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Eat a chicken burger and chips, and then work them off at the gym - plan for Orange

July 1, 2022


By David Fitzsimons

A major fitness group has unveiled plans for a $3.3 million gym in the heart of Orange’s new fast food hub.

American-based Planet Fitness, which promotes itself as a gym for beginners and non-gym junkies, is set to add Orange to its current 10 operations in Australia.

It is proposing to locate on Leeds Parade near the roundabout intersection with the Northern Distributor Road.

Bunnings is opposite the planned 12-hectare site, which already has approval for a major service station and an Oporto fast food store totalling about $6 million.

More fast food stores, including a potential second KFC store in the city, have also been proposed for the western side of the site alongside the Orange-Dubbo railway line in north Orange.

Under the plans the gym would be open every day and have parking space for 100 cars.

It will also create full time, part time and casual jobs in Orange.


While the exact numbers have not been revealed the plans state up to eight staff would be at the gym at any one time.

A staff report to Orange City Council, which will consider a development application for the proposal next Tuesday night, recommends council approve the Planet Fitness project.

“The proposal will comprise the construction of a 1,600-square-metre building, which will provide for an open plan gym space for training and gym equipment, associated amenities, onsite car parking for 100 cars, site landscaping and business identification signage,” it said.

The proposed hours of operation are 24 hours Monday to Friday and 7am to 7pm on weekends with controlled access.

The gym will cater for individual exercise, personal training and group fitness.

"The proposed gymnasium building will be located at the eastern end of the development site fronting Leeds Parade,” it said.

Design image of the servo and Oporto. Supplied.

“The proposed development is generally consistent with the masterplan exhibited with the site-specific development control plan and poses no conflict with approvals previously issued in relation to the highway service centre, subdivision, or the other identified future uses.”

The DA has been submitted by the owner of the currently empty paddocks site, Jasbe Orange Pty Ltd.

Jasbe is a Melbourne-based company.

Planet Fitness unveiled plans in November 2019 to open up to 35 locations across Australia.

The Orange project would be only the second in regional NSW following its Wagga Wagga operation.

The other sites are in Sydney, Queensland and on the Central Coast.



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