Community to vote on project short-list

4 April 2018

Orange City Council is encouraging community members to vote on which projects should get the priority for funding under Round Two of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.

After news of Round Two opportunities were unveiled last month, the council invited community groups to suggest projects.

The new short-list of projects has now been assembled and, under the government's requirements,the list is put up for community voting.

Orange City Council last year submitted nine projects and Mayor Reg Kidd is optimistic some of the projects which missed out might make the short-list this year.

“It was great news for Orange when Deputy Premier John Barilaro advised that local infrastructure projects in Orange would be funded to the tune of $1.6 million in this round,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “That comes on top of the $1.2 million in Round 1.

“That gives the community groups who might have missed out last time, the chance to put their hand up again, or for the council to hear about new projects that people have been exploring. The council will also add some suggestions.”

“This time the government is putting a special emphasis on sports infrastructure, so half of the funding the council will seek will be for projects in that field.”

"We’ll again be asking the community what they think as we assess which projects should take a priority.”

The deadline for community voting on the projects sport list is 9 am Monday 9 April.

“A council meeting in April will finalise the list of suggestions that will be put to the government. It’s then their call which projects they want to fund.”

Project short-list

The 10 projects on the short-list are:

·Domestic Violence Crisis centre for women and children

Project Description

The proposal is to construct a purpose-built crisis centre for women and children experiencing domestic violence. The centre would include short-term high security beds, self-contained units for more independence and eventually transitional housing.

Total Cost: $1.977 million for Stage 1 SCC Funds Required: $685,000

Proponent: Housing Plus

·Endeavour Oval, New Gym & Changerooms

Project Description

The project is to demolish an existing gym and construct two new change-rooms and an education space. The new facility would be positioned to provide the change-rooms for the No. 2 field at Endeavour Oval. The second level, to house the new gym and education space, would have elevator access.

Total Cost: $1.372 million Funds Required: $1.372 million

Proponent: Emus Rugby Club

· Gosling Creek, Track upgrade and storage facilities

Project Description
Widening the existing 1.2 km bitumen circuit track at Gosling Creek Reserve to be 6 metre wide. This would let the track be used for criterium bike racing and bhy the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) races. Also a storage shed next to the current toilet facility.
The upgraded track would provide a safe off-road place for races, which would not require the closure of public roads.

Total Cost: $370,000 SCC Funds Required: $300,000

Proponent: Orange Cycle & Triathalon Club

· Sportsfield Lighting, Jack Brabham Park

Project Description
This project is to provide competition standard field lighting (200 Lux) on Bernie Stedman Field (BSF) located at Sir Jack Brabham Park, designed and installed to Australian Standards.
The scope of the project will also include the upgrade of the power supply to Sir Jack Brabham Park. This upgraded power supply will service all future needs to the park as power supply is currently at full capacity and facilities at the park cannot be upgraded with out the increase in power supply.

Total Cost: $430,000 SCC Funds Required: $390,000

Proponent: Orange & District Football Association

·Sir Jack Brabham new amenities facilities (Stage 1)

Project Description

The Sir Jack Brabham Park sportsgrounds hosts a broad cross section of sports, including softball, football (soccer), cricket and school sport. The existing amenity buildings are located on the eastern and western side of the 21 hectare sportsground.

The proposal is to construct a new amenities building near the Forest Road softball diamonds to the south of the park. Facilities will include accessible toilets, change rooms, showers and storage.

The proposal also includes a children’s playground

Total Cost: $610,000 SCC Funds Required: $550,000

Proponent: Orange City Council

·Wade Park lighting

Project Description

In recent years Wade Park has undergone a number upgrades including a new playing surface and LED scoreboard. The next priority is lighting. The field lighting is in need of an upgrade to meet the requirements of local and regional sporting competitions conducted at the venue, including cricket, rugby league, rugby union, football and AFL. The lighting upgrade would significantly improve the current lighting standard to ensure player safety as well as providing improved experience for spectators.

Total Cost: $240,000 SCC Funds Required: $100,000

Proponent: Orange City Council

· New solar blanket for outdoor pool, Orange Aquatic Centre

Project Description

The project aims to enhance facilities at the the Orange Aquatic Centre by installing a new solar blanket on the outdoor 50 metre pool and diving pool. This covering would be unrolled at night, delivering energy savings through less heat loss

Total Cost: $110,000 SCC Funds Required: $110,000

Proponent: Orange City Council

·Re-Surface a hockey playing field

Project Description

The project is to upgrade the playing surface of a hockey field (known as the ‘Smith Field) at the Orange Hockey Centre. Currently the field is a sand-based artificial turf field that is nearing the end of its useful life. The club intends to replace the playing surface with a new water based synthetic turf, installing the necessary infrastructure to be able to water the field.

Total Cost: $749,000 SCC Funds Requested: $412,000

Proponent: Orange Hockey Club Inc

·Child-safe play area and car parking

Project Description

The proposal is to replace on-site parking at the Orange Presbyterian Church on-site car parking areas with a landscaped area. The church proposes to remove the hardstand areas and remediate the soil and adjust the ground levels to provide soft landscaped lawn and trees as a safe area for play. The church also proposes to provide a layout of 50 car spaces (including 4 disabled spaces) to the south of the site.

Total Cost: $290,000 SCC Funds Required: $290,000

Proponent: Orange Presbyterian Church

·New Toilet facilities, Naylor Pavillion , Orange Showground

Project Description

The proposal is to construct new toilet facilities on the southern side of the new Naylor Pavilion at the Orange Showground. The facilities would include dual access from inside and outside the building. The pavilion is used during the annual show and through the year

Total Costs : $250,000 SSCF Funds Required : $250,000

Proponent : Orange City Council

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