WHEN Bec and Nick Blunt were married at Mr Blunt's family farm on Icely Road, the pair discovered the old hay shed made a perfecrt wedding venue.
Six years on, the pair have made the plan reality, starting The Hayshed Wedding and Events.
"We've been considering it since 2014, but the timing was never right and we finally said 'let's do it'," she said.
She said the building was almost 100 years old and until it's recent transformation, it had indeed contained hay, as well as farming equipment.
"It's really rustic and [a farm wedding] is one of those things that not everyone has the opportunity to do," she said.
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IMAGINE going to school and getting paid to do it.
That's what four Orange High School Students are now able to do, thanks to hospitality training they are completing for their HSC.
The Educated Roast opened to the public on Monday after the cafe was constructed at the school's front fence.
Principal Chad Bliss said the school had hired a barista, Carol Duff, to train the four students, who will work, and be paid, from 6am to 9am before starting normal classes.
"There was a steady stream of customers from 6am," he said, pointing out the cafe would continue to operate five days a week, even during school holidays.
The students must complete 700 hours' training in the next two years as part of their course.
Orange Roasting Company, the roaster behind Bill's Beans, is also a partner in the venture.
SEVEN apprentices have joined Newcrest Mining's Cadia Valley Operations for the next four years to receive their trade qualification.
They include electrical apprentices Anna Cartwright, Simon Ewin and Caragh O'Brien, diesel and heavy plant mechanic apprentices Michael O'Neill and Nicholas Horne and fitter machinist apprentices Jacob Sharpe and William McDonald.
They were selected from more than 240 applicants, bringing the total number of apprentices on site to 24.
CVO acting general manager Aaron Brannigan said the Cadia Apprenticeship Program allowed apprentices to rotate between departments and receive specialised training with host partner companies.
Mr Horne said he had wanted to be a heavy plant mechanic since he was in Year 10 and had enjoyed learning the ropes so far.
"I've enjoyed seeing different areas of the site and getting to work on a surface loader," he said.
"I'm looking to learning as much as I can and getting to work underground."
Ms O'Brien said she had never been to a mine prior to starting at Cadia and it had been exciting, but overwhelming.
"I'm taking everything in, as I didn't know anything about mining before starting here. I'm looking forward to learning and gaining experience across a range of areas," she said.
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