ORANGE City Council has used the success of the Sir Neville Howse Stadium at Anzac Park as an example of a positive project for other council areas to follow.
A group of Wagga City Council staff and councillors travelled to Orange last week to meet with PCYC and Orange City Council staff and learn from their experiences when building the sports stadium. They also discussed the joint arrangement with the PCYC, which manages the facility.
The $7 million stadium, including four indoor basketball/netball courts and a gymnastics area, opened on time and under-budget in July 2009.
Orange City Council sport and recreation co-ordinator Ben Keegan said representatives from other councils often travelled to other areas to learn from each other.
“It’s always a great opportunity to discuss some of the issues that other local government areas are facing,” he said.
“The facility is operating really well and we’re extremely happy with the way things are going.
“The events we’ve been able to attract have been fantastic.”
Work on a $200,000, 109 space extension of the sealed car park at the rear of the stadium began last week.
Mr Keegan said work was expected to take a month subject to weather.
The council’s stormwater harvesting program had been another piece of infrastructure that had attracted attention from other councils, Mr Keegan said.
Wagga City Council visited the stadium as part of preparations to redevelop its older-style two-court stadium.