The future of Orange’s central business district is happening now.
Orange City Council is calling on community representatives to help shape that future.
Recently, Council engaged architects SBJ, to design a detailed blue-print for our FutureCity.
SJB have significant experience in urban design including projects in Ballarat, Newcastle, Castle Hill and Parramatta.
As part of the design work, SJB will work with a reference group comprised of members appointed by the Council to represent the diversity of the Orange community to be a sounding board and test audience for ideas.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said SJB would work with the feedback from last year’s community-wide consultation, which formed the basis for the community strategic plan, as well as feedback provided to Council’s YourSay Orange website regarding the CBD upgrade.
“I want to thank the community once again for providing such honest and constructive feedback during the post council election Where To Next community conversation,” Cr Kidd.
“Without your feedback and commitment to improving our wonderful city, we wouldn’t be in such a good place, in terms of planning, we are now.
“We are calling on members of the community to form a key group as we take the next steps.
“We want this group to represent an array of demographics and interests. We want representatives of school children, young adults, families and older residents.
“We want people who can represent different industry sectors, as well as people from diverse backgrounds.
“There is a selection criteria we want all potential members to meet in order to get the best representation for everyone in our community.
“This is your city, this is your CBD.
“Be part of the future.”
Expression of Interest for the reference group is open, and will close on Friday February 8 at 5pm.
“The project is already gaining ground.
“We are getting organised to show funding authorities we are committed to economic growth and we are ready for the future.”
People wanting to join the representative group need to address the following criteria in a submission to Council.
- Be a trusted and active member of a broad range of formal and informal networks.
- Be willing to act as an ambassador for the FutureCity initiative and be willing to continuously engage with your networks throughout the planning process
- Be confident to speak up and contribute ideas and constructive criticism in the interests of the community as a whole
- Have time and availability to attend meetings every two to three weeks, of about two to three hours duration, and complete any pre-reading tasks, over the next two months (special consideration will be given to applicants for whom this is difficult, such as school children, if the applicant is able to represent a key network)
- Be committed to the economic growth and prosperity of Orange and community and economic growth and development
Please write a short submission of about 300 words addressing the above criteria and email the submission to [email protected]
Please be as specific as possible what groups and networks you are able to represent. A network may not be a formal group but may be a professional network, trade network or similar group of people.
Places on the reference party are strictly limited and it is possible it may be heavily subscribed. Council’s goal is to have a broad cross-section of the community represented and therefore, some applications may not be selected for this stage of the project.