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​Howzat! $2.2M indoor cricket centre for Orange

Issued: Monday, 31 October 2016

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Orange will become a centre of cricketing excellence, with the NSW Government allocating $1 million towards a $2.2 million state-of–the-art indoor cricket centre.
The new Indoor Cricket and Community Centre at Wade Park will be a partnership between the Government, Orange City Council and Cricket NSW.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant joined Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones, Mayor of Orange John Davis and Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry to announce the project will proceed.

“When I first heard of this proposal, I was hit for six – what a great way to foster the future greats of regional cricket, in the steps of Donald Bradman,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government is very proud to give our current and next generation of cricketers a training facility that will give them every chance of a crack at wearing the baggy green.”

“That’s not all - this centre will provide netball and soccer facilities and a community centre that will be an attraction for all of Orange.”
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said he is delighted the pitch for the new facility has been successful in gaining the $1 million Government funding from the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS scheme that supports local communities.
The remainder is funded by Cricket NSW, Cricket Australia and Orange City Council, as well as a previous $50,000 grant from the State Government.
“This project is part of our Cricket & Community Centre strategy to develop 26 first-class quality indoor training facilities at key cricket locations across NSW,” Mr Jones said.
“Orange is one of 12 priority locations identified across regional NSW and we commend Orange City Council on being the first regional council to take up the opportunity.
“The Orange facility will serve as a centre of excellence for the local cricket community and representative teams all year round.”
Currently, Orange does not have indoor cricket facilities and cricketers have limited access to training facilities during the winter months.
The centre will include a high-performance cricket area with training lanes for junior and senior cricketers and monitors for video playback to assist training.
There will be multi-purpose indoors sports courts and the modular community centre will include change rooms, male, female and disabled amenities, office space for sporting administrators, canteen area, classroom/meeting room, gym and outdoor seating area.
The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
Nationals Candidate for Orange Scott Barrett said Orange, as an important regional hub, deserved quality indoor sporting facilities to foster regional talent.
“As a kid playing cricket for Bowen Central and Orange Public School I could have only dreamed of having access to facilities like this. I am excited our current and future cricketers will have greater support in achieving their dreams.”