Here is a summary of key decisions taken at the 5 July Council meeting.
New gym for Leeds Parade
Last night’s Council meeting gave planning approval for a new gymnasium proposed for a site on Leeds Parade. The proposal is for a $3.3 million development of 1600m2 open plan gym for ‘Planet Fitness’ along with a 100-space car park. It’s proposed the gym would operate 24 hours a day Monday to Friday and 7am to 7pm on weekends. The proposed gym building would be located at the eastern end of the development site fronting 185 Leeds Parade.
Airport passenger numbers reach new high
The volume of passengers using Orange Regional Airport continues to grow, with the latest figures for May this year, setting a new record.
8240 passengers took flights through the airport in May this year, beating the previous monthly record (8071) set in October 2019.
Three airlines, Regional Express, Link Airways (formerly Fly Corporate) and QantasLink are now using the airport. Both flight and passengers number are now returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Passenger numbers during May 2022 (8240) increased from 6936 in May last year.
Leaf crew busy this Autumn
A council crew has been busy over the season collecting fallen leaves from local streets.
The crew uses a truck-mounted vacuum to siphon leaves from gutters across the city.
Over a three month period, more than 60 tonnes of leaves have been collected and added to the food and garden waste from green-lidded bins to be turned into compost.
Council approves plans for heritage house
Last night’s Council meeting approved plans for a renovation of a house in a heritage zone in Kite Street.
The DA was initially considered at a meeting on 7 June when the Council decided to defer a decision until Councillors had made a site inspection. The site visit happened on 10 June.
Under the proposal, the rear part of the building the rear skillion and garage would be demolished and an extension would be built containing internal and external living areas, a detached garage, carport and pool. It is also proposed to restore the front and side verandahs. The removal of a tree at the rear of the house was opposed by owners of the neighbouring property.
During COVID Council relaxed the hours under which construction could take place. For this approval it goes back to pre-COVID rules and work must be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturdays and no work on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Council approves small grants
Last night’s meeting approved a number of small grants including, including:
- $2000 for the Bowen Residents’ Action Group to support the Bowen Community Technology Centre.
- $392.15 ‘in-kind’ support from the Orange Legacy Appeals Funds to hang Legacy banners on city flag poles in Summer and Anson Streets during Legacy Week (29 August – 1 September 2022).
- $1200 for Pinnacle Dragons Abreast Dragon Boat group (members are breast cancer survivors and supporters) for their ‘Too Busy Living – After Cancer’ forum on the 24 September 2022.
- $1500 for The Shepherd Centre for their “Talk Together Connection” program, an online program helping children with hearing loss to learn to listen and speak.
- $2500 for the City of Orange Brass Band to support the community service they provide, including support with their ongoing conductor honorarium.
A request for $2000 for Teach Learn Grow’s Rural Program that will coordinate groups of volunteer university students to visit Glenroi Heights Public School to provide tailored one-on-one tutoring and mentoring in mathematics or STEAM subjects (week of 5 December 2022) was deferred. The Council will write to the NSW Education Minister asking that the Government consider funding programs such as this.
Council to assist with shop front upgrade
A shop front in Summer Street is the latest to be upgraded under the Council’s FutureCity grants program.
Last night’s meeting decided to provide funding from the Future City Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance of $400.00 to upgrade the facade of the Bobbies Clothing building at 176 Summer Street, Orange.