Pavilion upgrade opens in time for annual show

The latest upgrade to the Orange Showground’s largest building, the Naylor Pavilion, will be officially opened in time for the annual Orange Show.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd, Nationals MLC Sam Farraway and Member for Orange Phil Donato will cut the ribbon on Saturday 8 May on the first day of the show.

The $600,000 project was jointly funded by:

Cr Reg Kidd, member for Orange Phil Donato and Sam Faraway MLC with Button Dunn open the new amenities at the Naylor Pavilion.

Cr Reg Kidd, member for Orange Phil Donato and Sam Faraway MLC with Button Dunn open the new amenities at the Naylor Pavilion.

  • $511,000 from the NSW Government Showground Stimulus program
  • $30,000 funding from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program
  • and Orange City Council.

The upgrade includes:

  • a large-scale commercial kitchen with internal kiosk
  • male, female and disabled toilets and showers.

Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said he was pleased the project has been completed.

“The annual show is an important date on our local calendar and I’m glad visitors to the show will be able to see the new facilities,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

“Whether it’s a farmers market or as the wet-weather back-up for a touring show like ‘The Grapes of Mirth’, the large size of the Naylor Pavilion makes it a fantastic all-year-round community venue. I’m pleased that Council can partner with the NSW Government to improve community facilities for the people of Orange.”

Nationals MLC Sam Farraway welcomed the project.

“It is great to be here at the Orange Show to officially open the Naylor Pavilion alongside Council and the Orange Show Society who have dedicated so much time and effort into this project,” Mr Faraway said.

“Orange Showground has served as a community hub since 1908 and these upgrades to the Naylor Pavilion will help keep it safe and functional for future generations.”

“Not only does the new toilet and showers amenities reduce costs for the show society as they will no longer have to fund portable toilets to service the pavilion, but along with upgrades to the canteen and kitchen they provide the ultimate venue for any event, bringing new opportunities to the Orange region.

Member for Orange Phil Donato said the upgrade would make the venue more attractive to wider range of users.

“I’m pleased to have supported the funding for the Naylor Pavilion upgrade project,” Mr Donato said.

“This new addition extends the pavilion’s functional capability and scope of use, fully realising the multi-purpose aspect of the facility for a wide-range of community events, activities and functions.

“For a rapidly growing city, there’s been a lack of large indoor facilities here in Orange. The completion of the kitchen and bathroom facilities has enhanced the Naylor pavilion, making it an attractive venue for visiting corporate events.” Mr Donato said.

The 80 metre x 33 metre Naylor Pavilion was opened in 2017.

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