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Orange City Council meeting April 20, 2021

By April 21, 2021News

There were many items on the agenda for last night’s Orange City Council meeting including support for a jousting competition and a music festival. 

First round of funding for CBD façade upgrade

The first four projects to be funded by Orange City Council under the Future City Assistance fund were approved at last night’s meeting.

A proposal to provide grants to four building owners to contribute to the costs of restorations, will be put on exhibition for community comment.

The four are:

  • Bensons Café building $4,622
  • Sheer Radiance Building $3,887
  • Anson Street Plaza $5,000
  • Signature Travel building $3,945

The grants are the first step in a three year program worth almost $200,000.

Support for Jousting in Orange

Last night’s meeting decided to support plans to hold the World Jousting Championships in Orange in 2022 and 2023.

The proposal to provide $20,000 each year for two years will be put on exhibition for community comment.

Events sponsorship

Last night’s council meeting voted to allocate funds to two local events.

The meeting voted to provide $10,000 to the Orange Show Society for the Orange Show 2021 Event. $3,000 will be donated to the Orange Running Festival Inc. for the 2021 Limited Edition Orange Running Festival Event.

Music Festival

Plans to host the Squeeze Music Festival in Orange in 2022 were considered at last night’s meeting.

The meeting voted to exhibit $10,000 funding and hire fees to Chugg Entertainment Pty Ltd for 2022 Squeeze Music Festival, one of a number of live music events to be held across Australia next year.

Squeeze Music Festival will be headlined by Lime Cordiale, with 4 support acts and an additional act sourced from the local region. Pending the then COVID-19 NSW Health Orders, the event can cater for up to 6,000 people.

Streets to close for Anzac Day

Robertson Park on Remembrance Day in 2020

Summer St will close for part of Anzac Day this year, despite the march being held in Byng St.

Last night’s meeting approved plans proposed by the Anzac Day organisers and local police.

The meeting decided to close four streets for the Dawn Service – 5.30am and 7.30am and Main Service – 10.00am to 12.30pm on Sunday 25 April.

The streets to close are:

  • Summer Street between Peisley Street and Anson Street
  • Byng Street between Peisley Street and Anson Street
  • Lords Place between Byng Street and Summer Street
  • McNamara Street between Byng Street and Summer Street.

The dawn service will begin at 6.30 this year instead of 5.30 due to COVID arrangements.

The march will start at the Orange ex-services club and proceed down Byng St to Robertson Park.

For COVID reasons this is a ticketed event with tickets available from the Ex Services Club or  online at

Anniversary plans

A string of events are being floated to mark two key anniversaries for the Orange community.

2021 marks the 175th anniversary of the proclamation of Orange as a village in 1846 and the 75th anniversary of Orange becoming a city in 1946.

The suggestion for events include:

  • Street banners
  • Pictorials in newspapers
  • Civic Reception/Dinner
  • Promotional material
  • Old city flag display
  • Social media community photography and story challenge
  • 175Y: Orange festival
  • Future Tunes
  • Sound The Bells
  • Commemorative Tree Planting


A draft Lake Canobolas Master plan will be placed on exhibition for community comment.

A draft DCP for the Eastside precinct will be placed on exhibition for community comment.

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