Businesses welcome plans to upgrade rundown laneway with art project

Orange businesses have welcomed a Council decision to install a new lighting installation art project in a laneway linking Summer Street to the Orange Central Square Shopping Centre car park.

The project will improve lighting and safety and transform what is now an area people avoid.

Last night’s Council meeting chose a design by artist Daniel Templeman, which will include a lighting installation attached to the ceiling of the 60-metre pedestrian walkway that runs between the ‘Kathmandu’ and ‘Bed, Bath & Table’ stores on Summer Street.

The cost of the $200,000 project will be shared equally by a grant from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grant for Arts and Culture program and Orange City Council.

GREEN LIGHT: Orange Regional Gallery Director Bradley Hammond, Orange Central Square Shopping Centre Retail Manager Dana Irving, United Dance Project owner Leesa Chaseling and Orange Councillor Tony Mileto in the laneway.

Orange Deputy Mayor Gerald Power said the project would transform an important pathway in the city.

“This laneway is pretty much at the centre of the city and is well overdue for improvements. The fact that we can improve safety and lighting and beautify the laneway is a win-win,” Cr Power said.

“Both Council and businesses nearby believe the upgrade will change the way residents use this dimly-lit pedestrian pathway that’s currently a target for graffiti and vandalism.”

The Retail Manager from Charter Hall, operator of the Orange Central Square Shopping Centre, Dana Irving, has been involved in the selection process.

“Charter Hall owns part of the laneway so we have been delighted to work with Council to reinvigorate the laneway,” Ms Irving said.

“Charter Hall is also excited to be partnering with Council and the chosen artist Daniel Templeton to create a blank canvas.”

The United Dance Project owner Leesa Chaseling is excited by the project.

“We’ve been in this location just off the laneway for 9 years and now knowing the area will shortly be upgraded is so exciting,” Ms Chaseling said.

“It’s going to make the entrance to the dance studio so much more inviting for the families with small children who come to our classes every week.”

Kira Brown from Sauce Design which operates from the nearby Anson Plaza welcomed the decision to install the lighting installation.

“It’s good to see funds being spent on this laneway that has desperately needed a facelift for many years, and will require ongoing funding to maintain,” Ms Brown said.

“An installation such as this will transform the laneway into a more positive space and add some vibrancy to the city.”

The installation will start in the new year.

IMAGE AND TEXT: Orange City Council.