Orange now services the professional, retail and services needs of Central NSW.

To address its emerging role as the service capital of Central NSW, and a major tourism destination, the city needs to change in order to accommodate increased traffic, people and jobs.

The FutureCity strategy also acknowledges that the Orange CBD has grown beyond its original footprint and now incorporates the old DPI building in Edward St, and extends to incorporate the new DPI build on Anson St as well as all the professional businesses, health businesses, aged care services and other business operators in-between.

The FutureCity project embraces a fundamental change in the scope and neighbourhoods of the inner-city CBD.  As the city has grown, there is a need to think about how to integrate the different ‘employment precincts’ that have emerged such as :

  • the financial and professional services precinct around Robertson Park,
  • the Health and Education Employment precinct between Byng St and Dalton St, and
  • the new DPI building on Dalton St.

We need to ensure that future development is orderly and organised so that our core retail and hospitality precincts around Summer St continue to be supported to grow through increased professional and community foot traffic during the week, and visitor and community foot traffic on the weekends.

FutureCity will identify how we need to redesign traffic and people movements (freight, passenger, cyclist and pedestrian) to ensure people can move around the city easily on foot, bikes and cars, and that Orange continues to be the premier shopping and employment city in Central NSW.  It will also look at what we need to do as a community to improve connections to public spaces across the wider city, and improve walking and cycle access from surrounding suburban areas.

FutureCity will also examine who uses the city, together with and their needs and expectations.  For example, how can we support retention of young people, and attraction of students to our educational institutions, by growing the city nightlife and creating spaces and business opportunities for services targeted to this group?  What do we need to do to make the city family-friendly during the day, and also at night?  How can we better use key public spaces like Robertson Park for events and visitor attraction?

Smart Technology

In addition, we need to think about smart technology and the new ways people will use the city in the future as new technologies emerge.  For example, installing parking sensors at all public parking stations could allow people to use an app to identify the next available parking space closest to their destination.  Installing WiFi throughout the city core could allow the community to access information on events or special offers, or hold a work meeting in a park.  Introducing smart LED lighting, and renewable energy, could deliver significant savings on electricity costs and allow lights to be individually controlled for different times of the night.

Risks

This strategy will also sensibly identify a number of potential future risks for the Orange city CBD:

  • the impact of the closure of a major retailer and what retailers need to do to engage in the modern retail landscape
  • the effect of high shop rents
  • perceptions of a dated streetscape that does not reflect the dynamism, professionalism and food/wine culture of the region.

Vision

The vision for Orange’s CBD transformation is to create a place in the region for the next generation where the community and businesses will thrive. The CBD will be full of services, shops, open space, innovative businesses and cultural/recreation spaces. They will support a contemporary, intelligently enabled, growing city that respects its history, heritage, environment and visual identity. It will be a place where all residents and visitors can move safely and efficiently throughout the City.

To achieve this vision Council has appointed SJB Urban Planning to lead the community and business consultations, and develop a master plan.  You can find examples of their work here.

 

 

The Council has put aside $10 million to fund the construction following the finalisation of the master plan. The Council is submitting an application for $11,746,060 to the NSW Government to start Stage One of the infrastructure program.  The Council is waiting on a formal response from the NSW Government to this request on behalf of the people of Orange.

ComponentStatusCouncilNSW GovernmentOtherTotal
Future CityFunding application submitted (GLE)$4,726,800$11,746,060$858,550$17,331,410.00