Stars align for work on Orange’s new planetarium

Stars align for work on Orange’s new planetarium

Jan 30, 2024

It’s lift-off for Orange’s performing arts scene as work begins on the new $33.5 million world-class cultural hub for the region.

The new Orange Regional Conservatorium and Planetarium project will include:

  • A 275-seat auditorium (with capacity built in for additional 48 seats or additional stage);
  • A 65-seat planetarium auditorium;
  • 40 practice studios and rehearsal spaces;
  • Front and back-of-house facilities including main lobby, bar and kitchen; and
  • Office space, amenities and ancillary spaces.

The $33.5 million project is funded by $10 million from the Australian Government, $5 million from the NSW Government’s Creative Capital Funding program and up to $18.5 million from Orange City Council.

Construction fences have been erected around the site in the North Court, on the corner of March and Peisley streets, behind the Civic precinct.

Site preparation work has started and earthworks have begun this week to remove top soil and level the site ahead of excavations for the building’s foundations.

At its peak, there will be 50-60 people working on the site. Over the 18-month life of the project, between 500 to 700 individuals will be working on the project at different times.