Here are some highlights of decisions from the 6 October Council meeting.
Residents to enjoy two weekend reprieve from water restrictions
Orange residents will enjoy a two weekend break from water restrictions following a decision by last night’s Council meeting.
Last night’s meeting approved a motion from Crs Glenn Taylor and Jeff Whitton to ease the current Permanent Water Saving Standards for two weekends only. (9/10 October and 16/17 October) for residents to Spring-clean external household hard surfaces (e.g. windows, garage, floors).
All of Council’s water supply dams are currently overtopping and, the meeting heard , it is an ideal time to implement the annual clean. Council will promote the use of water-efficient high-pressure sprays for cleaning external surfaces.
Next two façade projects on exhibition for comment
Proposals to upgrade the facades of two CBD buildings will be placed on exhibition for community comment.
Last night’s meeting considered the next two buildings to benefit from the next round of Orange City Council’s Future City Assistance Fund.
The two projects to be exhibited for community comment are:
- Financial assistance of $1,805.00 (ex-GST) to the Greek Community of Orange & District to refurbish the façade of their building used for church services and community gatherings at 46 McNamara Street.
- Financial assistance of $5,000.00 (ex GST) to the 2nd Orange Scout Group to refurbishment the façade of their Scout Hall at 94 Kite Street.
Wet weather prompts extra spending on road repairs
Council road crews will be bringing forward $100,000 of road repairs following heavy rain over the winter. Last night’s Council meeting heard that the heavy rain had caused water tables to rise, damaging road pavements across Orange.
The meeting heard that, on top of repairs already begun, selected heavy patching would be required on high priority roads including Forest Road, Huntley Road, Racecourse Road, Leeds Parade, Beasley Road and Coronation Drive. This would be the subject of future budget considerations for Council.
Using funding worth $100,000 from the Transport for NSW Regional Road Block Grant, Council crews will be carrying out urgent patching works on Forest Road between Aerodrome Road and Beasley Road.
Planning decisions: New hotel, construction headquarters approved
Last night’s meeting approved plans for a $4.3 million hotel and retail development in Lords Place.
The Development proposal is to demolish part of the former Australia Cinema building at 183 Lords Place, and involves plans to build a new hotel/motel with 31 accommodation rooms over three levels, a hotel reception, kiosk/café and function room at ground level, as well as retail shopfronts onto Lords Place.
Last night’s meeting approved plans for the construction of a $2.8 million multi storey building, as a new base for the AWCON construction company. The building at 68-70 Peisley Street would include four offices and 22 serviced apartments. The apartments are designed to be self-sufficient to cater for short and long-term corporate stays and tourist and visitor accommodation.