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Three new lighting towers for Orange sporting field

March 21, 2023

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By David Fitzsimons


A major Orange sports complex that has received complaints over light and noise pollution has been given approval for three new light towers.


An $880,000 development for the Waratah Sports Club precinct will also include a “minor” addition to the existing grandstand and the construction of a new change room/amenities building at the club’s Pride Park.

Orange City Council approved the development at its meeting on Tuesday night.


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A staff report to council said controls would be placed on the positioning and light levels from the new towers.







“Over the years, council has received various complaints about operations at Waratahs,” it said.


“These complaints related to light spill, lights being left on past curfew, noise from the PA systems, dust from the unsealed car park (required to be sealed by a previous condition of consent for the club but has not been undertaken by the club yet) and lack of sediment and erosion control around building works.


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“Many of these complaints are a result of both the success of the club [and] the expansion of residential land around the club.



“It is considered that the conditions of consent recommended with this report would adequately provide protection to both the club’s important operations and to the residential neighbours.”




Councillor Frances Kinghorne backed the development after commenting on an image of the lighting display.

“[It] looks like an alien dental X-ray,” she said.


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Councillor Glenn Floyd said with other major sporting developments planned for Orange the council needed to support “fringe grounds” such as Waratahs.


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“I think anything we can do to prop them up, make them look a lot better, make them a lot more functional is only going to help Orange in the long run to gain that reputation as a sporting centre of excellence,” he said.



Council also approved a subdivision of land it owns next to the Endeavour Oval in Woodward Street for housing.

It includes an existing heritage-listed house, which would be retained.


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