New Orange residents have been invited to a free lunch as an opportunity to meet people “in the same boat” and to find out more about the services and amenities offered in Orange.
Orange City Council Mayor John Davis said The New Resident Welcome Lunch was last held two years ago.
The next one, on Sunday February 26, is open to anyone who has moved to Orange within that time.
“People tend to move to regional areas to be a part of the community,” Cr Davis said.
“People want to get involved and join sporting groups, for example, so this is a great chance to learn where to find those groups and how to contact them.
“Sometimes it can be hard to crack open a community and it can be a little daunting to make new friends.
“The New Resident Welcome is a casual get together. I’ll be there to answer any questions you might have.
“You might want to talk about childcare options, where to find the best walking tracks, how to meet up with fellow cyclists, runners or car enthusiasts, or just meet some new families in the same boat.”
The lunch is at the Orange Botanic Gardens, at Yellowbox Way, from 11am-1pm.
Call the council’s events officer by Wednesday, February 22 on 6393 8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
Brand Orange executive officer Rhonda Sear said new residents were also encouraged to get involved in a volunteering program.
Twelve new residents were among volunteers working at the Robertson Park market on Friday night.
“It gives them the opportunity to engage with people at what is a fun event,” she said.
“It also introduces them to people. It helps you develop your professional database and network and meet new friends.”