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DA for indoor pool lodged with Orange City Council as part of $4.5 million project

May 23, 2023

An artist's impression of the new building, from council papers.

By Peter Holmes

An indoor pool is a key part of an expansion planned by Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS).

A development application (DA) is before council for OAMS to spend up to $4.55 million constructing the new community facility.

The new building, on Cameron Place, would be next to the walu-win wellbeing centre on Cameron Place and the OAMS headquarters on Perc Griffin Way.

It would house a program pool, which can run activities such as hydrotherapy, three consulting rooms, store room, plant room, amenities, gymnasium, off street parking and building identification signage.

An interconnecting reception would link the building to walu-win.

The DA stated: “The proposed redevelopment will not only provide an upgraded modern contemporary program pool facility, but it is felt that this necessary expansion will greatly benefit its ongoing service to the community.”

There would be off-street parking for 19 vehicles and a community bus.

“The project is in the public interest and will provide social and economic benefits to the region,” the application stated.

“It will generate local employment opportunities during construction and the ongoing operational phases of the development, increase the productive use of the Enterprise Corridor, maximise the use of existing site infrastructure [and] increase the available multi-purpose community opportunities within the Orange locale.”

OAMS is a “community controlled, owned and operated organisation that has been providing medical and primary health care services to the local Orange community since 2005, and outreach dental services to Bathurst, Cowra, Parkes and Forbes since 2010”.

OAMS has an Indigenous focus but is available to the wider community.

The application is on public exhibition until June 2, 2023.

The Orange News Examiner has sought comment from OAMS.

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