Council approves arrangements for funerals at Orange Botanic Gardens

Orange Council

The Orange City Council meeting on Tuesday 3 May approved new arrangements for funerals at Orange Botanic Gardens. Here is a brief summary of key decisions from the 3 May meeting.

New plans for funerals at Botanic Gardens

New arrangements for funerals at the Orange Botanic Gardens were approved at last night’s council meeting.

After putting draft guidelines on exhibition for community comment for 28 days, the meeting decided to:

  • permit funerals, including the presence of a coffin, to be conducted at the Orange Botanic Gardens within the Lawn Area of the Native Garden Display or within the Clover Hill Function Centre with appropriate signage in place; and
  • limit the days on which funerals can be held at the Orange Botanic Gardens to weekdays only and only one funeral per day; and
  • set the fee for the conduct of funeral services at the Orange Botanic Gardens at $300 excluding GST.

Community to be asked about Function Centre’s future

The local community will be asked to take a fresh look at the future of the Orange Function Centre in Eyles Street.

A motion from Cr Tammy Greenhalgh at last night’s meeting will see the Council engage with community about the future use of the centre, as the first step towards drafting a new masterplan to guide the development of the building.

The motion also asked for an update on recent upgrades and called for information about the cost of possible future work.

The centre, first known as the Amoco Hall, was built in 1965 as a community volunteer project. It’s been operated by Orange City Council since 1990.

More coverage for community committees

New steps will begin to publicise the work of Council’s community committees.

A motion from Cr Steve Peterson passed last night asking for Council’s website to keep a publicly available updated diary of meeting dates, times and locations for community committees.

The motion also called for information to be publicised in social media channels.

Seeking names for new streets

Council will seek community suggestions for names of local people from Orange’s history with strong links to Orange whose names could be considered for the names of new streets and roads.

The motion from Cr Steve Peterson aims to provide a list which could be used when the opportunity arises. While the names of most new streets are proposed by the developers of new housing estates, Council does usually name a number of new streets each year.

New plans for indoor playground

Last night’s meeting decided to go ahead with plans to open a new temporary indoor playground during the cooler months.

The plans include a proposal to use the Indoor Tennis centre as a temporary indoor playground for Winter 2022, subject to final negotiations with the Club. The meeting also endorsed the use of the Carl Sharpe Cricket Centre in the event that the Tennis Centre option is not acceptable to the Club.

Grants approved

Last night’s meeting approved small grants to two organisations.

  • The meeting decided to provide support for the Shake, Rattle and Roll team in a Cancer Council rally.
  • The meeting also voted to provide $2,500 to the Orange Male Voice Choir to go towards the payment of honorariums to the Musical Director and Accompanist.

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