ORANGE'S increasingly younger population is moving further from the age of its representation, pushing its younger councillors to encourage more young people to stand.
The NSW Office of Local Government has compiled information about the state's 128 councils, comparing them with other councils of their type.
Orange has been compared with other regional towns and cities, which showed 28 per cent of its residents were aged 0-19, compared to 25 per cent for the group average.
Similarly, 50.3 per cent are aged 20-59 years while the group average remains at 48.8 per cent.
Meanwhile, only 21.7 per cent of people were aged 60 and older, compared to 26.2 per cent in the group.
But the city's councillor profile was quite different when compared to the state average.
The thing about being on council is you're one vote in 12, but there's been a lot of decisions I've been part of.Councillor Jason Hamling
While fewer were aged older than 60 - 25 per cent in Orange compared to 40 per cent across NSW - the 31-59 years age group dominated, at 75 per cent.
Across the state, 31-59-year-olds typically account for 56 per cent of councillors, with 4 per cent aged 30 or younger.
Cr Hamling, who was first voted to the council in his early thirties when his first son was a newborn baby, said he supported more younger people standing as candidates.
He said being in the chamber could be intimidating at first but encouraged others not to be deterred.
"I thought I was so out of my depth and 'what have I done?' ," he said.
"But after you get to learn how the meeting process goes and you have your say, you get comfortable."
Asked what he initially brought to the role as a young person, Cr Hamling said he was himself.
"I came from Glenroi and went to Canobolas High and Glenroi [Heights Public School]," he said.
"I thought I represented sport and sporting facilities hadn't been touched in awhile."
Cr Hamling was part of decisions to build Orange Aquatic Centre and Sir Neville Howse Stadium at Anzac Park.
"My boys are sport mad and they're used the indoor sports centre and when we build the indoor cricket centre, they'll use that too," he said.
"The thing about being on council is you're one vote in 12, but there's been a lot of decisions I've been part of."
First-time councillor Mario Previtera said younger councillors could bring a fresh perspective.
"I think as you get older, you get more conservative so younger people bring a fresher mind," he said.
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