23 November, 2020
A $100,000 grant from the Australian Government has seen the installation of almost 700 new grandstand seats at the much-loved Wade Park under the Community Development Grants program.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee was delighted with the result when he inspected the seating on Monday with Mayor of Orange, Councillor Reg Kidd and Councillor, Jason Hamling.
“Wade Park has been Orange’s sporting hub for many years,” Mr Gee said.
“As the nurturing ground for some of our country’s best athletes, this facility goes to the heart and soul of the Orange community. It also plays host to legendary events such as the Blowes Cup,” Mr Gee said.
“A great game of footy or cricket will be made even better thanks to this fantastic new seating.
“The seats will get their first real test during the Ten Rugby League local derby in May next year,” Mr Gee said.
Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd has welcomed the installation of 698 new grandstand seats.
“It’s amazing how much the new seats give the old grandstand a major lift. Alongside the installation of new seats, the Council has taken up the opportunity of installing some new hand-rails and having some painting done as well.”
“The modern, flip-up seating is so much more convenient for both spectators and cleaners to move in-between seats.
“It’s good to be working in partnership with the Australian Government to improve the quality of key sporting facilities in Orange,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “Wade Park is Orange’s main sporting venue and the grandstand plays an important role for spectators at sporting events.”
Orange City Council Sports and Recreation Committee Chair Cr Jason Hamling said he’s looking forward to watching some of Orange’s biggest sporting events from the grandstand.
“There’s nothing like the atmosphere of a big crowd here at Wade Park on the day of a big game,” Cr Jason Hamling said. “After an interrupted football season this year due to COVID, I can imagine the feeling next May when CYMS and Hawks run out in the local derby. There’ll be hundreds of local league fans cheering here in the grandstand.”
“We’re almost ready to open the new cricket centre next to the grandstand. It all makes Wade Park a centre of sport in Orange.”
“I was pleased to see the previous seats go to a new home. Council asked local sports clubs to put up their hand if they would like any of the old seats.
“It turned out they were given to the Orange City Rugby Club, Orange City Bowling Club, Orange and District Cricket Association, Orange and District Pistol Club and Cowra Rugby Club.
“They originally came from SCG about 15 years ago and it’s good they’ve been kept out of landfill and found a new home.”