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  • Self service desk to streamline book borrowing

    2 days ago
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    Orange City Library’s new RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) system, which lets libraries streamline the way they manage their collections, is up and running.

    The technology allows patrons to check out their own books using their card and an electronic scanning device at kiosks near the front entrance.

    Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Cr Ron Gander said the technology allows people to check books in and out faster but also frees up library staff to help patrons with a range of other activities that go on inside Orange City Library.

    “The staff do a whole lot more than simply... Continue reading


    Orange City Library’s new RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) system, which lets libraries streamline the way they manage their collections, is up and running.

    The technology allows patrons to check out their own books using their card and an electronic scanning device at kiosks near the front entrance.

    Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Cr Ron Gander said the technology allows people to check books in and out faster but also frees up library staff to help patrons with a range of other activities that go on inside Orange City Library.

    “The staff do a whole lot more than simply checking books in and out. It’s a modern library where all sorts of activities, workshops and education programs go on day in and day out,” Cr Gander said.


    “From teaching seniors how to use technology , to helping kids with the Lego club, school holiday programs and of course, the storytime for littlies, staff are always on the go.

    “By allowing people to check their own books in and out, staff have more time to help people use the computers, or help students with research projects.

    “But if you would really prefer to have a staff member help you borrow a book, then they will always be available for that too.”

    Cr Gander officially launched the system yesterday (Thursday) along with NSW Library Council members , president George Souris AM, Professor Peter Shergold AC, Michael Caulfield and Central West Libraries manager Jan Richards AM.

    The project has been made possible by a NSW Government Library Development Grant from the Library Council of NSW and funding from Orange City Council.

    Cr Gander said it was a mammoth task to install electronic tagging on 80,000 library items, all while the Orange Library was going through a major refurbishment.

    “The staff have done an excellent job and the feedback regarding the major refurbishment has been positive,” Cr Gander said.

    “It’s brighter, it’s more modern and everything is on wheels so that means it can be easily moved around quickly to allow for temporary installations such as the current Waste 2 Art exhibition.”

    Central West Libraries Manager Jan Richards is delighted with the result of the recent refurbishment of the library.

    “The makeover and new RFID system brings the Library in line with community expectations and the emerging public library environment,” Ms Richards said.

    “It was an opportunity to re-arrange the space to encourage browsing, to highlight collections and to provide places to read and study.”

    SIMPLE: Cr Ron Gander borrows a book with the help of Orange City Librarian Sean Brady.

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  • Private hospital plans revealed along with 500 jobs

    4 days ago
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    24 May 2017

    Orange Mayor John Davis has welcomed the announcement an agreement has been made to build a private hospital bringing with it about 500 jobs.

    Zauner Construction and James Richmark Pty Limited announced the two had entered into an agreement to build the Bloomfield Medical Centre opposite Orange Health Service.

    Mayor of Orange, John Davis, has praised the design of the Bloomfield Private Hospital site which includes a hospital, retail space, a 'Super GP Clinic' an allied health precinct and motel.

    "This development is a major part of the Orange Council plans for South Orange," Cr Davis said.

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    24 May 2017

    Orange Mayor John Davis has welcomed the announcement an agreement has been made to build a private hospital bringing with it about 500 jobs.

    Zauner Construction and James Richmark Pty Limited announced the two had entered into an agreement to build the Bloomfield Medical Centre opposite Orange Health Service.

    Mayor of Orange, John Davis, has praised the design of the Bloomfield Private Hospital site which includes a hospital, retail space, a 'Super GP Clinic' an allied health precinct and motel.

    "This development is a major part of the Orange Council plans for South Orange," Cr Davis said.

    "The developers have worked closely with Council to produce plans which are modern and much needed in Orange.

    "We encourage the community to get behind this very important development. Zauner Construction and James Richmark Pty Ltd have not only produced plans which meet our needs at Bloomfield and South Orange, they have worked with us to help overcome our urgent needs for parking in that area as well as create employment for close to 500 people for Orange and the region."

    The development allows for 835 carparks designed to meet the needs of the site and assist with the parking issues at the Public Hospital.

    Frank O'Halloran representing James Richmark Pty Limited said it took time to get to this stage but the result is "unique, exciting and ground breaking for Orange."

    "We needed to come up with modern plans which we believe would get the support of the Orange community," he said.


    "We were always keen on a one stop shop for general medical and allied health in addition to providing a modern private hospital and other facilities, including a Medi motel.

    "We have worked closely with the Orange Council to make sure our plans will meet their expectations. We will commence construction as soon as all the necessary approvals are received.”

    Zauner Construction is well known in Orange having recently completed the Orange Regional Museum, CSU School of Dentistry & Health Sciences and CSU Student Accommodation.


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  • Dig deep this Sunday for Orange’s Community Planting Day

    4 days ago
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    A community planting day and balmy Autumn temperatures are the perfect excuse to get out of the house and back to nature this Sunday.

    Come along to Rifle Range Creek in Nelson Park, along Gardiner Road between Taronga Avenue and Hill Street, from 10am to help create a nature “highway” for Orange’s fauna to easily travel from north to south.

    Orange City Council’s Parks, Trees and Waterways Committee Chair Cr Reg Kidd, said residents might remember when the creek in this section of Nelson Park was a blocked drain full of Willows and shopping trolleys.

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    A community planting day and balmy Autumn temperatures are the perfect excuse to get out of the house and back to nature this Sunday.

    Come along to Rifle Range Creek in Nelson Park, along Gardiner Road between Taronga Avenue and Hill Street, from 10am to help create a nature “highway” for Orange’s fauna to easily travel from north to south.

    Orange City Council’s Parks, Trees and Waterways Committee Chair Cr Reg Kidd, said residents might remember when the creek in this section of Nelson Park was a blocked drain full of Willows and shopping trolleys.

    “A phenomenal amount of work has been put in over the last few years to clean the place up and most of that work has been done by volunteers,” Cr Kidd said.

    “The community should feel proud of what it has achieved but we’re asking for a few helping hands again this weekend.

    “We’ll be planting a range of native trees, shrubs and grasses alongside the creek to enhance the biodiversity of the area and create a highway for animals and birds to travel from one side of Orange to the other.

    “Other than doing something for the community, the planting day will be a great family day out, hands on fun in the sun. “I’m looking forward to seeing you there.” Volunteers will need to bring their own gloves, hats, covered shoes and sunscreen and are welcome to a free barbecue after the community planting day.

    The community planting day is funded by Local Land Services.

    Follow this event on Facebook.

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  • Tips to keep Orange's winter air clear

    6 days ago
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    22 May 2017

    As the autumn leaves fall to the ground, wood fires across the city spark up.

    The smokes from these fires can cause serious problems for asthmatics.

    At this time of year, Orange City Council’s health staff are on the road most mornings looking for signs of high-levels of woodsmoke in residential areas.


    When a problem is noticed or when there is a complaint, staff knock on doors and leave information on how to operate fires correctly.

    There are mixed signals at present. For this time of year, there’s been fewer complaints than usual and that could mean... Continue reading

    22 May 2017

    As the autumn leaves fall to the ground, wood fires across the city spark up.

    The smokes from these fires can cause serious problems for asthmatics.

    At this time of year, Orange City Council’s health staff are on the road most mornings looking for signs of high-levels of woodsmoke in residential areas.


    When a problem is noticed or when there is a complaint, staff knock on doors and leave information on how to operate fires correctly.

    There are mixed signals at present. For this time of year, there’s been fewer complaints than usual and that could mean the community is learning to operate their wood fires better.

    But, in the lower valleys of Orange, the large amount of smoke that can still be seen is a concern.

    There are potential health issues when a wood fire is not operated correctly. But, when the right wood is burnt in the right way the risks can be much, much lower and your heating bill can be much lower.

    The following link contains several useful tips on how to save money, and reduce the amount of smoke coming from your fire.

    www.orange.nsw.gov.au/woodfires

    Dark or sooty smoke that’s coming out of a fire or a chimney is the most obvious sign that a fire is burning the wrong way. The dark smoke is tiny particles that aren’t being burnt in the fire box.

    The aim of a good fire is to create heat that warms your house, and if dark smoke is escaping that’s like the money you’ve spent on fire wood going up in smoke.
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  • Mayor meets with elders to mark ‘Sorry Day’

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    19 May 2017

    Orange mayor John Davis OAM, met with local indigenous elders and community leaders today in a low-key recognition of the annual ‘National Sorry Day’ event.

    Because the Orange NAIDOC Committee are organizing an event to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1967 indigenous referendum in the Orange Regional Museum precinct on 27 May, a separate event was held a week earlier for Sorry Day.

    Mayor Davis met with the Chair of the Community Working party Jason French, Gerald Power and local elders today during a regular morning tea held each fortnight at the HAC Centre.

    “This... Continue reading

    19 May 2017

    Orange mayor John Davis OAM, met with local indigenous elders and community leaders today in a low-key recognition of the annual ‘National Sorry Day’ event.

    Because the Orange NAIDOC Committee are organizing an event to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1967 indigenous referendum in the Orange Regional Museum precinct on 27 May, a separate event was held a week earlier for Sorry Day.

    Mayor Davis met with the Chair of the Community Working party Jason French, Gerald Power and local elders today during a regular morning tea held each fortnight at the HAC Centre.

    “This annual milestone is marked Australia-wide on 26 May, and it’s important the community takes time to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's indigenous population,” Cr John Davis said. “It is estimated that between 1883 and 1969 more than 6,200 children were forcibly removed from their families and communities in NSW alone.”

    “It’s important that we take time to remember the past injustice to Aboriginal peoples and policies of forced child removal, as well as recognising the signs of resilience, healing and the power of saying Sorry.”

    "It was very interesting and moving to sit around together and hear some of the personal stories of this groups of elderly Orange residents. They generously shared their stories of how they moved to live in Orange from many different parts of Australia, and have now raised their families here."

    Orange City Council’s Central West Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer Jordon Moore facilitates fortnightly gatherings with a number of local Aboriginal Elders who meet regularly for a yarn and social support activities at the HACC Centre at 286 Lords Place Orange.

    CONVERSATION : Mayor John Davis met with elders of the Orange Aboriginal community. Pictured (l. to r.) are Mayor John Davis, (sitting) Paul Oates, (standing) Alice Williams, Muriel McMahon, (standing) Wayne Langlo, Ellen Rose, (sitting) Donna Dodds, (standing) Daphne Monaghan, John Frail, Pat French.





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  • Mayor welcomes new govt office

    12 days ago
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    Orange mayor John Davis OAM, has welcomed today’s announcement that the headquarters of a proposed new government agency will be based in Orange.

    Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce unveiled the initiative today.

    “Barnaby Joyce is one of the most positive parliamentarians in Australia today and the decision to open a new government agency in Orange will be welcomed by the local community,” Cr John Davis said. “Mr Joyce has shown that he can deliver for regional areas and this is a sign of that commitment.”

    “Thirty new jobs working here in Orange is... Continue reading


    Orange mayor John Davis OAM, has welcomed today’s announcement that the headquarters of a proposed new government agency will be based in Orange.

    Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce unveiled the initiative today.

    “Barnaby Joyce is one of the most positive parliamentarians in Australia today and the decision to open a new government agency in Orange will be welcomed by the local community,” Cr John Davis said. “Mr Joyce has shown that he can deliver for regional areas and this is a sign of that commitment.”

    “Thirty new jobs working here in Orange is good news for the local economy.”

    “The ‘critical mass’ of business and agriculture specialists that are already working out of Orange makes it a good choice for the Australian government to locate a new centre to administrate loans to the rural sector.”

    “Orange City Council is always looking to attract government organisations to the region. We’ve made submissions to the government and a recent Senate inquiry on decentralization.”

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce today announced that the headquarters of the newly created Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) will be based in Orange.

    In Orange to make the announcement, Mr Joyce said the RIC’s move in early 2018 would provide a boost for the entire region.

    “The RIC was a key Coalition Government election commitment, designed to improve delivery of funds to farmers and ensure greater national consistency in farm business loan assessments,” Mr Joyce said.

    “Orange is an important agricultural hub in a region which generates about $1.7 billion in gross agricultural production, and is the home of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

    “Locating the RIC in Orange makes sense, building on the existing base of agricultural investment institutions in the city, including the New South Wales Rural Assistance Authority and Macquarie Bank’s Paraway Pastoral livestock enterprise.

    "Establishing the RIC here will present new growth opportunities for the city and surrounding area, creating expanded career pathways for regional people.”

    Minister Joyce said the government considered several regional locations for the RIC, including Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Bendigo, Lithgow, Toowoomba and Wagga Wagga.

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  • A night at the museum

    17 days ago
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    It’s the first night at the museum where people are invited to come along and pick up items usually safely locked away under glass boxes.

    Orange City Council’s Services Police Committee Chair Cr Ron Gander said the Orange Regional Museum’s first ‘Up Late’ event on May 19 is designed to turn the idea of a traditional museum on its head.

    “In a traditional museum you go in and look around and you can’t touch anything and it’s polite to be quiet,” Cr Gander said.

    “But this is no traditional museum.

    “Most days there’s squeals and laughter from school children as... Continue reading


    It’s the first night at the museum where people are invited to come along and pick up items usually safely locked away under glass boxes.

    Orange City Council’s Services Police Committee Chair Cr Ron Gander said the Orange Regional Museum’s first ‘Up Late’ event on May 19 is designed to turn the idea of a traditional museum on its head.

    “In a traditional museum you go in and look around and you can’t touch anything and it’s polite to be quiet,” Cr Gander said.

    “But this is no traditional museum.

    “Most days there’s squeals and laughter from school children as they engage in the educational workshops and unlike most museums, the objects in Orange Regional Museum will change over time.

    “The ‘Up Late’ event is another one of those elements that’s just a bit different.

    “People can come in and hold historical objects and artefacts and ask questions directly to the museum’s collections officer about the object’s significance and history.”

    The museum attracts about 1,000 visitors per week and most of those visitors are young families and older people so the ‘Up Late’ event is a way of encouraging another demographic that’s regularly seen in wine bars and at live music events, to come inside and see what’s on offer, Cr Gander said.

    ‘Up Late’ guests will be the first to see the museum’s newest display in its current exhibition ‘Journeys; People, Place, Stories’, which tells the story of Chinese migration to the Orange region and will be unveiled on the night.

    Come along from 6pm to enjoy live music performances by locals Steve Sommerville, Haylee Gallagher, the Crooked Mile and the Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers.

    Rowlee Wines are sponsoring the night’s festivities and will be there to serve some local flavours including their 2015 Pinot Noir and 2016 Pinot Gris.

    Tickets are $10 including all entertainment, food and a drink on arrival and are available via

    The museum will be open 'Up Late' with live music and wine. PHOTO: Corey Masters

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  • 'Better Homes’ visit, the highlight of huge weekend in Orange

    19 days ago
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    The visit by top-rating national TV program ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ will be the highlight of a huge weekend in Orange 13 & 14 May.

    Australia’s number-one lifestyle show has chosen Orange as the latest focus of a series on country shows. Final preparations are well under way at the Orange Showground for this year’s show this weekend.

    Orange mayor John Davis OAM said he’s delighted the program will be covering the 145th annual Orange Show, the Orange Farmers Markets and other points of interest around town.

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    The visit by top-rating national TV program ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ will be the highlight of a huge weekend in Orange 13 & 14 May.

    Australia’s number-one lifestyle show has chosen Orange as the latest focus of a series on country shows. Final preparations are well under way at the Orange Showground for this year’s show this weekend.

    Orange mayor John Davis OAM said he’s delighted the program will be covering the 145th annual Orange Show, the Orange Farmers Markets and other points of interest around town.

    Better Homes and Gardens has picked a brilliant time of the year to come to Orange,” Cr John Davis said. “When they go to Cook Park or Campbell’s Corner, they’ll be seeing the Autumn colours that show Orange at its best.”


    “The entire team of high-profile presenters including Johanna Griggs will be here and it will be a return visit for Dr Harry, who judged the pet competition at the Orange Show in 1998.

    NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the initiative had been secured in conjunction with the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

    “Our partnership with Orange City Council and Better Homes and Gardens has provided us with a great opportunity to profile this beautiful region and encourage ongoing visitation, helping to grow the state’s economy,” Mr Marshall said.

    “Tourism is vital to rural and regional communities and we look forward to inspiring more travellers to look to Orange when planning their next short-break.”

    Orange City Council’s Employment and Economic Development Committee chair, Cr Jeff Whitton said the program is very keen to be coming to Orange.

    “It was good to talk with the crew when they made an advance trip to Orange a few weeks back to check out some locations for shooting. They were very impressed with what they saw and they’re looking forward to putting together a very entertaining program.”

    “It’s hard to underestimate just how valuable this kind of national coverage is worth to Orange.”

    “It’s important to note that council staff have also worked hard to help this coverage come together, and that Destination NSW has also contributed support.”

    “All this is happening alongside another huge weekend of sport in Orange”, Jeff Whitton said.

    “The local derby Rugby Union game between City and Emus on Saturday 13 May is one of the red-letter days on the annual sporting calendar. For that game to be played as a night game at Wade Park after the live televised spectacle of the Shute Shield match between Easts and Gordon, will be huge for union fans.”

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  • Museum talk shines light on human face of gold rush

    19 days ago
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    The stories of an Austrian artist who roamed Australia capturing little-known scenes of life on the goldfields, will be outlined in the latest event at the Orange Regional Museum.

    Stories of the gold rush and its impact on the Australian landscape were brought to light through the work of landscape artist Eugene von Guérard who travelled Australian for thirty years beginning in 1952. The artist is the topic of the latest in a series of public lectures this weekend.

    Drawing on new research, art historian and von Guérard specialist, Dr Ruth Pullinexamines how Eugene von Guérard’s precarious and itinerant experience... Continue reading


    The stories of an Austrian artist who roamed Australia capturing little-known scenes of life on the goldfields, will be outlined in the latest event at the Orange Regional Museum.

    Stories of the gold rush and its impact on the Australian landscape were brought to light through the work of landscape artist Eugene von Guérard who travelled Australian for thirty years beginning in 1952. The artist is the topic of the latest in a series of public lectures this weekend.

    Drawing on new research, art historian and von Guérard specialist, Dr Ruth Pullinexamines how Eugene von Guérard’s precarious and itinerant experience of living and mining on the goldfields laid the foundation for his artistic practice in Australia.

    Orange City Council Services Committee chair, Cr Ron Gander is pleased the museum is involved in throwing the spotlight on the gold rush in new ways.

    “Starting in 1852 von Guérard recorded, in his pocket-sized sketchbooks, in drawings and in a written diary, every aspect of life on the diggings”, Cr Ron Gander said. “His career, starting on the Victorian goldfields, saw him travel through NSW and across the country capturing the landscape during a period of dramatic change.

    “He journeyed throughout Australia and got as close to Orange as Hartley in the Blue Mountains.”

    “The Orange community has close connections with the start of the gold rush and it’s important that these are told”, Cr Gander said.

    In 1851, just 30km from Orange in Ophir, William Tom, James Tom, James Lister and Edward Hargraves found payable gold on the banks of Summer Hill Creek. This discovery marked the beginning of the Australian gold rush, an historic event which was to become the subject matter for some of Australia’s most significant paintings.


    The gold rush changed the face of the colonies and helped establish Australia as a nation. What occurred at Ophir was the catalyst for national change. This is a common theme in the history of the region – we are at the centre of a much larger Australian story.

    The Public Lecture will be held at Orange Regional Museum on Friday 12th May from 6pm. To book visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/ or contact the Museum on 02 6393 8444.



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  • Chance for residents to check plans for fire levy

    23 days ago
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    The roll-out of the NSW Government’s introduction of the Fire & Emergency Services Levy (FESL) is under way in Orange with information sheets posted with the latest Orange City Council rates notice.

    The latest quarterly council rates notice, which has started arriving this week, includes Q & A information about the levy as well as a personalised letter about each home-owner’s property.

    Orange Mayor John Davis OAM said the city council is collecting the levy on behalf of the NSW Government.

    “Instead of paying for our fire and emergency services through charges on property insurance, the NSW Government is introducing... Continue reading


    The roll-out of the NSW Government’s introduction of the Fire & Emergency Services Levy (FESL) is under way in Orange with information sheets posted with the latest Orange City Council rates notice.

    The latest quarterly council rates notice, which has started arriving this week, includes Q & A information about the levy as well as a personalised letter about each home-owner’s property.

    Orange Mayor John Davis OAM said the city council is collecting the levy on behalf of the NSW Government.

    “Instead of paying for our fire and emergency services through charges on property insurance, the NSW Government is introducing a levy based on the value and the kind of property,” Cr John Davis said.

    “The new levy won’t start until 1 July this year, but what residents can do at this stage is make sure their property is put in the correct category. The letter being received this week, makes it clear which category your property has been put it, whether it’s a house or a farm or some commercial property.

    ”There’s also a different pricing category depending on whether your house is lived in or not. Residents should make sure the category is correct and if they want to challenge it, they should get in touch with the council. There’s a simple online form which will let residents ask the council to review the matter.”

    There’s more info together with the review application form on the Orange City Council website at :

    There’s also more about the NSW Government levy online at http://fesl.nsw.gov.au/home



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