Medowie Sports and Community Club moves a step closer to reality

Councillor Chris Doohan at the site for the long-awaited Medowie Sports and Community Club.
Councillor Chris Doohan at the site for the long-awaited Medowie Sports and Community Club.


After 30 years in the works, the Medowie Sports and Community Club will at last become a reality.

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Port Stephens Council approved a funding model during their public meeting last Tuesday with the final hurdle of approving the preferred tender for the development and build of the new facility.

“Stalwart of the Medowie community, and former councillor, Mr Ken Muir and countless others initiated the prospect of a Sport and Community Club in our town,” current Port Stephens Councillor and member of the original steering for the Medowie Sports and Community Club, Chris Doohan told News Of The Area.

“Years went by, developments happened, and S94 money leaked to everywhere in Port Stephens, but Medowie.”

“Well, it’s our turn.”

The Club, to be located adjacent to the current netball courts and playing field at Ferodale Park, is set to be used by sports groups including netball, Australian rules football, cricket, soccer, touch football, tennis, the Hash House Harriers, futsal, rugby union, Little Athletics, mountain bikers, social golfers, and lawn bowlers.

Community groups looking to use the facility include the RSL, Bridge Club, Lions, CWA, Probus, and Seniors with many more expected to show interest.

“Our staff have had the foresight of not building a facility for today, but have planned for a facility for tomorrow.”

“This facility will be able to cater for the huge growth of our town, and I am incredibly confident it will be the hub of the Medowie community spirit,” Councillor Doohan said.

“We all know how strong that spirit can be, just look at the result of the Medowie Bale Out The Drought fundraiser.”
“$80,000 in four weeks, that is Medowie.”

“The Medowie Christmas Festival is the next cab off the rank.”

“It is only in its infancy, but wait till it can be supported by the Club as its home.”

It is hoped that many more services and amenities will be added to the Medowie Sports and Community Club as time goes by including a family friendly licensed restaurant, emergency generator to enable the club to become a Disaster
Recovery Site, a multimedia equipped meeting room for use by all sports and community groups, an auditorium for community use for meetings, performances and private functions, and additional car parking.

Councillor Doohan said, “This facility will be the hub of Medowie and help bring some life back into the community.”


By Rachael VAUGHAN

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