Over the last 10 years, Orange has worked to create and upgrade a range of cultural and recreational assets for residents and visitors to the City.

Major assets in the region include:

  • The Orange Regional Gallery
  • The Orange Regional Museum
  • Orange Civic Theatre
  • Orange City Library

Orange City Council is now working on a number of projects to further enhance the future liveability of the city and improve the visitor experience. This strategy will strengthen Orange’s reputation as the premier destination in Central NSW for sports, culture and healthy living.

The list of projects include:

  • Mt Canobolas Mountain Bike Trails
  • Redevelopment of the old Scout Camp into a Sports and Recreation Precinct for school and sporting groups
  • Lake Canobolas enhancements
  • The Orange Conservatorium and Planetarium
  • Sir Jack Brabham Park
  • The new Orange Sporting Precinct (with rectangular field and grandstand.)

These initiatives are not only critical to supporting a rapidly expanding population and to enabling community health, but also to continuing to diversify Orange’s tourism offerings.

Sustaining tourism, and encouraging return visits, relies on a continuous program of events, activities and locations that encourage visitors to return again and again.  For example, regional and national sporting championships attract thousands of spectators, parents, participants and officials often for days at a time, filling our hotels, motels and other accommodation providers and directly injecting money into local retailers, cafes and restaurants.  To continue to attract this type of tourism, Orange needs to invest in providing state-of-the-art sporting venues.

Similarly, our ability to host major art exhibitions, touring symphony orchestras and other musical performances and cultural events not only meets the needs of the local community, but also attracts new visitors into the economy to stay.

Our CreativeActive Orange program targets initiatives that reflect the demands of a rapidly growing community and workforce, as well as evidence-based projects that will support continued growth in visitor attraction that brings more people into the economy to spend.


ComponentStatusCouncilNSW GovernmentOtherTotal
Mt Canobolas Mountain Biking TrailsExpression of Interest to be submitted under RGETF$1,675,000$5,025,000$858,550$6,700,000

ComponentStatusCouncilNSW GovernmentAustralian GovernmentTotal
Redevelopment of the Scout CampBusiness case to be submitted under RGETF$510,000$1,342,000$1,852,000

ComponentStatusCouncilNSW GovernmentAustralian GovernmentTotal
The Orange Conservatorium and PlanetariumBusiness case to be submitted under Regional Cultural Fund$4,000,000$5,000,000$10,000,000$19,000,000

ComponentStatusCouncilNSW GovernmentAustralian GovernmentTotal
Sir Jack Brabham Park$717,000$2,683,000$3,400,000

ComponentStatusCouncilNSW GovernmentAustralian GovernmentTotal
Orange Sporting ComplexIn development - design being considered$717,000$2,683,000circa $25 million

More Information

For more information, please contact Orange City Council on +612 6393 8000 or via email at council@orange.nsw.gov.au.