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Medowie Place Plan

Just half an hour from the City of Newcastle,15 minutes from Raymond Terrace and 20 minutes to the Tomaree Peninsula, the rural village of Medowie is growing fast. Referred to as the Place of Tall Trees, the open space and bushland setting define the identity of the place. Medowie is located on the edge Grahamstown Dam and is surrounded by open bushland, the Medowie State Conservation Area, the Tilligerry State Conservation Area and the Moffatt Swamp Nature Reserve. Medowie provides a wide range of local community and sporting facilities and is within close proximity to key employment areas like Williamtown, Raymond Terrace and Newcastle.

The Medowie Place Plan acknowledges and responds to the values and priorities of the Medowie community. It has been designed to support the Medowie Planning Strategy by identifying additional opportunities for residential development, employment lands and public infrastructure.

The Medowie Place Plan enables collaborative partnerships between residents, business and Council to deliver great place outcomes.

The Medowie Place Plan

The ideas that underpin the draft Medowie Place Plan have been developed over a period of time through community consultation. Two major components of the place planning process that have informed the place plan document have been the development of the Liveability Index for Medowie (2020) and the Medowie Planning Strategy (2016). Council endorsed the plan on Tuesday 11 April 2023.

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Place plan projects

The community of Medowie has embraced the adopted Place Plan and are in the process of completing some amazing projects for their town.

See some of the completed projects and events below that have improved the vibrancy of the town.

It’s not too late to get involved with the next community project. We encourage you to reach out to your Town Team Leader and help us create an even better place for Medowie!

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With thanks to a Port Stephens Council grant, Climate Action Port Stephens and Econetwork worked with Medowie Lions to install a bike pump in Lions Park. The pump, adjacent to the bike rack is designed to encourage people to consider riding into the town centre, rather than driving in, thereby enabling cleaner, greener and smarter transport choices.

Please contact Beck from council via email [email protected] if you’d like to learn more about the outcome of this project.

This project was completed November 2023.

This project relates to Actions 4, 9 and 12 of the Medowie Place Plan

Images of newly installed Bike Pump at Lions Park

Three Medowie Schools participated in National Tree Day on Friday 28 July, fulfilling a number of the Medowie Place Plan actions. Established in 1996, Planet Ark's National Tree Day has grown into Australia's largest community tree planting and nature care event. The program is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to their community. Our local event was proudly sponsored by Port Stephens Toyota and saw school children planting trees and shrubs to enhance their school grounds. Students from Wirreanda Public School, Medowie Public School, and Medowie Christian School also dressed up for the day and participated in a colouring in competition whilst enjoying educational talks on how to care for their local environment.

Please contact Beck from council via email [email protected] if you’d like to learn more about the outcome of this project.

This project was completed July 2023.

This project relates to Actions 2, 15 and 17 of the Medowie Place Plan.

School kids celebrating National Tree Day

Four Medowie Schools participated in National Ride2School Day on Friday 24 March, fulfilling one of the Medowie Place Plan actions, providing local kids a safe walking and cycling environment along the shared pathways in Medowie.

National Ride2School Day takes place each year across Australia. The event allowed the four schools across Medowie to participate thanks to the completion of shared pathways throughout the suburb, making riding, scootering and skating to school safer and more enjoyable than ever.

Students from Catherine McCauley Catholic College, Wirreanda Public School, Medowie Public School, and Medowie Christian School joined more than 350,000 students nationally to ride, walk, scoot and skate to school, with a positive environmental impact equivalent to planting 195 trees.

This project relates to Actions 9. And 10. of the Medowie Place Plan.

National Ride to School Day Poster 2023

In May 2023, Port Stephens Council joined forces with the Town Teams Movement, a non-profit company that enables local communities and governments to connect, organise and act to regenerate the fabric of their neighbourhoods and to create better places.

Port Stephens Council was the first Council in NSW to actively promote the Town Teams approach, and we're proud to be working with the local community to create vibrant places that support social wellbeing and enhance liveability.

A series of Town Team launch events were held at Medowie throughout May, with over 65 people attending the information sessions to discuss their ideas for community projects. Casual meetings are currently being held in the community to progress some of these ideas. Should you wish to learn more on how to get involved please contact Dean Cracknell from Town Teams on 0468 38 1745 or email [email protected]

This project relates to Action 26 of the Medowie Place Plan.

Community champions

Scott with his wife, Stacy have run their farm and cafeĢ for over 10 years and have been long term residents of Medowie, for over 23 years! Scott will be talking at the upcoming Town Teams launch day and sharing ideas, their story, their love for Medowie and their long term goals to continue serving the local community.

Scott, pictured, is a passionate member of the Medowie community, caring deeply about providing quality experiences to both residents and tourists in a sustainable way.

Image of Community Champion Scott Leech

John Tunbridge, President of Medowie Lions Club and long time resident of Medowie shares with us: "With my family, I enjoy being part of the Medowie community – and giving back to a community that's gives. Over the past 7 years, I've been a volunteer with the Lions Club because I enjoy helping people in need of assistance, and working together with other community organisations." A big thank you to John for your ongoing volunteer efforts in Medowie – we appreciate you and your amazing efforts!

Community grants

Our funding program gives eligible individuals, artists, community organisations, not-for-profits, businesses, students and others the opportunity to apply for funds to deliver initiatives that make a real difference to local communities and our region. These funding programs play a pivotal role in building capacity by supporting initiatives that enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of our communities.

The Medowie Place Plan provides lots of inspiration for projects that would qualify under the grants program. Visit our Grants page for more information.

Contact us

Contact our Place Planning Project Manager on 4988 0255 or via email on [email protected] to arrange a time to talk about your place planning idea or project.