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Beachside Merewether shack at heart of Kalyn Ponga toilet cubicle scandal revealed

ByGurinderbir Singh

Aug 15, 2022

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It’s the $2.4m beachside home at the heart of the Kalyn Ponga toilet cubicle saga.

It’s the $2.4m beachside home at the heart of the Kalyn Ponga toilet cubicle saga.

Video surfaced on Monday of the Newcastle Knights captain and teammate Kurt Mann being kicked out of a toilet cubicle by security at an unnamed pub.

The Daily Telegraph reported, the players have told the club that they were out because Ponga had purchased a new house on Saturday.

They had a few drinks to celebrate. Ponga, the club was told, was sick in the toilets and Kurt Mann accompanied him to make sure he was okay. The players, it is understood, told the club the cubicle door was open at all times.

43 Helen Street, Merewether, NSW 2291

Kalyn Ponga’s new digs.

The house Ponga bought at auction for $2.4m, before his celebration got a little out of hand, is a three-bedroom beachside shack in Merewether, just 300m from gorgeous Dixon Park Beach.

Ponga has had big bucks burning a hole in his pocket since he signed a new five-year $5 million deal to stay at the Knights earlier this season.

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43 Helen Street, Merewether, NSW 2291

43 Helen Street, Merewether, NSW 2291

It had a price guide of $1.95m.

Ponga in the controversial video.

The three-bedroom Merewether home is an investment in Ponga’s future with the house a likely knockdown and rebuild.

Ponga’s family were on hand to enjoy the auction win, of the property bought to market by Simon Wall of Simon Wall Property.

“It’s a magnificent beachside location,” Mr Wall told the Newcastle Herald, who first reported the sale.

“The plan is to knock down and rebuild his own premises but he hasn’t decided on when that will be,” he said.

43 Helen Street, Merewether, NSW 2291

The wrecking ball beckons.

Property records reveal the auction guide was $1.95m. The home last traded in September 2008, for $795,000.

The media house price for Merewether is $2m, up 18.3 per cent over the last 12 months.

“Every now and then an opportunity comes along that is simply too good to ignore,” the listing read.

43 Helen Street, Merewether, NSW 2291

43 Helen Street, Merewether, NSW 2291

“Primed on a flat 508 sqm allotment with dimensions of 13.1m frontage and approximately 38m side boundaries, this parcel of land with original home is currently rented for $550 per week.

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Offering an abundance of potential to add value through renovations or the perfect opportunity to knock down and redesign your dream coastal home (STCA).

“Immerse yourself in this desirable, coastal lifestyle on offer while living at this highly sought after address in the heart of Merewether. Only 300m to our world class coastline and moments to parks, BBQ areas, coffee shops and seaside eateries.”

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Kalyn Ponga in action for the Knights. Picture: Getty

The Newcastle Knights have launched an investigation into the video.

Queensland State of Orign star Ponga won’t play in the NRL against this season due to concussion protocols.

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