$1.46 million for Crown reserves in Orange region

Media release | 5 March 2021

Crown land reserves and community facilities in the Orange region will benefit from more than $1.46 million in funding that has been allocated for a range of local improvement projects.

Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the funding is being provided by the NSW Government under its Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

“It’s fantastic to report $1,466,823 has been secured for local projects this year under the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund program,” Mr Farraway said.

“This program is designed to help Crown Land Managers and take some of the financial pressures off of maintaining and upgrading local reserves as well as facilities located on them.

“This funding will see a diverse spread of infrastructure upgrades to reserves, sportsgrounds, showgrounds and the racecourse, as well as the maintenance of local reserves through noxious weed control.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government is providing $51.7 million from the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund this year to support 705 maintenance and upgrade projects on Crown reserves across the State.

“This year’s fund has received a $40 million boost to support communities that have been impacted by bushfires and COVID-19, to fund infrastructure improvements and support jobs for local trades and materials suppliers,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Protecting and enhancing Crown land reserves is essential for the well-being of communities and our environment, and to support recreation, tourism, business, and local economies.”

Local projects being funded include:

  • $373,700 to upgrade fire safety at Parkes Showground. Work will include installation of a fire main for water supply to fire hydrants and hose reels; sprinkler systems for the function room and grandstand; emergency lighting and exit lighting for pavilions; and outward swinging emergency exit doors for pavilions.
  • $308,570 to install a new fibreglass skin, tile and paint and remediate concrete on the concourse to renew Trundle Pool.
  • $286,000 to construct a new clubhouse, including wheelchair access at the Parkes Guns Club.
  • $171,000 to resurface six tennis courts with synthetic grass at Woodward Park.
  • $68,813 to upgrade the oval and irrigation on the Spring Hill Recreation Ground.
  • $57,970 to upgrade the kitchen facilities at the Towac Park Racecourse.
  • $41,016 to upgrade drainage across the Northparkes, Pioneer and Spicer Ovals precinct to protect assets including a sport equipment storage shed and pathways which are being impacted during storms.
  • $33,843 to construct an outdoor camp kitchen on the Calarie Recreation Reserve.
  • $30,000 to install a chemical shed and work room on the Forbes Golf Club.
  • $29,590 to replace a section of the boundary fence of the Parkes Racecourse.
  • $28,222 to provide a new water main from Bogan Gate Township to Bogan Gate Showground, Racecourse Reserve and Bogan Gate Golf Club.
  • $20,000 to control invasive weeds on the Ophir Crown Land Reserve.
  • $9,130 to remove a tree on the Bloomfield Hall Community Centre.
  • $8,369 to control Hawthorn plant on the Black Sallee Reserve.
  • $600 to control weeds in the Spring Hill area.

Local residents with Upper House MP Sam Farraway at Parkes Showground

Local residents with Upper House MP Sam Farraway at Parkes Showground