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Orange Ex-Services Club’s plan to spend more than $8 million on a clubhouse at Wentworth Golf Club was approved at the Orange City Council meeting on Tuesday evening. The proshop and a gazebo will be demolished to make way for the new building which will replace the former Wentworth Golf Club clubhouse which burned down in May 2019. The new multi-level building will contain indoor and outdoor entertainment areas for dining, lounge and games. , a new proshop with simulation rooms and a new area for carts. It will be built on the same Plowman’s Lane site that housed the old pavilion. In recommending DA approval, Council staff said “the development responds well to its surroundings and the design takes into account the sloping nature of the site”. The cost of the project is $8,342,993. Mayor Jason Hamling spoke on behalf of the motion, joking that golfers were “sick of drinking from a tin shed.” Cr Tony Mileto also came out in favor of the development, saying there were no objections, which said a lot about the project. Cr Glenn Floyd raised concerns that the new building could create too much evening light for nearby homes, but council staff said the DA met the requirements. Crs Frances Kinghorne and Tammy Greenhalgh both declared an interest and did not vote. First on Tuesday evening, councilors voted to maintain the seven policy committees. The chairs of these committees have been elected. Planning and Development will again be chaired by Cr Jeff Whitton; Employment and Economic Development remained in the hands of Cr Tony Mileto and Finance Policy will again be chaired by Cr Kevin Duffy. A number of new councilors have also served on policy committees. Infrastructure will be chaired by Cr Jack Evans while Cr Greenhalgh will chair the Sport and Recreation Policy Committee; Cr David Mallard will chair Environmental Sustainability and Cr Mel McDonell will chair the Service Policy Committee. The board also voted to maintain the same number of community committees, and chairs and representatives were elected. Council also adopted a recommendation to support the reclassification of a number of roads. This follows the reclassification of the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) from local to state in the priority cycle, effectively transferring its ownership, and therefore its maintenance costs, to the NSW Government. Cr Mileto asked when ownership of the NDR would transfer with Technical Services Manager Ian Greenham saying the date of the transfer was yet to be determined. The transfers offered are Forbes Road from the NDR to Molong Road changing from a national road to a local road while Burrendong Way from the NDR to Molong Road will also change from a national road to a local road. The Mitchell Expressway, from the southern connection at the NDR to the northern connection, which includes Bathurst Road and Summer Street, will transition from state to state. Another round of assessments is invited through February 28, with the OCC calling for the reclassification of several more routes. These include the southern feeder road from Bathurst Road to Forest Road and the yet to be constructed section from Forest Road to Woodward Street which will be upgraded from local road classification to a regional road. Reclassification from local road to regional road is also proposed for Woodward Street (from Summer St to the railway line), Clergate Road (to the boundary of the local government area) and Huntley Road and Aerodrome Road (from the Southern Feeder Road to Forest Road). The benefit of upgrading is funding, with regional roads being in the care of the council but eligible for state government maintenance and upgrading funding contributions. Cr Jeff Whitton, who attended Tuesday evening’s meeting via zoom, also asked council staff to investigate whether the NDR could be renamed in honor of the late Cr Glenn Taylor. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: TELL ME Send a letter to the editor using the form below

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