Help name Orange’s Guide Dog puppy!

Help name Orange’s Guide Dog puppy!

In March, the community of Orange successfully fundraised the $35,000 needed to breed, raise and train a Guide Dog, and to celebrate Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is calling on locals to help choose a name for the pup.

Building Resilience in Anxious Adolescents

Building Resilience in Anxious Adolescents

An information evening for parents, carers, teachers and allied educators, understanding brain development in adolescents and the challenges during this critical phase
 

Mayor welcomes new Govt office

Mayor welcomes new Govt office

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

Naylor Pavilion officially open

Naylor Pavilion officially open

The recently completed $1.6 million pavilion at the Orange Showground is being used for the first time as the 145th annual Orange Show is underway this weekend. 
 

A night at the museum

A night at the museum

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. 

COMMUNITY SAY ON BUDGET

COMMUNITY SAY ON BUDGET

The draft Orange City Council budget delivers a $1.9 million surplus, increases funding for footpaths, provides more than $100,000 to community events, facilities and charities and includes more than $40 million in capital works.

$1 MILLION REASONS TO MOVE TO REGIONAL NSW

$1 MILLION REASONS TO MOVE TO REGIONAL NSW

Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and Western New South Wales, Rick Colless MLC is encouraging community organisations to apply for the NSW Government’s $1 million Regional Growth –Marketing and Promotion Fund to encourage young workers and families to make a city change to Regional NSW

Chance for residents to check plans for fire levy

Chance for residents to check plans for fire levy

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. 
 

Extra Summer St traffic : a reminder of bypass value

Extra Summer St traffic : a reminder of bypass value

The higher numbers of heavy trucks in the main street of Orange this week are a timely reminder of the value of Orange City Council’s decision to build the northern bypass, according to Orange mayor John Davis.
 

LIBRARY NEWS

LIBRARY NEWS

Jessica Wright: Gap Year Author Talk

 

Fotorise Me Madam explores the highs and lows of living in a small, remote Malawian town through the eyes of a young Australian volunteer teacher Jessica Wright. From a collection of personal experiences and interpretations as well as facts, the story gives a glimpse into Malawian culture, language and history. Meet 23 year-old Jessica when she talks about her gap year in Malawi at Orange City Library on Wednesday 26 April at 5.30pm. Bookings on eventbrite.com or call 6393 8132.

 

Julie Ankers Feisty Fabulous and 50+ Author Talk at Central West Libraries

 

Meet the author of Feisty, Fabulous & 50+, Julie Ankers, at Orange City Library on Monday 8th May at 12.30pm, Forbes Library on Tuesday 9th May at 2pm and Cowra Library on Wednesday 10th May at 2pm.

 

Feisty, Fabulous & 50+ is a collection of 21 'warts and all' autobiographical stories of women navigating their way through their 50s and beyond. The stories are inspirational, frank and uplifting as each woman tackles her own set of challenges - from financial security to discrimination to life-threatening illnesses - all recounted with humour, insight and self-depreciation, and demonstrating the under-stated strength and resilience of these fabulous women

 

Julie is an entrepreneur with a passion for promotion and developing people, which is why she started a speakers and trainers bureau 24 years ago as well as a company focusing on retaining mature age workers and building effective age-inclusive workforces. This kick-started her interest in the over 50s, especially women who have been disadvantaged by age and gender.

 

Three years ago Julie decided to make a tree change and currently lives in the Blue Mountains. She divides her time between 2 x 2 hour radio programs, her various board/committee commitments and writing, – yes, she has already started her second book, this time on the lives of men over 50.

 

Please book your place on Eventbrite.com or with your local library.

 

Orange City Library on Monday 8th May at 12.30pm Ph: 6393 8132.

Forbes Library on Tuesday 9th May at 2pm Ph: 6352 1463

Cowra Library on Wednesday 10th May at 2pm Ph: 6340 2180

 

Pageturners

 

Pageturners Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm to chat about The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa.  Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags and she is no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah, and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they’ll meet it together.

 

Historian Russell Moor Talk on Bloomfield Hospital History

 

Local historian Russell Moor from the Marsden Rural History Research Centre will talk about the history of Bloomfield Hospital. In the formative years of Bloomfield the patients, under the supervision of a dedicated staff, ran the rural enterprises (dairy, piggery, vegetable garden and orchard) associated with servicing the wants of the hospital, as well as supplying the labour force to construct and lay out roads, playing fields, golf links and bowling green. This is a unique story and an important piece of rural and social history accompanied with many photographs both old and recent. If you are interested in history, this talk is for you.

 

Bloomfield Hospital Talk with Russell Moor

Orange City Library

Thursday 11th May at 5.30pm

Bookings through Eventbrite or call 6393 8132

 

Cyber Safety For Older People at OrangeCity Library

 

A representative from the Legal Aid Office in Orange will present a talk on Cyber Safety for Older People at Orange City Library on Monday 15th May from 10am – 11.30am. The event is part of Law Week to raise awareness ofthe law information material available at libraries and to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.  This presentation outlines the common on-line scams, how to identify them and provides practical tips on protecting yourself online. It also covers how to report scams to authorities. For bookings please go to Eventbrite.com or contact the Library on 6393 8132.

 

Navigating Traffic Law in NSW For All Ages at Orange City Library

 

Join in this talk on Wednesday 17th May from 3.30pm – 5pm. The presentation will look at the laws that govern traffic and regulate vehicles. Topics include traffic offences, going to court, penalties and licences. For bookings please go to Eventbrite.com or call 6393 8132.

 

Cyber Safety for Older People at Blayney Library

 

Come along for this talk with a representative from Legal Aid on Thursday 18th May from 11am – 12.30pm. This presentation outlines the common on-line scams, how to identify them and provides practical tips on protecting yourself online. It also covers how to report scams to authorities. For bookings please go to Eventbrite.com or contact the Library on 6368 2581.

 

National Simultaneous Storytime 11am Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 11am

 

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Grades 1 to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework. The shared story that will be read in libraries across Australia is The Cow that Tripped over the Moon by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.  Join in the shared story at Cowra, Molong, Forbes and Orange Libraries.

Waste 2 Art

View the entries in this year’s Waste to Art Community Art Competition and Exhibition for 2017 at Orange City Library from Friday 26 May to Saturday 10th June.  This year’s theme is “Year of Plastic Bags and Soft Plastic Packaging”.  This community art project is a great opportunity for aspiring and professional artists, schools and community groups to showcase their artistry and creativity, by celebrating the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts, and to share their waste reduction message. For further information contact Coordinator Tavia Lyons on 0477 134 615.

 

TechSavvy Seniors Training at Cowra

Older people in the Cowra Community have the opportunity to become connected and participate in the digital world thanks to Tech Savvy Seniors Training available at Cowra Library. Cowra Librarian Caroline Eisenhaeur said the face to face teaching sessions are a wonderful way to learn new online skills. Join one of the small, friendly training group sessions at your local library where you can learn new skills to help you get connected and take the first step to becoming tech savvy. The courses run until the end of the year and include introductions to iPad, email, social media, smartphones, shopping, banking and sharing photos. To book your place for a course that interests you, please contact Cowra Library on 6340 2180.

North Orange bypass to close for a week

North Orange bypass to close for a week

The eastern end of the North Orange bypass will close for about one week as work to upgrade a two kilometre stretch of road is completed. 
 
The section between Icely road and Bathurst Road will close for about a week from Friday to allow a specialised seal to set and cure. 
 
Orange City Council’s Infrastructure Committee Chair Glenn Taylor said traffic would be diverted through Summer Street during the closure except Anzac Day, when heavy vehicles would be diverted through William Street.
 
“We can’t avoid closing the road but we can minimise any disruption to Orange’s Anzac Day services,” Cr Taylor said. 
 
“Summer Street used to be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of heavy vehicles passing through every few minutes and we will have to put up with that again for a short time.”
 
Currently contractors are ripping up 300mm of road base along the two kilometre stretch, adding concrete hardeners, before stabilisation of the pavement and before the seal is added.  
 
The primer seal needs time to set, without being disturbed by traffic, before the final surface is added. 
 
“There will be an inconvenience for people but we said we would get the job done of fixing that road and that’s what we’re doing,” Cr Taylor said. 
 
“Once this section is complete, we’ll be adding a deep layer of hot mix on the road between Astill Drive and Ophir Road. “This will leave only one section, between Hill Street and Clergate Road, to be completed.”
 
“As road building season draws to an end, crews are working flat out across the city.
 
“We’ve got major work happening in Burrendong Way, Clergate Road, the bypass and Ophir Road as well as a realignment of the intersection between Kenna Street and Wentworth Avenue, patching on Pinnacle Road and Canobolas Road, roundabout construction at Woodward and Moulder Street and road upgrades in East Orange are about to start. 
 
“We’re getting on with the job of fixing Orange roads.”