A NEW indoor training facility at Wade Park, an upgraded velodrome at Moulder Park, a new club house at Jack Brabham Park, another skate park and a rectangular precinct in the works - Orange City Council has a number of sporting projects on the go.
And if sport and recreation chair Jason Hamling had his way “each project would be built tomorrow.”
“But I’m only one person. I’ll keep pushing it along but I’ve got to convince 11 other councillors,” Cr Hamling said.
One person he doesn’t have to convince is Steve Martin.
Mr Martin is the president of the Orange Cycle Club and he has been an obvious supporter of the upgrade at Orange velodrome.
Last week work began on improving the safety of the facility.
They’re minor upgrades to begin with, but repairs to the lower metre of the track and duck board will ensure a sealed one-metre wide and 50 millimetre deep hot mix layer helps to improve the standard of the track.
“That’s the main thing, the safety concern with the area,” Mr Martin said.
The cost of the project is split 50-50 between council and NSW Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Program.
“This work will make it a lot safer. It’s not a permanent fix, it’s a mid-term fix until hopefully we get enough funding to completely re-do the area.”
It’s the first in a line of work set to begin in the city.
Designs for the Jack Brabham clubhouse will begin in the next month.
Integrated Design Group will meet with council staff to refine the design brief and develop preliminary concepts for review with the aim of presenting the concepts to the user groups in late November.
Skate parks are also in play.
Council is developing a quotation brief to engage consultants to undertake site analysis for an Anzac Park bowl while the portable skate park used for testing across three sites will find a more permanent home at Glenroi Oval.
Council staff have allocated $30,000 towards the construction of the small skate park, with Revolution Action Sports Concepts to undertake this project.
The Orange District Junior Cricket Association is still waiting on the final stages of funding for its indoor training facility at Wade Park, while a new scoreboard and fence was originally in the ground’s master plan but a timeline on those projects is yet to be finalised.
Cr Hamling was confident council was doing its bit to help improve the standard of sporting facilities in Orange.
“You only have to look at the grants, we’ve bumped it up to $100,000 this year,” he said.
“It’s about going into a partnership with sporting groups. Council isn’t a bottomless pit of money. I like to see dollar for dollar partnerships.”
The rectangular field project is in its infancy, but Cr Hamling was equally excited about its potential.
“I’m just happy people are talking about it.”