Apr 15, 2010

Orange gets cultural and economic boost with new infrastructure

Orange gets cultural and economic boost with new infrastructure

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 15 2010

Doug Cameron, Senator for New South Wales, joined the Orange community today to celebrate the opening of the extended Orange Regional Conservatorium and seven other important local infrastructure projects.

These projects have been completed in addition to the Yarrawong Childcare Centre extensions opened by Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, in November.

Mr Albanese said the Rudd Labor Government provided $875,000 for the nine projects to the Orange City Council from our $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

“The RLCIP is a key part of the Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term,” Mr Albanese said.

“Importantly, during construction, six jobs were created through the Conservatorium project alone, providing a boost to the local economy.”

Senator Cameron said the Conservatorium upgrade involved replacing the auditorium flooring and seating to improve useability and accessibility, while meeting increasing community demand. Eight additional studios have also been added at the Conservatorium for tuition and rehearsals.

“This is great news for the Conservatorium’s 870 students who will use the rehearsal spaces and for the thousands of people who visit the auditorium each year,” Senator Cameron said.

“Other completed projects include repairs to the local diving pool, an expansion of the community skate park, and an upgrade of the Orange adventure playground.”

Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country, the Rudd Labor Government is delivering more than 4,900 small and larger scale building projects like these, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

“In fact, we are making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure through the RLCIP,” Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese and Senator Cameron congratulated the Orange City Council and the local community for helping deliver these nine projects, and helping to build a stronger region for the future. A full list of completed projects follows.


Orange City Council – $875,000

  • $250,000 Orange Diving Pool repairs
  • $180,000 Yarrawong Childcare Centre extensions
  • $100,000 Orange Regional Conservatorium extensions
  • $100,000 Civic Centre double glazing
  • $100,000 Orange adventure playground upgrade
  • $50,000 Orange skate park expansion
  • $50,000 Orange footpaths / cycle ways
  • $40,000 Orange CBD seats / furniture
  • $5,000 RSPCA Animal Shelter water tank