility (ie we wish to provide a
    1,300 square metre community facility, 1,300 square metre library, associated car parking, and a town square (as well as commercial/retail space if possible), Council firstly undertakes concept planning.




  • By all means a new library and additional "community space" if this is what the people of Morisset feel they need. But I question the necessity to bulldoze the Memorial Hall. Although this old building may not be glossy and modern, it represents an important part of the area's history. Once gone, gone forever. I would be interested to know if alternative sites for the new building have been thoroughly considered?

    rob G asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. Council considered several locations for the community facility and town square when developing
    the Area Plan. The Memorial Hall site was considered the best site for a number of reasons.

    Activation of the whole town centre area was an important consideration. As there is a lot of activity and development taking place in Dora and Yambo Street, it is important to provide a key destination or focal point to ensure that the northern end of the town does not
    become isolated.

    The proximity to transport was an important consideration as was mproving access from the railway station through to Yambo Street .
    The streets from the Station to Yambo Street are quite steep and greatly restrict movement for people with accessibility issues (those with a disability, or parents with prams). The new facility at this location provides an accessible path of travel from the railway station through to Yambo Street.

  • I appreciate that the survey has closed but would like to make some observations: 1. A modern building like this will enhance Morisset and make the area more welcoming. In this context, why was the proposed new "modern police building rejected on the basis of not being in keeping with the dilapidated Mullard building? 2. Funds should be allocated to purchase the Salvation Army and Westpac buildings and incorporate this space into the design. It may open up opportunities for access from Dora Street. 3. The building should incorporate an Information Centre. Having travelled widely around Australia I am always appreciative of the service provided by such volunteer run centres. It helps to attract visitors to the area and increases the dollars spent.. 4. Designated parking needs to be provided for caravans and other large recreational vehicles if the visitors centre is to maximise the attraction of tourists. 5. Although not directly related, the caravan facilities at the Showground need to be upgraded into a more accessible and more widely advertised venue. I hope these comments help.

    John Quinlan asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. Firstly, we can advise that the police withdrew their development application from Council on 14 April this year so no DA was rejected. With regard to the proposed building, Council will investigate opportunities with the Salvation Army and Westpac buildings but keeping costs to a minimum is an important consideration for Council. Council will consider a range of services in the centre and visitor information will be one of them however a final use of the building (ie services that will be offered) is yet to be determined. This will involve ongoing consultation with services, stakeholders and the community regarding what services they would like to see provided from the building (and who can provide them). This will then inform the final design of the building.



  • I hear that council is preventing the construction of the new Morisset Police Station from going ahead because the design doesn't reflect the Mullard Chambers Building on the opposite corner? If this town hub goes ahead, a development I'm 100% behind, how is this going to match what the council expects the Police Station to look like? It's on the same block. The artists impression of the new police station matches the other new developments in the Morisset CBD and the proposed town hub. Why would council oppose this building, one that would benefit Morisset greatly?

    GF asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The NSW police withdrew their development application from Council in April 2014, so Council is not preventing construction of the new Morisset Police Station from going ahead.