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  • Orange Regional Museum turns one year old

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    21 November 2017

    Orange Regional Museum reached a significant milestone over the weekend and there’s 36,000 reasons to celebrate.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the Orange Regional Museum opened its doors 12 months ago and had been just as popular week in and out.

    “That’s the number of people through the doors in the first 12 months, which is excellent,” Cr Kidd said.

    “That’s 36,000 people who have experienced the history of the central west, engaged in a learning program or attended one of the interactive events such as a movie night, or went to a floor talk.

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    21 November 2017

    Orange Regional Museum reached a significant milestone over the weekend and there’s 36,000 reasons to celebrate.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the Orange Regional Museum opened its doors 12 months ago and had been just as popular week in and out.

    “That’s the number of people through the doors in the first 12 months, which is excellent,” Cr Kidd said.

    “That’s 36,000 people who have experienced the history of the central west, engaged in a learning program or attended one of the interactive events such as a movie night, or went to a floor talk.

    “Those visitors have been locals and people travelling from across the state.

    “The numbers have been bolstered with the combination of the Orange Visitors Information Centre and the Groundstone Café in the same building.

    “And what an iconic building it is.

    “It’s an Orange landmark to be proud of.”

    Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Cr Kevin Duffy said more than 1,500 students had been through the museum in a school group and participated in one of the many school education programs run by museum staff.

    “School students have come from as far as Parkes to participate in the programs,” Cr Duffy said.

    “They often come here and spend the whole day in our cultural precinct.

    “They come for a show in the Orange Civic Theatre, participate in a museum program then head to the Orange Regional Gallery and finish with a workshop and a story at Orange City Library.”

    The Orange Regional Museum now has 714 objects in its permanent collection, 469 of those have been acquired since the museum opened on November 19, 2016.

    During the last 12 months the museum has hosted eight temporary exhibitions including a Shackleton display from the Australian Maritime Museum, photos from the Holtermann Collection and Waste 2 Art.

    “The current exhibition Journey; People, Place, Stories has been a hit with visitors with the 1926 Chevrolet called Emma a favourite of many,” Cr Kidd said.

    “This exhibition has about 60 objects and the next exhibition, Paddock to Plate, already has about 300 so we’re incredibly excited for its opening in April.

    “That’s one of the best aspects of Orange Regional Museum, it isn’t static, and it isn’t quiet.

    “It’s fun, it’s loud, it’s for children and adults alike and like many contemporary museums, our objects change and exhibitions change.”

    FIRST BIRTHDAY: Museum turns one year old - Photo by Corey Masters

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  • Choices at Home to say thank you to volunteers

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    20 November 2017

    Hundreds of volunteers provide valuable support to Orange’s City Council’s community services, and this week there’ll be an opportunity to thank them.

    Orange City Council’s community services wing, Choices at Home, will acknowledge the crucial work of volunteers at a Garden Party to be hosted in their honour.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd believes it’s important to recognize the many contributions that volunteers make.

    “Many of Orange City Council Community Services rely on the valuable contribution made by volunteers throughout the year,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

    “It’s important we acknowledge the continued support of volunteers, whose donation of... Continue reading

    20 November 2017

    Hundreds of volunteers provide valuable support to Orange’s City Council’s community services, and this week there’ll be an opportunity to thank them.

    Orange City Council’s community services wing, Choices at Home, will acknowledge the crucial work of volunteers at a Garden Party to be hosted in their honour.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd believes it’s important to recognize the many contributions that volunteers make.

    “Many of Orange City Council Community Services rely on the valuable contribution made by volunteers throughout the year,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

    “It’s important we acknowledge the continued support of volunteers, whose donation of time and energy, is essential in securing the continuation and success many of our services.”

    “International Volunteers Day is traditionally celebrated 5 December each year, however Council will celebrate a little earlier this year with some help from the students of Canobolas Rural Technology High School Hospitality class who will provide and serve a light luncheon.

    The event will be held on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the HACC Centre 286 Lords Place Orange beginning at 11:30am.

    Choices at Home supports older people so that they remain living independently at home as long as possible by providing practical support such as:
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Community Visitors
    • Men’s Group
    • Women’s Shed
    • Shopping Service
    • Telecare
    • Community Visiting
    • Minor Home Maintenance
    • Social Support activities and trips
    Orange City Council provides diverse opportunities to volunteer and if you are interested in a rewarding role within one of our services please contact the Community Development and Support Coordinator
    on 6393 8972.

    THANKYOU: Anne Hopwood volunteers at Foodcare.

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  • New country airport forum wins award

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    17 November 2017

    A new way for country airports to share best practice ideas has picked up a national award for Orange.

    Orange Regional Airport shared in a national award for Innovation & Excellence at a gala presentation in Adelaide this week, alongside Dubbo, Parkes and Scone airports for their work in coordinating the new project.

    Orange mayor Reg Kidd has congratulated all involved in the prize.

    “Now with the extra fights to Melbourne and Brisbane, the Orange Regional Airport is becoming even more important to our local economy,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “This award recognises the fantastic work that’s... Continue reading


    17 November 2017

    A new way for country airports to share best practice ideas has picked up a national award for Orange.

    Orange Regional Airport shared in a national award for Innovation & Excellence at a gala presentation in Adelaide this week, alongside Dubbo, Parkes and Scone airports for their work in coordinating the new project.

    Orange mayor Reg Kidd has congratulated all involved in the prize.

    “Now with the extra fights to Melbourne and Brisbane, the Orange Regional Airport is becoming even more important to our local economy,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “This award recognises the fantastic work that’s happening to keep country airports in touch with new developments.”

    GRINNERS : pictured (l. to r.) Cr Sam Romano, Air Corporate First Officer, Gary Burns, Acting Airport Manager Tim Mooney, Cabin Crew Manager Leighanne Gibbons, Air Corporate Captain Mark Di Rosso and Orange Airport Reporting Officer John Goldsmith.

    Orange City Council Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Sam Romano was in Adelaide this week for the awards ceremony.

    “The council staff at these four country airports are doing a great job and this award comes as well-earned a pat on the back for them,” Cr Sam Romano said.

    “The idea to set up a new way of country airports sharing ideas came about through a discussion Orange’s former airport manager Kel Gardiner had with Linsey Mason of Dubbo,” Sam Romano said. “Then, Parkes and Scone also came on board.”

    "Former councillor Chris Gryllis worked hard for the airport for many years, and his commitment to this facility played a big part in making it what it is today.

    “While there might be extra support for staff in metropolitan areas, in regional areas, the Airport Reporting Officers can work in isolation," Sam Romano said. "The new forum helps the AROs network with each other to see what new directions each airport is taking and what new procedures they’re using to keep our airports safe."

    As well as better information sharing, the airport staff also stage face-to-face meetings twice a year.

    Orange’s Airport Reporting Officer John Goldsmith was in Adelaide for the presentation along with acting Airports Manager Tim Mooney and Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Sam Romano.

    GALA : Representatives of Orange, Dubbo, Parkes and Scone airport were presented with a national award in Adelaide this week. (Inset) Acting airport manager Tim Mooney and Cr Sam Roman are pictured with Orange's award in Adelaide.
  • Asian Cup football profits boost club facilities in Orange

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    17 November 2017

    Australia's successful staging of football's Asian Cup in 2015 is still leaving its mark, with the latest impact a boost to club facilities for two local clubs in Orange.

    Parliamentary secretetary for western NSW Rick Colless, and Football NSW infrastructure manager Daniel Ristic were both in Orange today to unveil funding for improved facilities at Jack Brabham and Waratahs sportsgrounds.

    The Orange & District Football Club will receive $60,854 for the extension of club rooms to provide a meeting room and storage area at Brabham Park.

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    .... STORY UPDATED 21 November 2017...

    17 November 2017

    Australia's successful staging of football's Asian Cup in 2015 is still leaving its mark, with the latest impact a boost to club facilities for two local clubs in Orange.

    Parliamentary secretetary for western NSW Rick Colless, and Football NSW infrastructure manager Daniel Ristic were both in Orange today to unveil funding for improved facilities at Jack Brabham and Waratahs sportsgrounds.

    The Orange & District Football Club will receive $60,854 for the extension of club rooms to provide a meeting room and storage area at Brabham Park.

    Waratahs Junior Soccer Club will receive $51,500 for the development of a small-sided field (including irrgation and floodlighting) to respond to the growing numbers of younger players (under 6s) at the Waratah sportsground.

    Rick Colless is delighted to see the Asian Cup tournament continue to have a legacy in local grounds, boosting one of Australia's biggest sports in terms of participation numbers.

    "Through the allocation of surplus funding from the elite level Asian Cup in 2015 to community football, it ensures that we continue to see Australia succeeding on the international stage, while getting kids more active at the same time," Rick Colless said.

    "Almost 330,000 people participated in football across the state last year, an increase on the previous year."

    FUNDING : Volunteer labour coordinated by members of Orange & District Football Club is continuing to make progress on an extension to clubrooms at Jack Brabham Park. Pitctured today (l. to r.) Parliamentary secretetary for western NSW Rick Colless, Committee member Brett Hazzard, Football NSW infrastructure manager Daniel Ristic, Committee member Glenn Harpley and Member for Orange Phil Donato welcome the presentation of new funding.
  • Free Learner Driver workshops a must for parents

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    17 November 2017

    Parents and supervisors of learner drivers are encouraged to attend free workshops planned for Orange and Molong in the coming weeks.

    The free two hour workshops, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.

    Orange and Cabonne’s Road Safety Officer, Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, who is presenting the workshops says it’s well worth attending.

    “Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer,” Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan said.

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    17 November 2017

    Parents and supervisors of learner drivers are encouraged to attend free workshops planned for Orange and Molong in the coming weeks.

    The free two hour workshops, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.

    Orange and Cabonne’s Road Safety Officer, Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, who is presenting the workshops says it’s well worth attending.

    “Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer,” Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan said.

    “With that goal in mind Orange and Cabonne Councils have partnered with the Roads & Maritime Services to hold these free two hour workshops in Orange and Molong to offer practical advice to parents and supervisors on how to become safer drivers on our roads”

    The workshops cover topics such as:
    • the licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers,
    • how to use the Learner Driver Logbook
    • the benefits of on-road driving sessions and
    • tips on supervising a learner driver.
    “Parents and supervisors who have attended this workshop in the past have found that it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors."

    The Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshops will be held at :

    • Orange Community Services and Information Centre (79 Kite St, Orange) Wed, 22 November 7pm-9pm.
    • Molong Central School Library (60 Phillip St Molong) Thurs 30 November 7pm-9pm
    Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan on 6393 8600.



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  • This year’s theatre season hits every demographic

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    16 November, 2017.

    Shows for kids, young adults, music fans, lovers of drama, Indigenous performances, circus and opera.

    This year’s Orange Civic Theatre subscription season has it all.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said, with more shows than ever, theatre goers in Orange were spoilt for choice.
    “We are incredibly proud of the huge lineup this year,” Cr Kidd said.


    “Not only are there more shows, 30 in fact, the calibre of shows is phenomenal.

    “For example, the theatre was able to secure Calamity Jane, starring Virgina Gay, from a sold out season at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney.

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    16 November, 2017.

    Shows for kids, young adults, music fans, lovers of drama, Indigenous performances, circus and opera.

    This year’s Orange Civic Theatre subscription season has it all.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said, with more shows than ever, theatre goers in Orange were spoilt for choice.
    “We are incredibly proud of the huge lineup this year,” Cr Kidd said.


    “Not only are there more shows, 30 in fact, the calibre of shows is phenomenal.

    “For example, the theatre was able to secure Calamity Jane, starring Virgina Gay, from a sold out season at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney.

    “This is a big deal because Orange is the only stop, outside of metropolitan theatres, the touring production will make.”

    Hundreds of people packed the Orange Civic Theatre last night for the official launch of the 2018 subscription season.

    Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Kevin Duffy said people who signed up to the subscription season received first choice of seats for all shows.

    “Tickets for these amazing performances are on sale now for anyone who signs up to a subscription season,” Cr Duffy said.

    “Everyone else will have to wait until December 11 to purchase tickets.”

    Orange Civic Theatre Performing Arts and Venues Manager Michelle Pearce said she was proud the performances this season were aimed at a broad range of ages and backgrounds.

    “As usual we have a great line-up for young children with the 78 Storey Treehouse, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Yo Diddle Diddle and The Magic Pudding,” Ms Pearce said.

    “We love having children in the theatre and it’s great they can grow up with an appreciation for live performances.


    “We also have Indigenous performances full of integrity, written and performed by Indigenous people.

    “For example we have Which Way Home by the Ilbijerri Theatre Company, which tells the story of what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.

    “Personally I love Circus Oz so it’s great to have them back again and I also enjoy working with the Orange Theatre Company who have three shows booked for this year.”

    Ms Pearce said she made a concerted effort to increase the number of dramas at the theatre after customer feedback.

    She said there were plenty of genuine Australia dramas to choose from on top of crowd favourites such as the renowned Bell Shakespeare Company’s performance of Julius Cesar.

    There is also plenty of options for a younger crowd with pit stops from the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a tour from Eurovision contestant Isaiah and a play called A Town Named War Boy about young men in the First World War.

    “I think we have really hit every demographic with this year’s subscription season and I encourage everyone to sign up,” Ms Pearce said.

    “You get first choice of seats and discounted prices but you don’t have to pay for all your shows up front.

    “You can spread the cost throughout the year with a direct debit before each show you choose to go to.

    “You also have the chance to win complimentary season passes if you sign up before Tuesday December 12. ”

    For information head to orange.nsw.gov.au/theatre.




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  • Renowned Australian artist featured in new exhibition

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    14 November, 2017

    This Summer Orange Regional Gallery will be hosting a major touring exhibition of the works of Elisabeth Cummings, one of Australia’s most respected living artists.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the exhibition Elisabeth Cummings; Interior Landscapes featured a range of mediums to interest lovers of all kinds of art.

    “Elisabeth Cummings is a highly decorated Australian artist who has been painting, printing and drawing for over six decades,” Cr Kidd said.

    “This retrospective exhibition will feature works from throughout her career including etchings, ceramics, and subjects drawn from still life, interiors and landscapes as well as prints.”

    14 November, 2017

    This Summer Orange Regional Gallery will be hosting a major touring exhibition of the works of Elisabeth Cummings, one of Australia’s most respected living artists.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the exhibition Elisabeth Cummings; Interior Landscapes featured a range of mediums to interest lovers of all kinds of art.

    “Elisabeth Cummings is a highly decorated Australian artist who has been painting, printing and drawing for over six decades,” Cr Kidd said.

    “This retrospective exhibition will feature works from throughout her career including etchings, ceramics, and subjects drawn from still life, interiors and landscapes as well as prints.”

    Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Kevin Duffy said the Elisabeth Cummings exhibition was renowned throughout Australia.

    “This is a significant coup for the Orange Regional Gallery,” Cr Kidd said.

    “Time and again the Orange Regional Gallery is securing big names and highly sought-after exhibitions in a competitive environment.

    “This is excellent for Orange residents who have the opportunity to see these fantastic exhibitions without travelling elsewhere.

    “It’s great because people travel here instead.”

    Gallery Director Brad Hammond said Cummings’ absorption of a wide range of influences had developed her unique and distinctive style.

    “After winning the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship, Elisabeth Cummings studied abroad for a decade in Italy and France in the 1960s,” Mr Hammond said.

    “She has been influenced by the European work of Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, the teaching of Oskar Kokoschka, the paintings of Ian Fairweather and Australian Aboriginal art.

    “The exhibition includes some of her finest paintings of remote and beautiful places in Australia – Arnhem Land, the Pilbara, Lake Mungo, the Flinders Ranges, the Kimberleys and the edge of the Simpson Desert.”

    The exhibition with be opened by the curator Sioux Garside on Friday 17 November 2017 at 6 for 6.30pm.

    Sioux will also present a floor talk at 5.30pm prior to the opening.

    INSTALLATION: Interior landscapes is installed.

  • Mountain bike riders ready for Orange

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    14 November, 2017

    The nation’s best mountain bike riders are gearing up for the journey to Orange for the opening round of the 2018 Cross-Country National Series.

    It’s the second straight year the trails at Kinross State Forest have hosted Australia’s best mountain bikers for the start of the national titles. The 2018 Cross-Country National Series (presented by Beastwear) begins with a double header on the 9-10th December 2017.

    The 2018 National Series is made up of eight rounds, with races also to be staged on the Gold Coast, Pemberton in Western Australia and Canberra.

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    14 November, 2017

    The nation’s best mountain bike riders are gearing up for the journey to Orange for the opening round of the 2018 Cross-Country National Series.

    It’s the second straight year the trails at Kinross State Forest have hosted Australia’s best mountain bikers for the start of the national titles. The 2018 Cross-Country National Series (presented by Beastwear) begins with a double header on the 9-10th December 2017.

    The 2018 National Series is made up of eight rounds, with races also to be staged on the Gold Coast, Pemberton in Western Australia and Canberra.

    Mountain Bike Australia CEO Shane Coppin said the success of last year’s event showed the growth of the sport in the central west region of NSW.

    “The support from the MTB community, Orange MTB Club and Orange City Council meant riders enjoyed a top quality event last year and I am sure this season’s double header will be no different,” Shane Coppin said.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd is delighted the event is coming back to Orange.

    “It’s a solid sign of success when organisers bring an event of this callibre to Orange for a return visit,” Reg Kidd said.

    Orange City Council’s Sport & Recreation Committee chair, Cr Jason Hamling is pleased Orange will be the place to see the nation’s best.

    “Some of these top riders are on their way to the Commonwealth Games,” Cr Jason Hamling said.

    “It’s terrific that Orange will be place where these competitors will be going head-to-head for the first time in this next national series.”

    Reigning National Series elite champions Daniel McConnell and Rebecca Henderson tasted success at the venue last year and will no doubt be back to defend their titles as they prepare for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games a few months later.

    Newly crowned Junior Men’s World Champion Cameron Wright, who claimed a clean sweep of wins during the series last season, will be the favourite in a strong field.

    Anyone can enter the 2018 Cross-Country National Series with categories ranging from Under 15 through to Masters 10.

    For more information on all races in the series head to: https://www.mtba.asn.au/event/cross-country


  • Orange to host state water polo titles

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    14 November, 2017.

    The best junior water polo enthusiasts from across the state will converge on Orange next month.

    The U14s Boys State Water Polo Championships will be heading to Orange from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd December 2017.

    The Orange Aquatic Centre will be the venue for the State Championships which will see more than 100 young athletes competing to be named the U14s Boys State Champions.

    Mayor Reg Kidd has welcomed the event.

    “There are signs of a resurgence in water polo in Orange with a new comp starting at the Aquatic Centre,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

    14 November, 2017.

    The best junior water polo enthusiasts from across the state will converge on Orange next month.

    The U14s Boys State Water Polo Championships will be heading to Orange from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd December 2017.

    The Orange Aquatic Centre will be the venue for the State Championships which will see more than 100 young athletes competing to be named the U14s Boys State Champions.

    Mayor Reg Kidd has welcomed the event.

    “There are signs of a resurgence in water polo in Orange with a new comp starting at the Aquatic Centre,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

    “It’s great that local juniors will be able to see the best regional teams from across the state, right here in Orange.”

    Orange City Council’s Sport and Recreation Committee chair, Cr Jason Hamling said the organisers’ decision to stage two free clinics during the state titles was great for the sport.

    Water Polo NSW (WPNSW) and Macquarie Sports will be delivering two free Water Polo Clinics in conjunction with our U14s State Championships.

    “The Clinics will involve an enjoyable and fun experience with team building, learning basic water polo skills and the incorporation of modified games, “Cr Jason Hamling said.

    “Olympians will be running the sessions with allowing opportunities for questions and photos. “

    WPNSW Events Coordinator Ethan Rogers said teams are looking forward to coming to Orange after a successful staging of the under 16 girls state titles last year.

    “With such a wonderful facility, we can’t wait to come back to Orange,” Ethan Rogers said.

    “The Central West is a new region in the sport we are targeting and it’s exciting to bring Championships to such a beautiful part of the State.”

    WATER POLO: Orange teams warm up during the first games in Orange earlier this month.

  • Council seeks comment on private hospital planning agreement

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    9 November 2017

    Orange City Council is asking for community comment about a proposed agreement which covers financial contributions for work associated with the construction of a new private hospital.

    The new private hospital project, on the former Orange drive-in site on Forest Road, includes :

    • a six storey private hospital
    • an 82 room medi-motel
    • health facilities buildings for rehabilitation, pathology, medical imaging, chemist and medical suites
    • future precincts for residential dwellings and or apartments incorporating short and medium term accommodation for hospital staff and students
    • future community/child-care facilities
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    9 November 2017

    Orange City Council is asking for community comment about a proposed agreement which covers financial contributions for work associated with the construction of a new private hospital.

    The new private hospital project, on the former Orange drive-in site on Forest Road, includes :

    • a six storey private hospital
    • an 82 room medi-motel
    • health facilities buildings for rehabilitation, pathology, medical imaging, chemist and medical suites
    • future precincts for residential dwellings and or apartments incorporating short and medium term accommodation for hospital staff and students
    • future community/child-care facilities
    • separate buildings for ancillary retail activities (including but not limited to a florist newsagent, café/restaurant, hairdresser, shops, kiosks, takeaway food and drink premises)
    • internal roads and car parking
    • landscaping
    • a 4-way, traffic lights, intersection on Forest Road.


    BACKGROUND INFORMATION : Whenever a new housing subdivision or project is built, the developer makes a financial contribution towards the council's costs in building necessary infrastructure such as underground water and sewer lines.
    These contributions are authorised under Section 64 (sewer & water) and Section 94 (community amenity, roads, parks etc) of local government legislation.The Council policy document which details these developer contributions in Orange is the Development Control Plan.
    In the case of some major projects, such as the private hospital, the council can negotiate a 'Planning Agreement' (PA) with the developer which varies the size of these contributions. The proposed PA sets out the details of the final contributions. Once the PA is drafted, it is available for community comment before it is finally considered by the council.)


    The draft Private Hospital Precinct Planning Agreement shows that the developer will contribute approx $7 million for necessary infrastructure work.

    This includes :

    • $2.2 million for the upgrade of Forest Rd and the building of a new intersection with traffic lights at the entrance to the private hospital and the Orange Health Service.
    • $4.7 million for the extension to the council's water and sewer pipe network

    The agreement also spells out that additional contributions worth $1.5 million, that would otherwise be required under Section 94 EPA Act, will not be paid to the Council.

    This amount would normally have been be paid to cover the Section 94 (parks,roads, community amenity) costs associated with the residential precincts of the hospital.

    A report to the November 7 council meeting suggests that because of the amount of other property development that's expected to occur in the area around the hospital, including the Shiralee housing estate and current DPI land holdings, there will be other sources of funding to provide this infrastructure in future years.

    The report estimates that the $1.5 million that the council would forgo under this agreement, would amount to only 3.6% of the total revenue to come to the council from future development in this area.

    The report finds that the employment and other community "benefits offered by the (private hospital) development justify the (financial) support for the proposal".

    As well as the financial arrangements, the proposed PA :

    • commits Orange City Council to completing the water, sewer and a Forest Road upgrade to allow the project to proceed and,
    • sets deadlines for the completion of that work

    MORE INFORMATION :

    The Draft Planning Agreement can be downloaded here.

    A plain English Explanatory Note about the PA can be downloaded here.

    COMMENTS :

    Community submissions on the Private Hospital Precinct Planning Agreement can be sent to :

    DEADLINE FOR COMMENT : 5pm, Thursday, 7 December 2017

    A printed copy of the draft PA document can also be inspected at the Orange Civic Centre, corner Byng Street and Lords Place.

    Any submissions made will be collected for reporting purposes and could form part of a report available to the public.