Orange City Council

Our Councillors and Our Plan for Orange

Melanie McDonell

Melanie McDonnell, 2021 Greens candidate for Orange City council


I am excited to be the first woman to lead the Greens’ ticket for Orange City Council. I’m passionate not only about the history of our city, but also where we as a community can go now and into the future.

I grew up in Orange, studied nursing in Albury and worked in Sydney for several years before moving back here. There really is no place like our beautiful city and surrounding region.

As a nurse and mother, I understand the importance of real and urgent action on Climate Change in order to mitigate the threat posed to individual and community health. I want my son to inherit a healthy, sustainable world.

Being a single mum to an active young boy I understand many of the challenges faced by families with young children, including the lack of footpaths and cycleways connecting our newer developments with the CBD, and the need for more, modern playgrounds and parklands for all ages throughout the city.

I want to make a positive contribution to our Council and help ensure our local economy continues to grow sustainably, with increasing focus on community and environmental sustainability.

If elected I will consistently advocate for all Orange residents. Orange deserves a Council which is truly representative of our community and is able to cooperatively work together, despite their ideological differences, to achieve real progress for our wonderful city.

Issues I want to work on

Completion of the Orange City Council Climate Change Strategic Policy

Climate Change denialism by many current Councillors has hog-tied our city’s progress to a cleaner, greener region. Orange has an amazing opportunity to provide leadership by example with local action on Climate Change.

Construction commencement on the Conservatorium and Planetarium

As a composer and musician, I’ve been actively involved in the Orange music community since my school days and have a deep understanding of the vital role played by the Orange Regional Conservatorium within our region. Starting construction on the new Conservatorium, and Planetarium, as soon as possible is a high priority.


A connected community requires infrastructure. Unfortunately, we lag decades behind in the installation and expansion of our footpaths and cycleways. A high priority will be the prompt connection of each development with the CBD to encourage active transport.

Stephen Nugent

Stephen Nugent

Stephen is Deputy CEO of OCTEC, a community organisation that delivers employment, training and youth services. His working life prior to this included 18 years in the public sector working for various agencies in Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.

He has lived in Orange for the past 16 years with his wife and two daughters and has been a committee member and volunteer in community development groups such as ECCO Orange, Central West Permaculture and the ELF Community Garden Group, as well as serving as a community representative on council committees.

Our Plan for Orange

Our Plan for Orange

  1. Safe footpaths and walkable streets in all suburbs and major roads
  2. Disability-friendly and accessible for all
  3. More youth spaces and workplaces
  4. Smart planning with sustainable design and heritage preservation
  5. A connected city with cycleways and quality rail and bus services
  6. Clean, green Orange with renewables and sustainable, high-tech industries
  7. Better services and amenities for young children, older residents, and those at risk of homelessness