MEDOWIE Sports and Business Centre hosted their grand opening last weekend, with a host of special guests, market stalls and fun, free activities.
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The old Medowie ‘Squashies’ have undergone a complete transformation, with the new centre set up so far welcoming a cafe, creche, 24 hour gym, physio, dietitian/nutritionist, squash courts, gymnastics, martial arts, STEM kids club and conference rooms.
The renovations so far encompass the stage one renovations of the building, and now make way for stage two to begin.
Kylie Smiley from the Centre said, “We would like to extend our thanks to Mayor Ryan Palmer, Kate Washington MP, Councillor Sarah Smith and Councillor Chris Doohan for joining us for the official opening and cutting of the ribbon.”
The Marching Koalas were special guests as well on the day, marching down Ferodale road to the centre, making an appropriate fuss on the special event.
The community was treated to free jumping castle rides, face painting and activities, and all businesses within the centre contributed something to the day.
There were martial arts and gymnastics demonstrations, healthy living stalls and delicious spit roast by Sportz Cafe staff.
Another special moment was a private ‘turning of the soil’ ceremony by Ryan Palmer and the Port Stephens Councillors, to mark the commencement of the building of Medowie’s very own pool.
Kylie Smiley said, “With stage one now complete, we look forward to the stage two beginning, including the aquatic centre, children’s playground, and even more additional activities coming into our centre, as well as upgrades to the facade and so many more changes to come.”
“We are so pleased with how this event went, and are so pleased with the funds we raised for our chosen charity on the day.”
The open day saw raffle tickets sold in support of FoodWay, who support over 1200 families here in Medowie and across Port Stephens, with over 300 hot meals served, pantry goods and pre-loved clothing for those in need.