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I like living in Morisset

by marietherese

Morisset is a place that used to be synonymous with the criminally insane. That was years ago and now it’s people’s landscape has changed.

More and more, it caters for a kaleidoscope of all age group. Conveniently placed in what is called Lake Macquarie District. It is accessible from M1 and in a short drive, you find yourself in Dora Street, the main street of Morisset after the third set of roundabouts. On the left is a community hall.

The activities on offer in this community hall are many and varied as per their site.

There is a swimming pool, train station conveniently placed on the right of Dora Street, approximately three or four Doctors’ surgeries with full medical services,  a short walk takes you to Xray, then down some steps for physiotherapy, or blood tests,etc. There are two pharmacies staffed with wonderfully helpful people, Dental clinic, restaurants are of high quality to satisfy any taste; I have found in their Reject shop (outside the Coles mall) items I could not find anywhere else. Why shop in big towns when you can find all you want in you own small town.

Shops are increasing. Woolworths opened a medium size mall to compete with the Coles (previously BiLo) mall which was the sole supermarket for many years. The Post Office moved next to Target in that same complex. 

I hate shopping, I walk with my list, go to Coles and this lovely service girl asked if she can help me, so I showed her my list, and, my shopping trolley is filled in 5 minutes. It made me think “what a great town with wonderful people”.

Each mall has a tobacconist, on the left of the first picture. I remember going there one afternoon as the young man was closing his shop. Recognizing me, he said “for you it is not closed” and he went back in and got me what I required. Oh! what a wonderful world.

Three years ago, the Mega Market which, I thought, was successful, unfortunately closed. It had regular visitors from all areas of the country. I miss going there even if it was for browsing only. My favorite was the smell of condiments and all I had to do was follow my nose. Time marches on.

The people there are resourceful. The market closes and another comes into service on Freemans Drive, adjoining one of the churches, just beyond Gimberts Road.

For relaxing, you can drive to all the places bordering Lake Macquarie, all a short distance away. My favourite was the drive to Toronto.

Anyone wishing to browse through a big shopping mall, 20 minutes leads you to Tuggerah Westfield. It is a kilometer long; good for exercise and losing weight.

As far as what is termed “insane”, in my six years of living here, I have only heard of one instance. On that day, residents visiting the mall were concerned about this person who was confused and disorientated and one concerned citizen went to where the police should be and no answer to her knock on the door. The police was not there to assist her.

Regarding the police; there was a police house or station where one could see cars parked. Police presence was almost non existent except for an occasional blitz, checking out cars for speeding. This has changed as the station is now a brand new building for the police.


What makes Morisset a great place is the PEOPLE who live there. They smile, make you feel life is worth living and are  friendly and courteous.

I miss living there as unfortunately I had to leave this lovely place to move closer to my family.


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