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Current Projects

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What’s the council been working on?

This page contains a once-a-month update on the current projects that Orange City Council has been working on.

This information is taken from a report prepared for each month’s council meeting. This update was taken from the report to the 1 November 2022 Council Meeting.

You can also contribute to key projects on our Your Say site.

Road Maintenance

  • Ongoing rain events have continued to damage road pavements throughout the Council area. Comparative figures for road patching this year and the same period last year are:
    Year Period Amount of cold mix asphalt laid by hand Rainfall for the period.
    2021 1 July to 15 Oct 125 tonnes 340mm
    2022 1 July to 15 Oct 137 tonnes 404mm

    Road Upgrading
    Aerodrome Road

  • Council staff installed further drainage lines to help get water away from the proposed area of road upgrade adjacent to the Airport.

Concrete and Drainage Maintenance

Footpath Construction


Work has commenced or continued on new footpaths and footpath reconstructions at:

  • Byng Street – Hill to Sale Street, outside Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School

Works were completed on new footpaths and footpath reconstructions at:

  • Byng Street – Park Street to Byng Street.

Traffic Facilities

Council crews and contractors took advantage of the recent school holidays to install a raised platform at the existing school crossing on Byng Street, between Park and Seymour Streets.  This crossing will get a marked pedestrian crossing and lighting upgrades. The works were nominated by the adjacent St Mary’s primary school through the Safety Around Schools programme funded by Transport for NSW.

Other Major Projects

Lake Canobolas Water and Sewer

This project proposes to construct a new water main from Orange to Lake Canobolas to improve water quality and also construct a sewer main from Lake Canobolas back to Orange to cater for future higher use and improve environmental outcomes by removing septic systems from the Molong Dam water catchment.

On 18 October 2022, Council considered tenders for the project and endorsed a recommendation to enter into a contract with Utilstra Pty Ltd (Utilstra) to undertake the works.  The contract with Utilstra has not been executed as yet. Within the next six weeks, it is proposed to advertise the Request for Tender for the associated sewer pump station to be located at Lake Canobolas.

East Orange Harvesting Wetlands
(Blackman’s Swamp Creek Stormwater Harvesting Stage 2)

This project, which is designed to provide an offline storage on Blackman’s Swamp Creek to increase the city’s water supply secure yield, had been experiencing a delay due to a refusal of Council’s Water Supply Works Approval (under the Water Management Act 2000) application by the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR).

This refusal predominantly revolves around the interpretation of a weir and its legality under the Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie-Bogan Unregulated Water Sources 2012 as it was deemed to be an in-river dam and not permitted.

Following the amendments to the Water Sharing Plan for the Macquarie-Bogan Unregulated Water Sources 2012 to exclude a water supply work to be used for town water supply purposes by a local water utility, Council has now made a new application to DPE for a Water Supply Works Approval.

Sewerage Treatment Plant Inlet Works

A contract has been executed with Precision Civil Infrastructure Pty Ltd.  It is anticipated that the contractor will be established on-site before the end of October.

Future City – Lords Place South

Following the decision by Council to proceed with the project on 18 October 2022, works commenced with the removal of eight trees on 19 October 2022 and the removal of the deck near Colvin Lane on the 20 October 2022. The saw cutting of the asphalt pavement and the removal of tree stumps will now occur along with the installation of underground services including power, drainage and water.

Subject to weather, it is anticipated that the new 22 trees will be installed by the beginning of December along with two new decks. To minimise the impacts on Christmas trade, no significant construction works are proposed to occur during December.

Water & Sewer Construction Work

Clergate Road Water Main Renewal

Works have been completed on the first part of the water main renewal of Clergate Road with the 450mm road crossings completed and the three of the four mains connects completed. Works will continue when the trees are removed from the western side of the road.  The remaining scope of works have gone back out for fresh tenders.

Lords Place Water mains renewal

Works are commencing on the 150mm water main installation on Lords Place. These works are to renew the existing 100mm water main with a 150mm water main as part of the Lords Place upgrade.

Sieben Drive Sewerage Pump Station

Work on the Sieben Drive Pump Station is nearing completion with the pump station structure complete and commissioned. Council is currently awaiting electrical connection works to be completed for the project to be finalised.

Upgrade of March Road Sewerage Pump Station

Council has purchased a generator for the emergency operations for the March Road Sewer Pump Station. Works are currently underway on the REF assessment.

Water Services

  • Installation of new water services at the following locations:
    • New 20mm water service and meters – 58 Matthews Avenue
    • New 20mm water service and meters – 60 Matthews Avenue
    • New 32mm water service – 2-6 Bathurst Road
    • New hydrant and 32mm water service installation – 6 McNeilly Avenue
    • 50mm water meter installation – Bletchington Public School

    Water service renewal at the following locations:

    • 20mm water service renewal – 112 Spring Street

    Sieben Drive Sewerage Pump Station

    Works are nearing completion for the Sieben Drive Sewer Pump Station site with concreting works around the site complete and landscaping to follow. Council is currently assessing quotations for an Electrical Substation for the site.

    Upgrade of March Road Sewerage Pump Station

    Quotations have been received for REF and Emergency Generator. These are currently under assessment.