Infrastructure Policy Committee




1 June 2021



Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 that an Infrastructure Policy Committee meeting of ORANGE CITY COUNCIL will be held in the Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Byng Street, Orange on  Tuesday,
1 June 2021



David Waddell

Chief Executive Officer


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Infrastructure Policy Committee                                                                  1 June 2021



1                Introduction.. 3

1.1            Declaration of pecuniary interests, significant non-pecuniary interests and less than significant non-pecuniary interests. 3

2                General Reports. 5

2.1            Current Works. 5


Infrastructure Policy Committee                                                                  1 June 2021

1       Introduction

1.1     Declaration of pecuniary interests, significant non-pecuniary interests and less than significant non-pecuniary interests

The provisions of Chapter 14 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (the Act) regulate the way in which Councillors and designated staff of Council conduct themselves to ensure that there is no conflict between their private interests and their public role.

The Act prescribes that where a member of Council (or a Committee of Council) has a direct or indirect financial (pecuniary) interest in a matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council (or Committee), that interest must be disclosed as soon as practicable after the start of the meeting and the reasons given for declaring such interest.

As members are aware, the provisions of the Local Government Act restrict any member who has declared a pecuniary interest in any matter from participating in the discussion or voting on that matter, and requires that member to vacate the Chamber.

Council’s Code of Conduct provides that if members have a non-pecuniary conflict of interest, the nature of the conflict must be disclosed. The Code of Conduct also provides for a number of ways in which a member may manage non pecuniary conflicts of interest.


It is recommended that Committee Members now disclose any conflicts of interest in matters under consideration by the Infrastructure Policy Committee at this meeting.


Infrastructure Policy Committee                                                                  1 June 2021



2       General Reports

2.1     Current Works

RECORD NUMBER:       2021/1056

AUTHOR:                       Ian Greenham, Director Technical Services    




The purpose of this report is to update Council on construction and maintenance works which have been carried out since the last current works report to Council.

Link To Delivery/OPerational Plan

The recommendation in this report relates to the Delivery/Operational Plan strategy “9.1 Preserve - Construct and maintain a road network meets the community’s transport and infrastructure needs”.

Financial Implications


Policy and Governance Implications




That the information provided in the report on Current Works be acknowledged.


further considerations

Consideration has been given to the recommendation’s impact on Council’s service delivery; image and reputation; political; environmental; health and safety; employees; stakeholders and project management; and no further implications or risks have been identified.


Road Maintenance

Road maintenance activities have progressed across the city including the gravel road grading programme.

Road Upgrading

Southern Feeder Road Stage 3

Work on the eastern end of the Southern Feeder Road has progressed to the future intersection with the old Dairy Creek Road near Bathurst Road. At the time of writing this report, the contractor was preparing the road for sealing and asphalt works to allow for this part of the road to be reopened to the highway using the old Dairy Creek Road.  Works will then focus on the new intersection at Bathurst Road.

Photo: Construction of the intersection at the old Dairy Creek Road


Phoenix Mine Road

Widening works have been completed and safety barriers installed.

Photo: Completed widening and safety barrier – Phoenix Mine Road

Forest Road Upgrade – Spring Terrace

Works to undertake reconstruction and widening have now been completed.

Photo: Completed road upgrading and intersection works – Forest Road at Evergreen Lane

Lone Pine Avenue and Wakeford Street Road upgrading

The foamed bitumen stabilisation of the existing road pavement and asphalt surfacing has now been completed. 


Traffic Facilities

Kearneys Drive Blister Islands

Works at this intersection have now been completed.


Photo: Traffic and pedestrian facility at Matthews Avenue and Kearneys Drive

Concrete and Drainage

Footpath Construction

Work has commenced or continued on new footpaths at:

·    Molong Road between Burrendong Way and the pedestrian refuge crossing point.

·    Peisley Street between Margaret Street and Phillip Street

·    Prince Street between Woodward Street and Sampson Street

Carpark at corner March and Peisley Streets

Council staff commenced work on creating a concrete carpark on the northern end of the block that formerly contained the old Williams building.



The type and number of water supply service responses by maintenance staff are shown in the table below.


July 2019 – June 2020

April 2021

Water - Leak (Meter)



Water Request - Meters Faulty (incorrect readings)



Water - No Water Supply



Water - Pressure



Water Request - Replace Meter box/lid



Water quality - Dirty



Water - Burst Main



Water - leak (Main, Valve, Hydrant)



Total Water Requests




Construction Works

CBD Water Main Renewal / Upgrades

Works are continuing on the Water Main Upgrade in Lords Street between Summer Street and Byng Street and in Byng Street between Lords Place and Peisley Street. Works are nearing completion on the Lords Place section water main renewal with all customers connected to the new water main.

Water Service

·    New Water Service to 36 Winter Street.



The type and number of sewer service responses by maintenance staff are shown in the table below.



July 2019 – June 2020

April 2021

Sewer Choke - Blockages



Sewer Complaint - Odour



Sewer Complaint - Overflow



Total Sewer Requests




Sewer Construction Works

Sewer Inspection Program

Council is currently undertaking an inspection program of the Sewerage network. This involves inspecting 2.5% of the Sewer Reticulation Network (<250mm Dia) and 5% of the Sewer Trunk Networks (>300mm Dia). This program is currently 40% Complete.


Sewer Reconstruction

·    20 South Terrace Sewer connection reconstruction



Water Storage Levels

Water storage trends for the combined storages from 16 March 2018 to 14 May 2021 are shown in the graph below.



Level Below Spillway (mm)

% of Capacity

Suma Park Dam



Spring Creek Dam



Lake Canobolas



Gosling Creek Dam





Supplementary Raw Water Sources

Extractions from the supplementary raw water supplies in recent months are provided in the table below.


Raw Water Source

February 2021 (ML)

March 2021 (ML)

April 2021 (ML)

Total (ML) 2020/2021











Macquarie River










* Bores include two at Clifton Grove and two at the Showground/Margaret Street

A more detailed monthly summary of raw water transfers can be found on Council’s website at

The Decision Support Tool (DST) quarterly review was conducted on 23 April 2021 for the next quarter. The forecast continues to predict neutral conditions. Opportunity has been taken to service both of the Macquarie River extraction pumps. The Clifton Grove bores are also not available for the remainder of the water year due to upgrades.

NSW Planning has completed a detailed review of the final Independent Environmental Audit Report on the Macquarie Pipeline project approval. In accordance with NSW Planning’s process, Council will provide a copy of the Audit Report on Council’s website by 4 June.

Macquarie River Flows

The flows for the period 21 April to 18 May 2021 in the Macquarie River monitored downstream of Long Point (Station 421192) are presented below. Flow rates were above the extraction trigger value of 108 ML/d for the period, with the minimum flow rate for the period being approx. 257 ML on 3 May. The maximum flow rate was recorded for 11 May at approx. 616 ML/day.

The data for the chart below was sourced from the WaterNSW website with flows presented in megalitres per day (ML/d).


Demand Management

Residential water use

Level 2 water restrictions were introduced on Sunday 4 October 2020. Council resolved to adopt a new water restriction framework on 20 October 2020.

Average daily residential water consumption during the week ending 14 May 2021 was 138 litres per person per day. The graph below shows the average daily residential water consumption trends since May 2020.

Total water use

The average daily city-wide water consumption for the period 22 April 2021 to 13 May 2021 was 9.36 ML/day.



Water samples are collected as a component of Orange City Council’s Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Program in accordance with NSW Health requirements. Samples are collected regularly and sent to a NSW Government National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory for analysis. Water quality for April 2021 complied with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines health targets.

water supply and Sewerage MAJOR PROJECTS


East Orange Harvesting Wetlands

The REF for the harvesting wetlands is anticipated being put to the meeting of 6 July 2021.

In the week beginning 24 May 2021, it is proposed to make a water supply works approval application to NRAR to facilitate construction, subject to Council approval to proceed.

Detailed design of the basin and the weir structure remains to be completed. This will be put out to quotation in the week beginning 24 May 2021.




Future Cities Upgrade – Byng Street and Lords place

Contractors AWCON are progressing well with the Byng Street and Lords Place upgrade with the project still anticipated being completed in early September. To date, the kerb and guttering has been removed and replace on both side of Lords Place and trial section of footpath constructed adjacent to Robertson Park for the purpose of ensuring the concrete colour was in-line with the requirements of the REF approval. This trial section has subsequently been approved by Development Services and footpath construction along Robertson Park will continue with the next pour to commence on Monday 24 May 2021. 

AWCON will also focus on works in the vicinity of the taxi rank with a view to reopening it in early June.


Future Cities Upgrade – McNamara Street

Works in McNamara Street are also progressing well, although there have been numerous challenges in working around conflicting services and sourcing local contractors interested in undertaking works.

During the last week commencing 17 May 2021, construction commenced on the traffic facilities at the intersection with Kite Street and preparation for the installation of tree pits has been in progress.

The actual installation of tree pits will commence in the week beginning Monday 24 May 2021. 

Council has also received a design for the festoon columns to be placed in the McNamara Street carpark.  The column materials will be ordered next and a request for quotation will be advertised for the fabrication and installation of the poles.



Energy used at the airport during April 2021 was 14,917.44 kWh at a cost to Council of $1,230.55.


Passenger numbers for April 2021 were 5,684 compared with 88 in the same month in 2020. This figure includes passenger numbers from QantasLink.



The following information is sourced from E21, Council’s energy software.

Friday 21 May 2021