WITH spring on the way, a fledgling fashion designer is hoping to make a colourful debut into the market.
Jacqui Hayes moved to Orange 12 months ago after studying fashion design at university and decided to create her own clothes.
She designed them from Orange and had them made in Sydney - the finished products are still being sent back ahead of the October launch.
"To see what I've been working on for such a long time is a really good feeling," she said.
Under the name Barney & Jacq, also named after Miss Hayes' father, the line will include ready-to-wear casual pieces and staples, from shirts and pants through to blazers.
"I'm targeting young working professionals who have that busy lifestyle of going to drinks, going to kids' sport, going to parent-teacher interviews," she said.
"My first season is launching in spring, so it's quite a colourful collection - there's different shades of pink, there's blue-and-white stripes and beige so it's going to be quite fresh."
She will start by selling online and hopes to wholesale to boutiques across the region.
DIESEL & Blue Doggy Day Care will hold an open day on Sunday from 10am until 2pm so families can inspect the facility before the business officially kicks off.
There will be a sausage sizzle and coffee van on the day, with dogs also allowed on leashes.
Owner Danielle Haase said it would be the only opportunity for people to look behind the scenes before the business opened.
"It will help them get a sense of what will go on inside the centre," she said.
She said people had already started booking in to have their pets assessed.
VERTO has become the only training provider between Lithgow and Condobolin to receive the highest-possible rating from government sources.
The not-for-profit's jobactive team received five stars from the federal Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.
VERTO chief executive, Ron Maxwell, said he was proud of the team for the achievement.
"[They] do an outstanding job of assisting local job seekers to enter sustainable employment," he said.
"The five-star rating is reflective of our hard work, commitment and dedication - it is also a win for our employment partners that have assisted us in finding the right opportunities for local workers."
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