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Orange Sustainable Living Week starts on Sunday 29 October 2023 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 talks on electric vehicles, local energy saving programs and water and waste management in the Orange City.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor, download a SustainableLivingExpo_ExhibitorsPack_2023 or request an Exhibitor’s Pack from the Rotary Club’s Secretary by emailing

Download the Sustainable Living Week Program here

Download the Sustainable Living Expo Program here

Check out our Rotary Club of Orange NSW Facebook page for updates.

On the last 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 near the back entrance to the hospital, 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.

Go to the Banjo Poetry Festival page for the program for the 2024 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival to be held in the Orange and Cabonne region from Saturday 17 February (Banjo’s birthday) to Sunday 25 February 2024, including the Poetry Performance Competitions on Friday 23 February 2024. More details and the 2024 competition entry forms can be viewed HERE

Results of the 2023 National Bush Poetry Performance Championships can be viewed on the Australian Bush Poets Association website.

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


Len Banks – “The garden wedding”


Celia Kershaw – “Career Change”


Doc Derek Bland – “Australia on the Moon”


Celia Kershaw – “Jill and Perce”

Mayor Reg Kidd – “What he would say”

Jim Lamb – “Norman and the snake”

Doc Derek Bland – “The undead swaggie”


Jayne Miller – “Grafton’s NIMBY bridge”

Mark Marusic – “Feline frolics”

Ian Butters – “The way things used to be”


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.