FINDING a car park in Orange just got a little easier thanks to the opening of new car spaces in the city.
Drivers will now be able to access 37 car spots at the rear of the Civic Centre thanks to the extension of the Tim Sullivan Car Park.
The Civic Centre project included not only an extension of the car parking area but also an upgrading of the drainage and lighting systems in the area.
The parking project cost $125,550 and will be funded from the council’s general revenue obtained through previous parking contributions from businesses.
Orange mayor John Davis welcomed the extra car parks as a way of taking parking pressure off areas of the central business district.
Cr Davis said while the car park hadn’t been opened for long it was already proving popular.
“There are sections of the Tim Sullivan Car Park that are available for all-day parking,” he said.
“If staff who work in Orange’s retail area are finding it convenient to use that means there’ll be more spaces available closer to shops for customers.”
An extra 107 parking spaces have also become available in a new car park in March Street alongside the Anzac Park sports stadium.
Councillor Glenn Taylor said the new car park at Anzac Park, which has cost $265,887, will also relieve pressure at peak times.
“It’s good this new car park has been completed well before the next netball season,” Cr Taylor said.
“Whether it’s a major sporting carnival in the stadium or the regular Saturday morning netball, the demand for parking in the area has created problems for businesses and residents in the area.
“I’m pleased we’ve been able to make a major contribution to fixing this issue by adding an extra 107 parking spaces.”