YOUR SAY | Readers’ comments on Orange’s biggest stories – September 3-9

THE Central Western Daily always wants to hear the thoughts and views of its readers, and here’s the proof.

We have searched our website and Facebook page and compiled the following selection of the comments you – our readers – made on the biggest and best stories of the week.

FUNERAL PARLOUR CALLS ON PEOPLE TO COLLECT 297 LOVED ONES’ REMAINS

ASHES TO ASHES: Funeral director Jasmine Wilkins holds some of the oldest boxes of remains stored in cupboards at the funeral parlour. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0906jkashes1

ASHES TO ASHES: Funeral director Jasmine Wilkins holds some of the oldest boxes of remains stored in cupboards at the funeral parlour. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0906jkashes1

An Orange funeral parlour is appealing for people to collect the ashes of family members from cremations dating back to the 1960s. Norman J Penhall Funerals has several cupboards full of boxes containing the ashes of 297 people who have not been claimed.

“Maybe people just can’t handle the thought of collecting - grief is a very strange and powerful emotion. Could you list the names of who is there? Maybe people don’t know they are still sitting there” – Cin Culverson

DRIVER ON PATH TO FACEBOOK HAMMERING: FLOOD OF CRITICISM FOR ILLEGAL PARK

OUT OF PLACE: The parked car which infuriated so many people on social media last week. Photo: FACEBOOK

OUT OF PLACE: The parked car which infuriated so many people on social media last week. Photo: FACEBOOK

The inability of some Orange motorists to safely and legally park their cars has long been a talking point, especially on social media. But the effort of one motorist, published in a Facebook post, seems to have stoked the fires of anger more than most.

“I wouldn’t expect anything less in the Woolworths car park. With no or barely visible directional arrows for traffic flow, and a lack of clear signage, people just do what they want in there. It’s a dangerous free for all” – Janelle Weymouth

‘IT WASN’T WELL LEASED’: SUMMER CENTRE REFURB TO CONNECT WITH REST OF CBD

IN THE PLANNING:  A suggested development concept for the vacant Summer Centre land, from CBRE Retail Investments.

IN THE PLANNING: A suggested development concept for the vacant Summer Centre land, from CBRE Retail Investments.

A Sydney-based developer hopes to give the Summer Centre the “tender, loving care” it needs to serve Orange’s food and retail scene. Paul Saunders, of Saunders Global, and Oscars Hotels founder Bill Gravanis bought the 2.1-hectare property for more than $22 million in February.

“The Summer Centre has been one of the most underutilised precincts in the CBD for 20 years. It should be full of small, boutique stores, servicing those who live near that end of the CBD and just want to duck into town without driving” – Mel Noakes

SAM ROMANO DEFEATS JOANNE MCRAE IN ORANGE COUNCIL’S DEPUTY MAYORAL VOTE

CHOSEN: Councillor Sam Romano will be Orange's deputy mayor for the next 123 months.

CHOSEN: Councillor Sam Romano will be Orange's deputy mayor for the next 123 months.

Orange has returned to all-male senior leadership with the election of councillor Sam Romano as deputy mayor on Tuesday night. Four candidates contested the vote: Cr Romano, incumbent Joanne McRae and councillors Kevin Duffy and Scott Munro.

“Unbelievable result. Councillor McRae is one of the few more articulate, well-researched, hard working and genuine councillors currently in office. Apparently she is a threat to the establishment. How sad that is, and discouraging for other aspiring female councillors” – Neil Jones

STATE DECIDES PROBLEM POOCHES WILL INCUR $195 ANNUAL FEE

LAW CHANGE: American pitbull terriers will incur a $195 annual fee as of next year. Photo: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

LAW CHANGE: American pitbull terriers will incur a $195 annual fee as of next year. Photo: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Owners of dogs the state government deems to be dangerous will be slapped with an annual fee of almost $200. In a bid to disincentivise owning American pitbull terriers, pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas, as well as Argentinean and Brazilian fighting dogs, councils will begin collecting $195 a year from July 1, 2019.

“Why not put some effort into making sure dogs are microchipped, registered and owners keep the details updated to start with, then councils might have a chance of imposing some fines on irresponsible owners whose dogs end up in the pound and are not collected” – Karen Craig

VILLAGE’S ISSUES NO LAUGHING MATTER AS FAR AS HAMISH AND ANDY ARE CONCERNED

INTRODUCTIONS: Verity Middleton of the Cudal News meeting Hamish Blake and Andy Lee on Monday.

INTRODUCTIONS: Verity Middleton of the Cudal News meeting Hamish Blake and Andy Lee on Monday.

Hamish Blake, along with his comedy partner Andy Lee, helped put Cudal on the map (and Orange in its place) with an interview with a journalist that aired online on Monday night. Verity Middleton of the Cudal News was given the opportunity to speak to the pair.

“Very well done, Verity. A great interview, you did yourself and your village proud. When are you heading our way to see it for yourselves, Hamish and Andy?” – Brad Williams

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