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Golf club building and trees to go as Orange stadium precinct shifts to next phase


Orange mayor Jason Hamling, NSW MLC Sam Farraway and Orange councillor Tammy Grerenhalgh on Monday morning. Supplied.

By staff writer


The next stage of work starts today on the site of Orange’s new sports precinct and parklands.



Following the decision in February by the Western Regional Planning Panel to give concept planning approval for the project, the NSW Heritage Council gave its permission last week for work to begin.



Funding for the $25 million project is from the NSW government.


The money was initially promised to the people of Orange by then premier Gladys Berejiklian on the proviso they elected a member of the National Party.



A brutal backlash saw her change tact to say the city would get the stadium irrespective of who it voted for.


The latest stage of work starting today includes removal of the next round of trees and the demolition of a small former golf club building.

This part of the project will take approximately four weeks.




NSW Public Works Advisory is assessing the tender for the earthworks. It will then go to council for awarding.




The earthworks include topsoil scraped away and stockpiled on-site.


Crews will then level the three sites of the athletics track, eight sports fields and the main stadium.


This element of the project is expected to take about 20 weeks.



Detailed design and tenders for other elements of the precinct such as the athletics track will follow later this year.


“This project is a game changer for the sporting communities in Orange," said NSW MLC Sam Farraway.

"Today is another significant milestone in the progress of this project and the commitment from the NSW government to deliver this $25 million sporting precinct for the people of Orange.



"The precinct will provide Orange with further tourism opportunities and economic stimulus for the wider Central West by providing a venue that has the ability to attract larger sporting events.”


Orange mayor Jason Hamling said this stage of the works "will give residents a clearer idea of the size of the project and what this parklands precinct is going to look like".



“The line of old elms along the internal road is going to stay as a brilliant backdrop for the new parklands."


He said 784 new trees will be planted on the site.

"That’s more trees than we have now. And of the trees that are being removed, where possible they will be milled and re-used.”




According to council, when complete the precinct will include eight sports fields, a purpose-built athletics track and field with a grandstand and sloped areas with a capacity of 8,000.


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Council Sport & Recreation Committee chair Tammy Greenhalgh said "the families of Orange will be very pleased to see progress".

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