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  • Latest chance to 'Try2Wheels' on Wednesday

    about 14 hours ago
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    The latest Try2Wheels event will be held on Wednesday 29 March.

    Try2Wheels is a series of lunch-hour events, to be held near workplaces around Orange.

    You come along, get a free sausage sizzle and expert advice on what sort of push bike would suit you to ride to work.



    So Try2Wheels Wednesday, March 29, Orange Regional Museum forecourt from 12 pm to 2pm. Ring 6360 4040 to book or simply turn up.


    The latest Try2Wheels event will be held on Wednesday 29 March.

    Try2Wheels is a series of lunch-hour events, to be held near workplaces around Orange.

    You come along, get a free sausage sizzle and expert advice on what sort of push bike would suit you to ride to work.



    So Try2Wheels Wednesday, March 29, Orange Regional Museum forecourt from 12 pm to 2pm. Ring 6360 4040 to book or simply turn up.
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  • New ‘Friends’ group to support Orange Regional Museum

    3 days ago
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    Orange residents will have more opportunities to support the work of the Orange Regional Museum with a new ‘Friends of the Museum’ group set to be formed.

    The chair of a new interim committee that’s been working on the new project, Cr Neil Jones, has welcomed the decision to form the new group.

    “Since it opened in November, it’s been fantastic to see so many taking their first steps inside the new museum,” Cr Neil Jones said. “As the next step, the establishment of a ‘Friends’ group will help the museum deepen its connections and build awareness. The friends group... Continue reading


    Orange residents will have more opportunities to support the work of the Orange Regional Museum with a new ‘Friends of the Museum’ group set to be formed.

    The chair of a new interim committee that’s been working on the new project, Cr Neil Jones, has welcomed the decision to form the new group.

    “Since it opened in November, it’s been fantastic to see so many taking their first steps inside the new museum,” Cr Neil Jones said. “As the next step, the establishment of a ‘Friends’ group will help the museum deepen its connections and build awareness. The friends group will seek to support the museum to fulfil its role in the community and raise public awareness of its activities and collections.”

    Cr Neil Jones

    An interim committee has been working closely together over recent months to establish the new community based group. The interim committee has drawn representatives from :

    • the Orange Regional Museum Advancement Association,
    • the Orange and District Historical Society,
    • the Orange Regional Museum Fund Ltd,
    • the Orange City Council Museum Community Committee and
    • the Orange Regional Museum.

    “Today’s announcement is the culmination of many weeks of hard work by a small group of community representatives to develop the necessary background information and protocols to form this group. It’s been important to get the new group off to a good start, and so the committee has worked very closely with the museum to ensure that the Friends group can support the museum and bring together interested members of the Orange community."

    “The regional gallery has had a very active friends groups for some time, and I’m expecting it could be a model of what the new friends groups could explore,” Cr Neil Jones said. “It could be fund-raising events to help acquire new objects for the museum. It might be other activities that help lift the profile of the museum in the wider community. There could simply be the social benefits of mixing with like-minded people.”

    READY : Orange residents are keen to be a part of the new 'Friends' groups. Pictured (l. to r.) at the announcement of the new group are Phil Stevenson, Marie Hammond, Museum Director Brad Hammond and Elizabeth Griffin.


    Director of the Orange Regional Museum and Orange Regional Gallery, Brad Hammond, said the development of the new support group is a very positive step.

    “Orange City Council and the museum staff are very pleased to see the formation of this group,” Brad Hammond said. “Community input and support is vital for the future of museum.”

    “For the last couple of years, the ‘Friends of the Gallery’ group has brought a high-profile speaker to Orange, like this week’s speaking visit by Shakesperian acting legend John Bell. I’m looking forward to close cooperation with the new friends group and seeing what kind of projects they might explore.”

    The benefits of becoming a ‘Friend of the Orange Regional Museum’ include:

    • Discounted (25%) entry to all ticketed Orange Regional Museum events and programs
    • Priority booking for all bookable Museum events and programs
    • Invitations to all exhibition openings and special events
    • Free entry to Wentworth Mine
    • Access to member exclusive events
    • Email or posted (if requested) copy of Orange Regional Museum’s quarterly newsletter

    The public launch of the Friends of the Orange Regional Museum will take place on Wednesday 5th April from 5.30pm at Orange Regional Museum.

    Members of the community are invited to attend. RSVP to Jessica Dowdell at museum@orange.nsw.gov.au or 02 6393 8444 by Thursday 30th March.


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  • Gates re-open after Bloomfield campus roads upgraded

    5 days ago
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    The long-awaited re-opening of the Huntley Road entrance to the Bloomfield hospital campus has happened after the completion of major upgrades to internal roads.

    The 1.4 km road upgrade was completed by Orange City Council with $638,000 joint funding from :

    • Orange City Council ($224,000)
    • Orange Ex-Services ($175,000)
    • Health Infrastructure ($160,000)
    • Mission Australia/Cockrams ($80,000) Cockrams are currently building a new accommodation facility for Mission Australia in Huntley Road. The new facility is alongside the Huntley Road entrance.

    PROJECT COMPLETE : Representatives of the project's funding partners check out the upgraded roads on the Bloomfield campus.

    ... Continue reading


    The long-awaited re-opening of the Huntley Road entrance to the Bloomfield hospital campus has happened after the completion of major upgrades to internal roads.

    The 1.4 km road upgrade was completed by Orange City Council with $638,000 joint funding from :

    • Orange City Council ($224,000)
    • Orange Ex-Services ($175,000)
    • Health Infrastructure ($160,000)
    • Mission Australia/Cockrams ($80,000) Cockrams are currently building a new accommodation facility for Mission Australia in Huntley Road. The new facility is alongside the Huntley Road entrance.

    PROJECT COMPLETE : Representatives of the project's funding partners check out the upgraded roads on the Bloomfield campus.

    The roads upgrade project included upgrades of Park Road (from the first entrance gate in Forest Rd to the Ex-Services Country Club) and Transport Drive (from the Huntley Road gate to the sporting oval).

    City of Orange Traffic Committee chair, Cr Russell Turner said the project was a great example of government, business and community organisations working together to deliver improved infrastructure.

    “Apart from patients, hundreds of staff are working every day at both the Health Service and the Bloomfield Hospital, and this road upgrade is going to make a significant difference to the task of getting people to and from work safely and conveniently.”

    “With the completion of the internal road upgrade, the long-awaited re-opening of the Huntley Road entrance can happen”, Cr Russel Turner said. “This will give another access point for hospital staff, and take the pressure off other gates on Forest Road.”

    “These internal roads were never built for large traffic numbers, however the works undertaken will ensure these roads play an important ongoing role in the safe and efficient movement of traffic within the site, to the point where the Huntley Rd entrance can be re-opened safely”

    OPEN AGAIN : Mayor John Davis talks with Member for Orange Phil Donato, after the Huntley Road entrance re-opened today.

    Mayor John Davis has paid tribute to those who pushed for the re-opening of the Huntley Rd gate.

    “When he was the state MP, now Member for Calare Andrew Gee campaigned solidly for the Huntley Rd entrance to be re-opened, along with other local residents, and the Orange community will now benefit from that work,” Cr John Davis said.

    “The improvements to the internal roads balance the previously completed upgrading of the Huntley Road entrance which includes a dedicated right turn lane into the Bloomfield campus and improved visibility for motorists exiting the site.”

    The internal roads on the Bloomfield campus will continue to have a 30 km/hr speed limit. The section of Park Road closest to the first Forest Road gate will be marked for one-way traffic so that cars leaving the campus will use other exits, including Huntley Road and the main Health Service entrance.

    Orange Ex-Services Club CEO Cameron Provost said the project was a good example of partnership.

    “Both members of the club and the wider community are regularly using the sporting facilities on the Bloomfield campus,” Cameron Provost said. “It’s great that the club can work with other organisations to deliver better long-term infrastructure.”

    Western NSW Local Health District’s Director of Corporate Services, Jeff Morrissey said he was pleased that the Huntley Road works have been completed.

    “The reopening of the Huntley Road will improve the traffic flow throughout the Bloomfield Campus, which will benefit patients and clients of the Orange Health Service and other providers residing on the campus,” Mr Morrissey said.

    Mission Australia General Manager of Aged Care Jill Bicknell welcomed the work.

    “We are proud to share in the cost of these long-term infrastructure costs,” Jill Bicknell said. “The road upgrades will enable ease of access to Mission Australia’s Benjamin Short Grove, Orange’s new aged care facility for the homeless and disadvantaged.”


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  • Game of football to bring all together

    13 days ago
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    People from a range of different cultures and backgrounds will come together on Friday to vie for the honour of winning the annual Harmony Cup.

    Two friendly games of soccer, the world game, will be played with Orange Indigenous teams taking on multicultural teams as part of national Harmony Day.

    Orange City Council’s Services Committee Chair Ron Gander said soccer was a great way to bring people of different backgrounds together.

    “It’s good we can explore ways for Orange’s Indigenous community and Orange’s multicultural community to get together, relax, have fun and importantly get to know each other,” he said.


    People from a range of different cultures and backgrounds will come together on Friday to vie for the honour of winning the annual Harmony Cup.

    Two friendly games of soccer, the world game, will be played with Orange Indigenous teams taking on multicultural teams as part of national Harmony Day.

    Orange City Council’s Services Committee Chair Ron Gander said soccer was a great way to bring people of different backgrounds together.

    “It’s good we can explore ways for Orange’s Indigenous community and Orange’s multicultural community to get together, relax, have fun and importantly get to know each other,” he said.

    “Soccer is such a universal game and this Friday’s competition is a way to help build bridges between Orange’s many cultures and communities.

    “The Harmony Cup is in its third year and was won by the Sudanese United team in 2015 and the Indigenous team in 2016 so in a way, this game will be a decider.”

    The under 16s game kicks off at 5.15pm at Waratah Sports Club followed by the opens game at 6.45pm but there will be a mix of free food and entertainment throughout the early evening.

    Cr Gander said the purpose of Harmony Day nationally was to celebrate the diversity of culture in Australia and in Orange, there was plenty to celebrate.

    “As well as the football, there will be multicultural performances, singing, dancing, music making, drumming in Irish and Latin themes,” he said.

    “There will also be themed food with a range of tastings on offer from several cultures.”

    The Harmony Cup is put together by a range of community groups including Orange CultureHub , Orange Social Justice Group, NSW Regional Islamic Centre members as well as Orange Multicultural Network.

    HARMONY: Christian Dietiker, Balaji Chakaravarthy and Julio Cesarr are looking forward to Friday's clash
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  • Spirit of Anzac Exhibition attended by thousands on the first day

    14 days ago
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    The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience was officially launched today (Monday) after more than 3,000 people streamed through the doors yesterday.

    The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, the Australian War Memorial's largest free travelling exhibition featuring more than 200 artefacts on display, is in Orange for six days at the Orange Indoor Tennis Centre from 12 – 17 March 2017.

    The exhibition was officially launched by Member for Orange Andrew Gee with Orange councillors, John Davis OAM, Chris Gryllis, Ron Gander and Kevin Duffy in attendance.

    Mayor Davis said Orange was incredibly lucky to have secured such a huge exhibition... Continue reading


    The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience was officially launched today (Monday) after more than 3,000 people streamed through the doors yesterday.

    The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, the Australian War Memorial's largest free travelling exhibition featuring more than 200 artefacts on display, is in Orange for six days at the Orange Indoor Tennis Centre from 12 – 17 March 2017.

    The exhibition was officially launched by Member for Orange Andrew Gee with Orange councillors, John Davis OAM, Chris Gryllis, Ron Gander and Kevin Duffy in attendance.

    Mayor Davis said Orange was incredibly lucky to have secured such a huge exhibition and he intended to bring his family to see it in the coming days.

    "Everyone should spend the time and come and see this wonderful exhibition," Cr Davis said.

    "I've spoken to a few people who came to the exhibition yesterday (Sunday) and by all accounts they were impressed.

    "It's interactive, there plenty of things to move and look through and the audio guide is a great idea."

    Visitors have their own personal audio guide, which through headphones, tells a story on each section of the exhibition.

    At the end of the tour, there is a section dedicated to local history put together by council's library and museum staff.


    There are moving images of soldiers who joined the call-to-arms during the Coo-ee March as it passed through Orange in October 1915 as well as photographs and stories of both well-known and not-so-well-known local soldiers and nurses such as Nellie Leake, Ernest Lachland Powter, Bernard Ambrose Cotye.

    The selection of objects includes :

    • a telegram notifying the next of kin of the death of their brother (James J Paton),
    • medals awarded to a local doctor, Major A.E. Colvin,
    • original portraits of two young men: Herbert Rockliff, and Claude John Ash – these portraits were either taken prior to their embarkation as a memento for their families, or created by their loved ones as a memorial following their death.

    On Sunday, more than 3,000 people walked through the site, and more than 10,000 have booked their free tickets for sessions throughout the week.

    EXPERIENCE: Councillors Kevin Duffy and John Davis at the official launch of the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience.
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  • New strategies to tackle elm beetle onslaught

    18 days ago
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    Orange City Council is continuing to target the wave of Elm Beetles which are leaving their mark on the city’s collection of Elm trees.

    In recent weeks elm beetles have struck in Cook Park, in high profile streets such as March Street and Prince Street and in private and public gardens across our city - such as Duntryleague Golf Course. The swarms of beetles eat the trees’ leaves which would normally be green at this time of year. The trees shed most of their leaves, leaving piles of skeletonized leaves on the ground.

    Orange City Council’s Cr Russell Turner said... Continue reading


    Orange City Council is continuing to target the wave of Elm Beetles which are leaving their mark on the city’s collection of Elm trees.

    In recent weeks elm beetles have struck in Cook Park, in high profile streets such as March Street and Prince Street and in private and public gardens across our city - such as Duntryleague Golf Course. The swarms of beetles eat the trees’ leaves which would normally be green at this time of year. The trees shed most of their leaves, leaving piles of skeletonized leaves on the ground.

    Orange City Council’s Cr Russell Turner said while the beetle attacks don’t kill the tree, prolonged attacks over a number of years will weaken the tree.

    “In Cook Park, this is the second year that the parks staff have noticed damage to the avenue of elm trees, but this year has certainly been the worst”, Cr Russell Turner said.

    “It looks like Autumn has come early for this row of elm trees.”

    “At the base of the trees there are mounds of skeletonized leaves which have fallen
    after the beetles have attacked.”

    “It’s important to remember that the Elm Beetle problem is one that has affected large parts of southern Australia, and there are no easy answers. But we’ll be doing what we can to slow the pace of this problem.”



    The council is adopting a number of strategies to combat the spread of the beetles.

    1. Last Winter insecticide was added to the soil around elm trees in Prince Street. In the Springtime, the insecticide is absorbed into the roots and up into the leaves, which poisons the beetles. This chemical will be used in Cook Park next year. Other chemicals, which can have a broader impact on soil organisms and nearby waterways, are not being used.

    2. The most effective non-chemical strategy is to apply double-sided sticky tape to the
    trunks of the trees in Spring and early Summer. This catches the beetles and the beetlelarvae
    as they move up and down the tree, interrupting the life-cycle. Residents have tied tape around trees in March Street and the tape will be applied to trees in Cook Park in the coming years. Trees were banded with tape in the Adventure playground last year.

    “Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem that’s going to be solved easily. I’d also encourage local residents to keep an eye on elm trees on their privately-owned land and in nearby streets. A community wide response might reduce the number of beetles, and slow down the spread of this problem.”

    BANDING TOGETHER: Residents can place double-sided, water-proof tape around the trunks of Elms to combat the beetle.

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  • Food Care to stay open despite fire damage

    21 days ago
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    Food Care Orange will operate tomorrow, (Tuesday) despite the Glenroi Community Centre being damaged by fire over the weekend.

    Orange City Council's Services Committee Chair Ron Gander called on the community to work with the local police, the charitable organisations which operate within the centre and council, to keep the building open and free from vandalism.

    The Garema Road building was moments away from being destroyed by fire, allegedly deliberately lit, on Friday night before NSW Fire and Rescue was able to douse the flames.

    "It's such a shame to see this kind of thing happen to such an important... Continue reading


    Food Care Orange will operate tomorrow, (Tuesday) despite the Glenroi Community Centre being damaged by fire over the weekend.

    Orange City Council's Services Committee Chair Ron Gander called on the community to work with the local police, the charitable organisations which operate within the centre and council, to keep the building open and free from vandalism.

    The Garema Road building was moments away from being destroyed by fire, allegedly deliberately lit, on Friday night before NSW Fire and Rescue was able to douse the flames.

    "It's such a shame to see this kind of thing happen to such an important community facility," he said.

    "We're relying on the local community, a lot of whom use the fantastic services which operate out of the building, to be the eyes and ears of council and the police to ensure this kind of vandalism doesn't happen again."

    Food Care Orange help at least 100 families a week access discounted and free groceries.

    Volunteer coordinator Anne Hopwood said the service would remain open, albeit in a diminished capacity.

    "It was shock and disappointment it has happened and to be met with such a mess... wondering how much we've lost," she said.

    "We've had about a dozen volunteers working here from 9.30 in the morning ... having to take everything off the shelves.

    "We are going ahead tomorrow so we do want to let all our customers to know that we will be open."

    Mrs Hopwood said the shop would open but the team was unable to provide the usual refreshments of tea and coffee, which gave customers and opportunity to socialise, make friends within the neighbourhood and get in touch with service providers.

    She said the group thought about closing the shop but decided they could open with what they had and do their best.

    "It's all due to an amazing band of volunteers who just said yes let's do it," Mrs Hopwood said.

    Several other groups use the facility regularly such as MERGE - a council operated youth program, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Glenroi Community Group. It is hoped all users of the facility will be able to continue operating, but without the use of the large meeting room, now home to all of the Food Care products.

    Builders are assessing the damage in the coming days to determine when it can be fixed.

    DISAPPOINTED: Cr Ron Gander with the food , which could be saved from the fire at the Glenroi Community Centre.
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  • Orange City Council to support cat de-sexing

    22 days ago
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    Orange City Council’s latest program to combat growth in the number of feral cats is under way.

    A new cat de-sexing program will see around 30 local cats undergo the operation. The program is being funded with $5,000 from Orange City Council and $1,000 from the Central Tablelands Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

    Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the program is open to all pension card holders who own a cat and who live in the Orange local government area.

    “Pets make great companions and we need to be doing everything we... Continue reading


    Orange City Council’s latest program to combat growth in the number of feral cats is under way.

    A new cat de-sexing program will see around 30 local cats undergo the operation. The program is being funded with $5,000 from Orange City Council and $1,000 from the Central Tablelands Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

    Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the program is open to all pension card holders who own a cat and who live in the Orange local government area.

    “Pets make great companions and we need to be doing everything we can to encourage the public to be responsible pet owners,” Mr Gee said.

    “The cost of de-sexing can sometimes prevent people from taking this step for their pets, however this subsidy scheme will hopefully help to remove that barrier.”



    Orange City Council’s Companion Animals Committee chair, Cr Neil Jones, said the council funding subsidizes the operation for pension card holders.

    “It can cost as much as $200 for a female cat to be de-sexed, but under this program, pension card holders will only pay $50,” Cr Neil Jones said.

    “The numbers of feral cats to be seen around Orange suggests that too many pets are being allowed to breed. If the cost of the operation is the main obstacle to having de-sexing done, then this program can be the best way forward.”

    “As well as de-sexing, this program includes microchipping and registration , so there are possible savings of around $200, depending if it’s a male or female cat.”

    BOOKINGS :

    To book cats in for the de-sexing program, residents should come to the Civic Centre bringing their blue pension card, cat details and proof of address.

    The microchipping and de-sexing work will be completed by the Summer St Vet Clinic.

    The program began 6 March and will run until the $6,000 is allocated.


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  • Orange excited to share in Baton relay

    22 days ago
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    Orange mayor John Davis OAM has welcomed the announcement that the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Orange on the way to the 2018 Common wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

    “From now until April next year people across Australia will be getting more and more excited about Australia hosting the Commonwealth Games,” Cr John Davis said.

    “For many Australians the Baton Relay will be the sign of the games drawing closer , and for Orange to be a part of the journey is tremendous.”

    “After the national announcement, planning can now get under way in earnest for the community events... Continue reading


    Orange mayor John Davis OAM has welcomed the announcement that the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Orange on the way to the 2018 Common wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

    “From now until April next year people across Australia will be getting more and more excited about Australia hosting the Commonwealth Games,” Cr John Davis said.

    “For many Australians the Baton Relay will be the sign of the games drawing closer , and for Orange to be a part of the journey is tremendous.”

    “After the national announcement, planning can now get under way in earnest for the community events in Orange to mark the visit of the Baton on the morning of Tuesday 30 January 2018.

    "Visits are planned to Calare Public School, Orange High, the Civic Square/Museum forecourt and the Anzac Park sports precinct.

    "People will also be lining the streets as the Baton is run through the streets of Orange. It will be in Orange for only two or three hours, but on that day Orange will be in the brief focus of an international spotlight, and we’ll be making the most of it.”

    “It’s also great news that around twenty central west residents will be able to take a turn carrying the Baton when it comes to Orange. An online community nomination program is now under way that will let anyone be nominated. As long as you’re aged ten and over you can be nominated and independent panels in each state will have the tough job of assessing those nominations and choosing who will take part.”

    The relay will begin at Buckingham, Palace next weekend on Commonwealth Day (13 March 2017) when her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will place her message to the Commonwealth into the GC20-18 Baton.
    Unlike the Olympic Games torch relay which saw runners pass a flame between many
    batons during its journey, there will only be one GC2018 baton which will be passed
    from runner to runner.

    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest relay in
    history, in total spanning 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

    From London, the Queen’s Baton will travel through Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean,
    Europe, Asia and Oceania, spending between two and four days in each Commonwealth
    nation and territory. It’s estimated this will give one third of the world’s population the
    opportunity to share an experi4ence with the Baton.

    The Baton will arrive in Australia in December 2017 and then reach the Gold Coast for
    the Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

    Nominations to be a batonbearer and now open and will run until 15 May via the
    GC2018 website. https://www.gc2018.com

    BATON: Orange Mayor John Davis with one of the Sydney Olympics torch relay baton's that passed through Orange in 2000.
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  • Women’s group aims to help migrants

    24 days ago
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    People from a range of countries and cultures are encouraged to share their experiences with others at the fortnightly Women’s Arts and Sewing Circle.

    Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Ron Gander said the group is an opportunity for new arrivals to Orange to practice English and meet others with similar backgrounds.
    It also acts as a conduit to other services.

    “It’s difficult to meet people and find out about the range of services available if English is not your first language, but the women who go to the Women’s Arts and Sewing Circle are there to help,” Cr... Continue reading


    People from a range of countries and cultures are encouraged to share their experiences with others at the fortnightly Women’s Arts and Sewing Circle.

    Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Ron Gander said the group is an opportunity for new arrivals to Orange to practice English and meet others with similar backgrounds.
    It also acts as a conduit to other services.

    “It’s difficult to meet people and find out about the range of services available if English is not your first language, but the women who go to the Women’s Arts and Sewing Circle are there to help,” Cr Gander said.

    “Anyone who has recently arrived to Orange from another country is welcome and it’s a great opportunity to share your culture with others.”

    Migrant Support Officer Anni Gallagher was the group’s host and said she could help women apply for government assistance, apply for jobs, access education courses but importantly the group gives people a social outlet, where in some cases there might have been none.

    “In the past I’ve come across women who have been sitting at home for months on end while their husbands work because they don’t speak English confidently and don’t know anyone in Orange,” she said.

    “But I’ve seen some of these women come to the sewing circle and make lifelong friendships in the group and then go on to help others come out of their shell and really engage with the community.”

    Kalkidan Mwadaani came to Orange from Ethiopia 17 years ago. She said she was young when she left Ethiopia and does not have strong memories of her home country but loves the opportunity to share her culture with the group.

    She said it strengthens her own understanding and appreciation for her culture.

    “I love sharing my culture because there’s not a lot of Ethiopian culture in Orange,” she said.
    “I enjoy sharing what I know and bringing in items from my home country.”

    The Women’s Arts and Sewing Circle meets in the Senior Citizens Centre fortnightly. The next gathering is March 10 from 10am to 12.30pm. Children are welcome.

    FROM ETHIOPIA WITH LOVE: Kalkidan Mwadaani with various items from her home country.
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