Call for more hands to join May makeover of Medowie

COMMUNITY-MINDED: Some of the leadership team have a put a call out for volunteers in the lead up to the Medowie 7-Day makeover starting on May 8.
COMMUNITY-MINDED: Some of the leadership team have a put a call out for volunteers in the lead up to the Medowie 7-Day makeover starting on May 8.

Better connectivity, more seating, clearer signage and a brighter community atmosphere is what is hoped to be achieved for the Medowie town centre through the upcoming 7-Day Makeover.

From May 8 to 14, the people of Medowie, along with the Creative Communities team led by David Engwich, will look to transform the business precinct into a fresh, new look that is both creative and inviting.

Many in the makeover leadership group have expressed a desire to reinvigorate the town centre, provide easier access and a more socially acceptable environment where groups of people can gather and socialise.

Kim Oakhill, creator of Medowie Mumpreneurs, said that she had a vision of an "incredible gateway" inspired by the larger than life sign erected at the Gan Gan Road entrance produced during the Anna Bay makeover.

"I would love to see and iconic sign in big letters at the entrance to Medowie to put our town on the Port Stephens map. We want as many people as possible to come along, have their say and assist with the makeover," she said.

A 'welcome to Medowie' sign was also high on the list for councillor Chris Doohan, a long-time resident of the Port town, along with a connectivity that has been sadly lacking in the town centre.

"Port Stephens Council is spending more than $200,000 on refurbishing this part of Medowie which includes the 7-Day Makeover and a new, improved toilet block to replace the existing structure adjacent to the community centre. I think this work would also provide an opportunity for new residents around town to mix and get to know existing residents," he said.

State MP Kate Washington, who has resided in Medowie for more than 15 years, said she was excited about the event and urged as many people as possible to get on board.

"We are hoping to get the same participation and outcomes as the Anna Bay makeover," she said.

Business owner Zali Morcom was encouraged by council funds being spent in Medowie.

"We do need improvements to the area... more communal seating, shaded areas and some outdoor areas where people can meet, eat and socialise."

Medowie businesswoman Brooke Vitnell said that she would be advocating for more community places and spaces.

"I would also like to see better signage at the three entrance points into Medowie."

Concreter Jarad Ashpole, born and bred in Medowie and has watched the town's growth and development, said that [his concreting business] would be donating both labour and equipment.

"Sadly the town centre is a little disjointed so it would be nice to see it tied together with pathways," he said.

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