The first sod has been turned signalling the official beginning of construction for the Medowie Sport and Community Facility

John Harding of Medowie AFL Club, Medowie RSL Sub Branch Robert Vice President Robert Parish and Ian Harding, Mayor Ryan Palmer getting in on the sod turning action.
John Harding of Medowie AFL Club, Medowie RSL Sub Branch Robert Vice President Robert Parish and Ian Harding, Mayor Ryan Palmer getting in on the sod turning action.

 

THE day has finally arrived, the sod has been turned.

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After thirty years in planning with many trials and tribulations, construction of the Medowie Sport and Community Facility has begun.

On Monday 11 February at 9am, Mayor Ryan Palmer officially turned the first sod and began the most exciting stage of the $6.5 million facility’s development.

Mayor Palmer spoke of the facility’s future saying, “Once complete this incredible space will be home to meeting spaces, sporting facilities, bistro, kids playground and room for community events.”

“It will also be an emergency evacuation spot for Medowie if needed.”

With many members of the committee, council, sporting groups, construction company and community members in attendance the occasion called for a cheer.

Former Mayor Craig Baumann spoke of the communities desire for this facility since 1985 when he first moved to the area.

Mr Baumann said, “The facility will be designed for the community, there will be no poker machines, no gambling, this will be somewhere for people to come with their families and enjoy the ambiance.”

Medowie RSL Sub-Branch Vice President, Robert Parish bought a very special addition to the proceedings.

The Lone Pine donated by MP Meryl Swanson to the sub-branch for this facility three years ago stood proudly awaiting its new home.

Mr Parish has nurtured the tree from a sapling and told News Of The Area, “Once the facility is complete it will be planted as part of the RSL Sub-Branch memorial.”

Graph Building representative Tim Crossingham told News Of The Area, “The facility is scheduled for completion by christmas this year.”

The Medowie community will begin to see machinery moving in over the next week.

With twenty to thirty contractors on the site regularly it is set to be a busy year for the centre of Medowie.

 

By Kelly MAY

 

Greg Kable, Ben Niland, Brock Lamont, John Harding (AFL), Robert Parish (Lions), Mayor Ryan Palmer, Craig Baumann, Deputy Mayor Sarah Smith, Fiona Salerno, Ian Harding (Lions), Tim Crossingham (Graph Building), Carmel Forster, Phil Miles and General Manager Wayne Wallis.
Greg Kable, Ben Niland, Brock Lamont, John Harding (AFL), Robert Parish (Lions), Mayor Ryan Palmer, Craig Baumann, Deputy Mayor Sarah Smith, Fiona Salerno, Ian Harding (Lions), Tim Crossingham (Graph Building), Carmel Forster, Phil Miles and General Manager Wayne Wallis.

 

Artist’s impression of Medowie Sport and Community Facility.
Artist’s impression of Medowie Sport and Community Facility.

 

Former Port Stephens Mayor Craig Baumann and current Mayor Ryan Palmer turning the first sod
Former Port Stephens Mayor Craig Baumann and current Mayor Ryan Palmer turning the first sod

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