WADE Park is one step closer to being the central west’s premier cricket location, with plans to build a $250,000 indoor training facility in the pipeline.
Orange District Junior Cricket Association (OJCA) secretary Steve Ryan said plans for the 40 by 20 metre building at Wade Park hit a hurdle when Orange City Council’s master plan for the ground suggested it should be made into a rectangular field.
The group instead submitted a development application for a building at the Waratahs sportsground, but when the council abandoned the rectangular field the association was able to go back to its original plans for Wade Park.
“We’re a lot happier with that,” he said.
“The idea is to create a centre of excellence for cricket.
“We’d like to see some outdoor nets and turf nets there, but that’s a long-term plan.”
The building will be near the tennis courts on the Lords Place side of the ground and include four indoor cricket nets, a run-up area and bowling machines for junior and senior players to use.
“It will mean you can train right through winter and summer, rain, hail and shine,” Mr Ryan said.
“There are no indoor training centres this side of the Blue Mountains.”
A $51,000 state government grant will go towards the building and the association has also applied to NSW Cricket for more funds, Mr Ryan said.
Currently the representative teams train at Kinross Wolaroi School, but the new building will give them a dedicated facility and the Mitchell and Western levels have also pledged money towards the project.
Members of the public can view the development application and make a submission at the civic centre until September 16.