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 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 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 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 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 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 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.”

Work begins on new roundabout

Work begins on new roundabout

Work is underway on Orange’s newest roundabout at the corner of Woodward and Moulder Streets, in a bid to improve traffic flow and the safety of the intersection.

Seismic event in the region of Cadia operation

Seismic event in the region of Cadia operation


At approximately 2.30am on Friday 14 April 2017 a large Seismic event in the region of Cadia operation 25km south of the city of Orange, New South Wales.

No injuries were sustained and in accordance with standard operating procedure, all personnel working in the Cadia East underground mine moved to refuge chambers or safe areas

Newcrest’s geotechnical engineers inspected the mine accesses and certified those areas as safe prior to the movement of personnel to surface. All our people were safely transferred to the surface and mining operations temporarily suspended.

Surface operations were not adversely affected and have continued uninterrupted.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, said “The safety of our people involved in the assessment of damage and remediation activity is paramount, as is the safety of our workforce generally, as we decide when and how mining operations recommence.”

Newcrest has commenced an investigation into the event, supported by several independent parties.

Assessment of impact

An assessment of the damage caused by the seismic event is in progress. The preliminary assessment is that there has been no major damage to the mine and associated infrastructure in the areas inspected. The assessment of Panel Cave 1 (“PC1”) has not been fully completed and the final mine assessment remains subject to further verification

. Newcrest has been working with the New South Wales Mining Inspectorate who has approved access to the mine for the purpose of re-establishing critical services, conducting inspections and undertaking engineering assessments of existing ground support and other key infrastructure. Where damage to ground support has been observed, rehabilitation of these areas has also been approved by the Inspectorate. This rehabilitation work has commenced.

The initial assessment of ground support within the Panel Cave 2 (“PC2”) extraction level and crusher chambers is that the level of damage appears to be minimal. Ongoing work is still required to confirm the integrity of the visually-intact ground support.

PC1 appears to have sustained some damage to the access ways. A cautious approach is being taken to assess any damage to the PC1 extraction level by using a remote-operated camera prior to personnel being permitted into that area. This work is expected to occur over the course of the next few days

. Assessment of fixed plant infrastructure such as crushers and the conveyor system is still ongoing. However, early indications are that minimal damage has been sustained to the PC2 crushers, conveyor system and transfer stations. The PC1 crusher station is still being assessed.

From a services perspective, power has been re-established to around 90% of the mine, the mine de-watering system has been re-started, the mine communication system is fully functional, and the mine ventilation system is presently working at capacity.

Forward work plan for mining operations
The mine is currently subject to a Prohibition Notice from the New South Wales Mining Inspectorate. The forward work plan prior to returning to safe mining operations includes:

  •  cleaning up the access drives and extraction level of PC2;
  • completion of the assessment of damage to the extraction level of PC1;
  • testing of all critical mine infrastructure and the materials handling system;
  •  rehabilitation of any necessary damaged ground-support; and
  • finalisation of a recommencement management plan and approval of it by the Inspectorate.
  • It is too early to be definitive as to how long the abovementioned work will take.

Newcrest acknowledges the strong and proactive engagement of the New South Wales Mining Inspectorate to date and will continue to work closely with the Inspectorate to ensure that the mine is deemed safe before mining operations recommence.

Surface operations

The seismic event did not adversely impact surface operations. Since the seismic event the plant has been processing Cadia East stockpile material, which is expected to be fully consumed during the course of today.

There are substantial low grade stockpiles that the plant will commence processing once the Cadia East stockpile material is consumed.


Cadia is not expected to meet its production guidance for the 2017 financial year. It is too early to be definitive about the impact on the Group’s production guidance for the 2017 financial year.

Once plans for recommencement of mining operations are finalised an updated guidance range for the 2017 financial year will be provided.

The preliminary assessment is that the seismic event is not anticipated to significantly impact Cadia’s production beyond the 2017 financial year.


All activity to date and all future assessment, evaluation and re-start activity will have the safety of our people as our first priority. Mine operations will only recommence when it has been assessed as safe to do so.

“I am thankful that all our people are safe. There is an enormous amount of work underway to safely bring the mine back online,” said Mr Biswas.

Detour plans unveiled for new Orange bridge project

Detour plans unveiled for new Orange bridge project

Proposed solutions aimed at limiting the traffic impact in one of Orange’s busiest streets when a new rail overpass bridge is built, have gone on-show for community comment.
The plans show a number of proposed detours for traffic on Forest Road when work begins later this year to build a new bridge over the railway line.
The $2.5 million project, being managed by Orange City Council, has received a total of $1.25 million in funding through the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program and $1.25 million in funding provided by the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Orange Mayor John Davis said because it will take 12 months to complete the construction project, planning of detours and other ways to minimise the potential impacts is already well under way.
“In a project of this scale, some of the planning that happens to minimise the impact takes the shape of a thorough ‘Review of Environmental Factors’ (REF) assessment, “ Cr Davis said.
“This means a team of consultants looks at not only the bridge itself, but the potential problems that could happen during the construction phase.”
"They’ll be looking at factors including detours around the bridge site, and how best to manage traffic flow when the part of the road-way has to be closed.”
"We want to listen to community views on these matters so the whole REF will be up for comment. Residents and businesses in the area will have the opportunity to have their say. A new community engagement web-site will assist this process."

Proposed detour maps released
The REF examines the Council’s plan to undertake the bridge construction while maintaining traffic through the worksite. With the exception of heavy vehicles, which would be required to detour around the work site, traffic will be maintained through the work site for as long as practically possible and in consideration of Work Health and Safety.
When access across the bridges is closed, traffic would be diverted along Gardiner Road, Anson Street and the southern feeder Road, adding 1.08 kilometres to a journey.
Unrestricted two way traffic will be maintained for as long as practical. Full closure of the road will be necessary but limited to high risk activities such as crane lifts.
The details of the REF outline how traffic would be affected during different stages of the project.
The REF also confirms the council’s plan to evaluate construction tenders on criteria including the contractors’ ability to minimise disruption to all road users.
"Letters will go out to all adjacent property owners. There will be signs, message boards, meetings with Orange Heath Service, Cadia, Orange buses as well as emergency services. We'll be asking the media for assistance and using social media to communicate with residents about any road closures," Cr Davis said.
Construction work is expected to take about 12 months to complete with work in to begin September. "This a major boost to transport infrastructure in Orange that will lead to much better access by heavy transport to these industrial areas. We’ll be asking for the patience of Orange residents when work gets underway but we’ll be doing all we can to minimise the impact of the project," Cr Davis said.

200 to compete in elder Olympics

200 to compete in elder Olympics

14 teams and over 200 eager competitors from around the region will descend on Sir Neville Howse Stadium next Thursday 9 March for the 2017 Central West Elders Olympics.

Women’s group aims to help migrants

Women’s group aims to help migrants

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.



Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has welcomed the passage of legislation providing enhanced protection for small businesses in New South Wales when negotiating retail tenancy leases.



Recent debate around the Orange Bypass has raised important questions around the
future of the road, according Orange City Council Infrastructure Committee Chairman Cr
Glenn Taylor.