MEDOWIE will soon have a new sport and community facility after construction of the $6.5 million project commenced on Monday.
The first sod at the site was turned by Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer, alongside representatives from local sports clubs.
“This is a long-awaited project for the community of Medowie and I’m excited for construction to get underway,” Mr Palmer said.
“When it’s complete, Medowie will have an incredible community space for everyone to enjoy.”
Mr Palmer said the development would complement Port Stephens’ extensive range of sports facilities.
“We want to encourage healthy and active communities,” he said. “The Medowie Sport and Community Facility will give locals of all ages a place where they can come together and socialise, get outdoors and be active.
“We hope this design will bring all facets of the community together — there’s great sporting facilities, meeting spaces for community groups, as well as room for community events or just relaxing with family and friends. Plus, in times of emergency, the facility will serve as a community evacuation and recovery centre.”
Chris Doohan, a Medowie resident and Port Stephens councillor, said the project was a welcome addition.
“The brand new facility will overlook Ferodale Oval and include meeting spaces, bistro and bar facilities, outdoor seating, a children’s playground, a bowling green and car parking,” he said.
The project will take about a year to complete.
Cr Doohan added: “This heralds a new era for Medowie. This facility will strengthen local relationships and give our town a first-class, centrally located community hub.
“I know many in our community are excited this day is finally here, and I for one can’t wait to see works progress over the coming months.”