ORANGE City Council will pour more than $40,000 into overhauling Glenroi Oval and the hockey centre in a bid to curb vandalism and antisocial behaviour.
Councillors unanimously endorsed the plans at Tuesday's meeting to permanently close two laneways near Glenroi Heights Public School and the hockey field, build a new concrete path, install security fencing to extend the existing school boundary fence, and move emergency access gates to the end of Orchard Grove Road.
The funds will be in addition to $30,000 the council has decided to reallocate to establish a small skate park at Glenroi Oval.
Recently, rocks and verbal abuse have regularly been hurled at players from the lane way near the Nunns Avenue complex.
The school has also copped malicious damage including broken windows from youths walking along a laneway linking Glenroi Oval to Maxwell Avenue.
Orange Hockey Incorporated president Michelle Stevenson hopes the new footpath will be the council's first priority.
"We think everything they've done is very positive," she said.
"It should help to no end, just having a designated footpath is a big thing because that's what people tend to stay on."
Cr Russell Turner tabled a petition with 300 signatures from residents in the area calling for the hockey centre laneway to be closed.
"Even as a state member I'd been up there because of the vandalism," he said.
"It's been an ongoing problem... it's just a no brainer that we go this way."
Cr Turner said the only other request from residents was for improved lighting, but the improvements will go a long way to making the area equal to Bowen.
"They're all quite excited about closing off the area at the hockey centre," he said.
Cr Jason Hamling welcomed the action and said it was something all councillors should support.
"We're going to do something for the hockey association and we're going to do something for the residents," he said.
"People should be able to play hockey without being harassed."
Tiered grandstand seating costing $10,000 is earmarked for the laneway to create a visual barrier and improve conditions for spectators.
Ms Stevenson said the seating was a long-term plan of the hockey association and could be five years away.
She acknowledged there was always a risk the antisocial activity could continue, but said the community was also on side.