Bloomfield Private Hospital
Construction has commenced for the new Bloomfield Private Hospital as part of the $54 million hospital health and retail precinct. The 82 room motel will feature 12 medical suites, short and medium term accommodation for hospital staff and students, and a lodge / hostel for patients and their families.
Other features flagged include childcare facilities, gymnasium, retail, cancer care facilities, allied health facilities (such as pathology, radiology and pharmacy) along with a GP clinic and specialist’s rooms. An allocation of 803 car parking spaces has also been provided.
The new hospital will significantly increase the capacity of the health sector in Orange and ensure that medical professionals are attracted to the region with an expected growth of 500 full-time equivalent staff when fully operational once the flow-on impacts are taken into account. It will also expand the potential patient cohort for research, clinical training and clinical trials.
Murray Darling Medical School
Charles Sturt University has received Commonwealth funding for the Murray Darling Medical School, which will complement the research and clinical training activities of University of Sydney, University of Newcastle and University of Wollongong already undertaken in the region in relation to rural and regional general and mental health.
A strong university sector will ensure that more research is done in Orange, which will in turn increase the opportunity for the spin out of health and life sciences SMEs. In addition, it will ensure a home-grown workforce that will be required as the Orange Life Science Precinct matures.
Orange Main Street Project
Orange’s main street is receiving a major facelift as part of the OC FutureCity Project which embraces a fundamental change in how the CBD is organised through the development of integrated economic activation precincts.
The project identifies the requirement to redesign traffic and people movements (freight, passenger, cyclist and pedestrian) and the associated enabling infrastructure, and improved connection of public spaces across the wider Orange City. OC FutureCity CBD incorporates a Business and Professional Services Precinct, a Retail and Hospitality Precinct Integration, and a Culture and Creativity Corridor.
The vision for Orange’s CBD transformation is to create a place in the region for the next generation where the community and businesses will thrive. The CBD will be full of services, shops, open space, innovative businesses and cultural/recreation spaces for a contemporary, intelligently enabled, growing city that respects its history, heritage, environment and visual identity.
2020 DPI Head Office Relocation in Orange
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is set to have a new head office in Orange’s CBD, housing up to 700 staff by 2020, providing a long-term boost for the economy.
The modern, three-storey, energy-efficient facility will be built on the old Orange Base Hospital site, helping to revitalise a key part of the city.
The move is thought to be one of the most significant projects to-date to decentralise government services and should create around 220 full-time jobs during construction alone. It has been estimated the project will provide in excess of a $30 million boost to the local economy.
The new building will also house staff from Local Land Services along with the Departments of Industry, Premier & Cabinet, and Planning & Environment, pumping tens of millions of dollars directly into regional economies.
Construction commenced in early 2019 and the site is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
Orange CBD’s Ophir Carpark is set for an upgrade under the OC FutureCity Project with the construction of a multi-story carpark. The upgrade will support increased traffic to the nearby retail and business precinct.
Orange City Council is inviting Expressions of Interest from interested parties for the purchase and redevelopment of the property known as Ophir Car Park located in Orange, in Central West NSW.
The property is situated in a prime CBD location, within one block from Orange’s main street, on the corner of Lords Place and Kite Streets. These streets have significant traffic flow and serve as feeders for Orange’s main shopping precinct as well as being used as a “main street bypass” for local traffic.
This 11,000m², flat land parcel is ideally situated with multiple development options. There is the potential for it to be developed as a thriving new retail and office complex, mixed use centre with entertainment facility, or motel or serviced apartment accommodation in the heart of the city.
The proposed development opportunity is surrounded by a range of services for Orange locals and tourists alike with cafes and restaurants, national brand retail, franchises and boutiques and bulky goods retail shopping, government and community services, business services, banking and financial services, parks, schools, gardens and recreation all within walking distance.
Current uses adjacent to the site on the surrounding corners are a 24-hour gym, a pharmacy supermarket and state government agencies. To the north and opposite on Kite Street is the main entrance and exit to main shopping centre and car park and adjoin to the south of the property a motorcycle dealership and a telecommunications infrastructure facility.
Residential Housing Growth
The Orange Region is ready to grow with new residential land for sale in Blayney, Cabonne and Orange in response to strong demand.
Blayney has launched Steatfeild Close with 14 new residential blocks close to King George Oval, Schools and the town centre. Located off 32 Plumb Street, the sale of the blocks will provide greater housing opportunities for both current and future residents to build their dream home on affordable parcels of land right near the centre of town.
The 14 blocks available range from 838m² to 1095m² and will all have access to NBN, underground power and sewage in close proximity to town centre. Civil construction works will commence in early August, and the blocks are scheduled to be ready for building at the end of 2019.
The Orange Region is situated within the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri Nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodianship of these lands, and pay our respect to the Wiradjuri people for their care and stewardship of these lands for more than 40,000 years and to the Elders of the Wiradjuri Nation past, present and future.