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Work completed on amenities upgrade at Brabham sportsfields

By October 1, 2020News, Sport

Work has been completed on new change rooms and public toilets on the western side of the Sir Jack Brabham sporting fields.

The $791,000 project includes :

OPENING: Pictured at the opening of the new amenities block are Upper House MP Sam Farraway, Orange Mayor Reg Kidd, Cr Tony Mileto and Member for Orange Phil Donato

  • 2 change rooms for up to twenty people each, which also include 2 showers and 2 toilets
  • 4 female and 4 male public toilets, as well as an accessible toilet and
  • a storage area.

The project was funded by :

  • a $550,000 grant from Round 2 of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities fund.
  • $241,000 from developer contributions to Orange City Council.

Orange City Council awarded the construction contract to local firm Renascent Regional.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said he was pleased to work in partnership with the NSW Government to deliver a boost for one of Orange’s main sporting venues.

“On the western side of the grounds, the only public toilets were built a long time ago and in a location that’s a long way from where most of the sporting activity is now centred,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

“The new building is alongside the softball diamonds and next to the fields where cricket and soccer is being played.”

Orange City Council’s Sport & Recreation Committee chair Cr Jason Hamling, is pleased at the steady improvement in the facilities offered to the sporting community at the Brabham sporting fields.

“At the peak of the winter sports season, hundreds of youngsters and adults can be found at Brabham, and the quality of what’s offered to make that sporting experience even better is steadily improving,” Cr Jason Hamling. “As well as the new amenities block, it’s good to see the new under-cover, mini tiered seating stands in place alongside each of the football fields.”

“The old toilet buildings at Brabham are looking very tired, and this new building will bring us up to scratch with facilities for athletes with disabilities. “

Member for Orange Phil Donato MP supported the application for funding for this project and welcomed the opening of the new amenities.

“This is a critical piece of infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities playing sport in our local area,” Phil Donato said. “No longer will players or spectators of all ages and all abilities have to walk several hundred metres to access the closest toilet amenities.”

“Investment in our local sporting infrastructure is so important when it comes to lifting the standards of facilities in the Orange electorate. Sport is part of the social fabric of our community; it’s great for physical fitness and for mental health.”

Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway MLC said that these new amenities are an example of the community-focused projects the Stronger Country Communities Fund delivers across regional NSW.

UPGRADE: The accessible toilet includes a electronic hoist, change-table shower and toilet. Council staff member Roxanne Betts shows the new equipment to Cr Tony Mileto and Upper House MP Sam Farraway.

This new amenities block is not only in a more convenient location but also provide better access for people with different levels of ability and a safer place for players of all ages to use change rooms and toilet facilities,” Mr Farraway said.

“Sport is vital to our regional communities and by making the sporting experience even more enjoyable for players and their families, hopefully more people will get involved in local competitions across all codes.

“It is great to see the NSW Government work alongside Orange City Council to deliver yet another project that will boost the local sporting community.”

The new facilities have been completed in time for the start of the softball and cricket seasons. The building will have an automatic timer to ensure it is open for weekend sporting events.

The project also includes construction of a 2.5 metre wide concrete path from Forest Road between the softball diamonds providing wheelchair access to the amenities building.

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