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New sports precinct will require $170,000 a year in fertiliser and chemicals

October 4, 2022

Aerial view of sporting precinct. Supplied.

By Peter Holmes

The costs associated with maintaining the new Orange sporting precinct have been revealed in papers to be tabled at council tonight.

According to the papers it will cost ratepayers about $400,000 a year.

The estimated costs per annum include:

  • Fertiliser/Chemicals: $170,000

  • Additional Staffing: $120,000

  • Renovations from wear: $40,000

  • Landmarking: $30,000

“This is based on a maintenance regime required to meet the anticipated use of the facility and to meet the needs of the sporting groups,” states the report.

“Weather conditions will impact the maintenance regime with extreme wet periods or drought periods.”

Additional capital equipment will also be required to maintain the facility, which is spread across eight hectares of sporting grounds, including:

  • John Deere 5075M Utility Tractor

  • ProGator 2030A (Diesel) GPS - Select Spray Turf Sprayer

  • John Deere 8900A PrecisionCut Mower

  • John Deere 9009A TerrainCut Rough Mower

  • Autonomous Sports Field Line Marker

  • Cricket wicket roller - Mow Master WR660

  • Redexim Top-Brush

  • Gator HPX615E

  • Cricket Wicket mower

No prices have been listed for this equipment.

Council hopes to “offset the operational costs of the facility going forward”.

“Once the Orange Regional Sporting Hub has been completed, council will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the facility,” states the report.

“Whilst council will ultimately be responsible for maintenance, management and renewal of assets, direct and indirect contributions will be made by partners including user fees for facilities; lease fees for office space; local economic benefits from events and employees hosted in Orange.”

The precinct is currently officially underfunded by $10 million, but that amount is expected to grow significantly when a report to council factoring in new construction costs is presented in December.

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