MAYORAL MATTERS: First edition of fortnightly column from mayor Reg Kidd

LETTING YOU KNOW: Orange Mayor Reg Kidd - pictured chairing a recent council meeting - will pen a fortnightly column for Central Western Daily readers.
LETTING YOU KNOW: Orange Mayor Reg Kidd - pictured chairing a recent council meeting - will pen a fortnightly column for Central Western Daily readers.

Congratulations to all the successful candidates for the Orange council elections.

May I also thank all the folk who put their names forward as councillors and mayor. Running for public office is not easy and can be very hard on family, friends and your business.

The new council has commenced in earnest with briefings and inductions, and two council meetings have occurred.

The first meeting was recorded and live streamed by the Central Western Daily. Council has now resolved to record and live stream all subsequent meetings.

A STRONGER COMMUNITY

ORANGE City Council has been allocated $1.9 million under the Stronger Country Community (SCC) program.

The NSW Government established this fund to help deliver local infrastructure projects to regional communities. The purpose of the fund is to provide the kind of infrastructure that improves the lives of local residents.

The SCC is one of a number of NSW Government funding opportunities available. Others include Resources for Regions, Regional Cultural Fund, Connecting Country Communities and Growing Local Economies. Council will be pursuing possibilities under all of these grants.

The Government will fund $950,000 worth of projects the first year of the program and $950,000 in the second. Council received a total of $3.6 million of project nominations.

CLUBS CONGRATULATED

ORANGE Waratahs 50th anniversary: What a wonderful contribution this club has made to Orange and district’s sporting life. It was a fantastic evening last Saturday to catch up with so many of the initial instigators of the club.  

Orange City Cricket Club’s 50th anniversary: Another milestone marked over the long weekend and by all accounts, a great time was had by all.

STUDY HARD, BEST WISHES

BEST wishes to all high school students of Orange who over the last few weeks have had their farewell to year 12 functions and are preparing now for the Higher School Certificate exams.

Please remember that the final results are only a small part of your journey now through to various careers. Good luck with the exams.

No doubt you will always have many fond memories of your school days, the many friends you have made and the support from school staff and family.

AN HONOURED GUEST

MR Keizo Takewaka, the consul-general of Japan, was recently in the city.

I had a very productive meeting with him – even though it was a flying visit – discussing trade possibilities, business and of course our long standing Sister City relationship with Ushiku.

Mr Takewaka will be returning soon to spend a few days in our wonderful city.

GREAT LONG WEEKEND             

THE long weekend was certainly busy in Orange, with the world record attempt for the most red heads in one place to raise awareness and funds for Huntington’s Disease.

Although we were not successful in getting the world record, I am sure we will be next year. A fantastic job done by all.

Mayoral Matters will be a fortnightly column