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Eight new sports fields in Orange stadium precinct "expected" to be in use in 12 months

May 30, 2022

An artist impression of the sporting precinct. Orange City Council.

By Peter Holmes

Earthworks will transform sloping land at the site for the new $25 million sporting precinct into three tiered levels over coming months.

The levels will house an athletics track, eight sporting fields and a stadium.

The next stage of the project will see topsoil removed and stored on-site for later use across the sloping land from Forest Road to Huntley Road.

Storm water drains will also be installed.

Works should take about five months.

It’s expected the eight sporting fields will be in use by this time next year. Detailed design and tenders for other elements of the precinct including the athletics track will follow later this year.

The contract for earthworks was awarded at the most recent council meeting, on May 17.

A computer generated aerial view of the stadium. Orange City Council.

"The tenders for the earthworks were assessed by the NSW Public Works Advisory and council staff," said a council press statement.

The $8.8 million contract was awarded to Symal Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

The sports precinct project is funded by $25 million from the NSW government.

Earthworks are expected to start by the end of June, weather permitting.

Councillor Tammy Greenhalgh said that in recent months around 650 pine logs were removed from the site to be processed for particle board manufacture.

"Other tree branches and trees that weren’t suitable for processing have been chipped and will be used for mulching onsite to help create the parkland setting,” she said.

“There’s an extensive landscape plan for the parklands, and it’s important to remember that when the project is finished there will be more trees on site than there were at the start.”

Temporary construction fences have been erected around all the established trees that will be kept.

The stadium will have a capacity of 8,000.


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