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Orange Sustainable Living Week starts on Sunday 29 May 2022 with the Sustainable Living Expo, which brings together exhibitors providing information and ideas on how you can be more sustainable. They include reducing waste, increasing recycling, more efficient use of water, electric vehicles, biodiversity, climate change and the environment.

There will also be a range of speakers at the Expo, including the well-known Craig Reucassel from “The War on Waste” and “The Fight for Planet A – Our Climate Change Challenge” ABC TV programs.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor, request an Exhibitor’s Pack from the Rotary Club’s Secretary by emailing contact@rotarycluboforange.org.au

During the week following the Expo, activities include a School Sustainable Cooking Competition, Wetlands guided walks, Community Revegetation planting at Waratah’s Wetlands and further activities that will be added as they are confirmed. Check out our Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/rotarycluboforange/

On the third Friday of each month, the Rotary Club of Orange sells BBQ lunches at the Orange Health Service (The Hospital) on Forest Road. We will be on the grass near the front car parks if it is fine, and if it is raining, we may not be there at all. Come and buy an egg and bacon roll or a sausage sandwich (with free onions if you like) and a drink between 11 am and 1.30 pm.

Keep an eye out for the program for the 2023 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival to be held in Orange from Friday 17 February (Banjo’s birthday) to Sunday 26 February 2023, including the National Bush Poetry Performance Championships on 23 and 24 February 2023. More details and the 2023 competition entry forms can be viewed here

Results of the 2022 Youth Poetry Competition can be viewed on the Australian Bush Poets Association website.

Here are some of the poems from previous competitions for your enjoyment:

2015

Len Banks – “The garden wedding”

2016

Celia Kershaw – “Career Change”

2017

Doc Derek Bland – “Australia on the Moon”

2018

Celia Kershaw – “Jill and Perce”

Mayor Reg Kidd – “What he would say”

Jim Lamb – “Norman and the snake”

Doc Derek Bland – “The undead swaggie”

2019

Jayne Miller – “Grafton’s NIMBY bridge”

Mark Marusic – “Feline frolics”

Ian Butters – “The way things used to be”

2020

Eric Yeomans – “The veteran”

Dinka Dekaris – “Refugee”

Elliot Stuart – “I used to live in the city”

Lucy Ward – “Our family holidays”

Ian Butters – “No laughing matter”

David Bolstad – “Bride and Groom”

The Rotary Club of Orange welcomes new members. If you are interested in doing some hands-on community service while getting to know a wider circle of friends, then give us a call. We welcome men and women of all ages with no obligation to join until you are really satisfied that it is for you. Check out the range of activities we are involved in throughout this web site.