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Orange is getting a $200,000 lighting installation in shopping centre laneway

June 27, 2023

By Peter Holmes

The laneway connecting Orange Central Square Shopping Centre car park and Summer Street will receive a $200,000 lighting upgrade.

Described by Orange City Council as a "rundown connection point", the updated laneway will have a light installation in the ceiling, which council says will make the laneway "a safer and more attractive place".

"The project is about visual improvements but also has a focus on discouraging antisocial activity and improving safety," council said.

"The laneway that runs between the Kathmandu and Bed, Bath & Table stores has been a project on Orange City Council’s radar for improvement for some time."

The project will be funded by Orange City Council and the NSW Government, with each contributing $100,000 to the project.

The NSW government funding is aimed at supporting the medium to long-term recovery of the arts and cultural sectors.

Daniel Templeman's design. You can have your say on which design you prefer. Follow the link in red at the bottom of the story. Supplied.

The contribution from Charter Hall, which owns Orange Central Square Shopping Centre and part of the laneway, is to prepare and clean the space ahead of the installation.

Councillor Tony Mileto said the laneway "is well overdue for an upgrade."

Councillor Melanie McDonell said that instead of installing standard lighting, "we want to use the opportunity to be bold".

"It will go from a dingy place to be avoided to one that encourages people to pass through,” she said.

Two projects have been shortlisted by Council’s Public Art Panel. The shortlisted artists are Joel Adler and Daniel Templeman.

United Dance Project has operated off the laneway for nine years. Owner Leesa Chaseling said: "We have so many families with small children come to classes every week, always having to dodge mess and rubbish, while looking at walls covered in graffiti.”

Council is asking the community for their views. Orange residents can have their say through an online survey (at the bottom of the linked page).

The online survey is open until 5pm on Tuesday July 25, 2023.

Joel Adler's design. You can have your say on which design you prefer. Follow the link in red at the bottom of the story. Supplied.

The successful concept will move to detailed design and fabrication in September with installation set to be finished by the end of March 2024.

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