Events

The events calendar provides you with information about upcoming events including workshops, seminars and other events hosted by Regional Development Australia Orana or our partners.

If you are running an event in the region that will assist in building knowledge, leadership and economic development across the region you are invited to promote your event on our event register.

To find out how you can get your event added to the calendar email admin@rdaorana.org.au or call 02 6885 1488.


2015 Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant - Coles, Landcare Australia

Since 2008 Coles has been providing School Garden Grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth groups to help create gardens in their grounds or community, such as bush tucker gardens, water wise

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Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund - Close

Monday 9 March 2015

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, by doing so, make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible.

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Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund - Open

Tuesday 27 January 2015

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, by doing so, make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible.

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Advanced Grant Writing Seminar - Coonamble

Thursday 16th July 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

In this workshop Jamie Young, an experienced grant and tender writer, will show you how to research and
write winning proposals that get funded. Learn what to do and what not to do to get your project attention.
The focus will be on government and major foundation grant writing.

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Advanced Grant Writing Seminar - Dubbo

Wednesday 15th July 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

In this workshop Jamie Young, an experienced grant and tender writer, will show you how to research and
write winning proposals that get funded. Learn what to do and what not to do to get your project attention.
The focus will be on government and major foundation grant writing.

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Advanced Grant Writing Seminar - Griffith

Tuesday 21st July 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

RDA Riverina in conjunction with RAMROC and REROC will host Jamie Young, Business and Technology Professional with 25+ years experience.

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Advanced Grant Writing Seminar - Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 22nd July 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

RDA Riverina in conjunction with RAMROC and REROC will host Jamie Young, Business and Technology Professional with 25+ years experience.

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Agrifood Skills Solutions - Process Efficiency Workshop

Friday 29th May 2015

Gain practical knowledge to make a real difference in your business:


  • Cut operational costs

  • Enhance efficiency

  • Reduce waste

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Applications open for NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships

The NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships are offered by the State Government to support young artists from regional NSW to undertake a self-directed professional development program or project in their chosen field.

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ARF Small Grants Program - The Australian Rechabite Foundation

The ARF’s small grants program supports research projects which will contribute evidence for policies

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Australia Post One Netball Community Awards: Nominations now open!

Australia Post and Netball Australia are calling on Netball Clubs and Associations to nominate their local inclusion champions for the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards.

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Business News from the Australian Government

For the latest news from business.gov.au pop onto the webpage.

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Christmas Closures

25th December - 3rd January

RDA Orana will be closed for the Christmas period.

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Claim the Date – Orana Outlook Dinner

Thursday 22nd October 2015

Invitation only.

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Climate Change Workshops

Thursday 26 February 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM and Friday 27 February 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Commonwealth Bank - Community Grants - Commonwealth Bank of Australia

To support initiatives that are youth-focused community organisations across Australia.

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Community Building Partnership Program - Applications Close

5.00pm Friday 18th July 2014

Applications for the 2014 Community Building Partnership program are currently being accepted. Applications will close at 5.00pm on Friday 18 July 2014. Strictly no late applications will be accepted.

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Community Building Partnership Program - Applications Open

Friday 13th June 2014

Applications for the 2014 Community Building Partnership program are currently being accepted. Applications will close at 5.00pm on Friday 18 July 2014. Strictly no late applications will be accepted.

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Community Clean Energy Forum

Thursday 13th November 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The a panel discussion is being held with Q&A to share information on Clean Energy and how you can take part at Wellington at the Civic Centre, 4-8 pm on 6th Nov and Dubbo at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, 6-8 pm on 13th Nov.

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Coonamble Learner Driver Program

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Birrang will be conducting a FREE 5 week Program in Coonamble.


Driving Lessons will be available for those who have or get their L’s.


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Dubbo College Careers Expo

Tuesday 23rd July 2015 8:30AM - 1:00PM

Dubbo College are having a careers expo on Thursday 23rd July.

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Dubbo National Stronger Regions Information Session

Wednesday 27 January, 3.00pm to 4.30pm

Dubbo City Council, Conference Room
Ground Floor Central
Cnr Church and Darling Streets, DUBBO
Registration: Eventbrite
PASSWORD: NSRF_Dubbo

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Emissions Reduction Fund – how to participate in the next auction

Wednesday 17th June - Tuesday 30th June 2015

Workshop schedule: Registration is free, but places are limited. Online registration is now open.

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Energy Management Basics training for the Orange SME business community

Tuesday 10 March 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Wednesday 11 March 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This practical and interactive training course is designed to assist businesses in understanding their energy use, collect and manage data, and reduce costs through greater efficiency.

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Environmental Education Grants - Expressions of Interest Close

Friday 10 April 2015 5:00 PM

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage are offering grants of $5,000 to $100,000 for community organisations, non-profit organisations and government authorities to support educational projects that develop or widen the community's knowledge of, skills in, and commitment to protecting the environment.

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Environmental Education Grants - Expressions of Interest Open

Tuesday 31 March 2015

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage are offering grants of $5,000 to $100,000 for community organisations, non-profit organisations and government authorities to support educational projects that develop or widen the community's knowledge of, skills in, and commitment to protecting the environment.

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Event Rolls out Welcome Mat for New Residents

Thursday 7 May 6:00pm

Residents new to the City are invited to attend Dubbo City Council’s New Residents’ Night at 6pm on Thursday, 7 May 2015 where they will be welcomed by Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Mathew Dickerson at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

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Export Workshops for 2015

Thursday 19 February 2015

Export workshops to be delivered in the Central West /Orana region - 19 February 2015 - Dubbo

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Farm Gate Tours

Wednesday 11 March 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Farm Gate Tours

Wednesday 18 March 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Festivals Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund - The Australia Council

The Regional Festivals Project Fund supports the inclusion of an arts project at festivals in regional and remote Australia.

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Fine Food and Wine Festival this November

Sunday 22 November 2015

We are searching for site holders for the new Food and Wine Festival in Penrith!

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First race in Australia’s richest MTB series starts Sunday 15 February in Orange NSW

15 February 2015

Australia’s richest mountain biking series, the Evocities MTB Series, starts on Sunday 15 February with the staging of the Ginja Ninja 250 in Orange in New South Wales.

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Free professional guidance for not-for-profit Treasurers

The Mentor the Treasurer program is now available to assist Treasurers of not-for-profit organisations. Through this unique program, qualified CPAs volunteer their time and expertise to mentor treasurers of small not-for-profit organisations.

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FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

FRRR and Heywire are proud to again collaborate to help communities take action on the great ideas generated by the 38 young Australians who attended the 2015 Heywire Regional Youth Summit.

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Funding for Sporting Schools

26th May 2015

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said sporting opportunities for children were set to expand now that local primary schools could apply for funding through the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.

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Grants for NFPs supporting disadvantaged youth

UN LTD, the foundation representing Australia’s media, marketing and advertising industry, is calling on charities dedicated to UNdoing youth disadvantage to submit proposals for support in 2015.

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Grower Workshops on Multi-Peril Crop Insurance

Tuesday 24th March - Thursday 26th March

Latevo International, an Australian-owned crop insurance company, invites you to attend a Workshop on Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI), at the following locations across Australia.

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HESTA Community Sector Awards - HESTA

The awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector. It is an opportunity ...

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Inaugural Orana Outlook Dinner

Friday 21st November 2014 6:00PM

Regional Development Australia Orana invite you to the Inaugural Orana Outlook Dinner at the Savannah Function Centre, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

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Industry Skills Fund - Growth Stream

Monday 19 January 2015

The $476 million Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream (the Fund) is a key element in the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and will deliver up to 200,000 training places and training support services over four years. The Fund provides Australian businesses with access to training so that they are better placed to succeed in a rapidly changing economy.

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Invitation: Energy Management Basics training for the Orange SME business community

10 March 2015 | 5:45pm for 6.00pm – 9:00pm &
11 March 2015 | 7:45am for 8:00am – 11:00am

Every minute you don’t invest in energy efficiency you’re losing money.


We are pleased to invite you to participate in the training course – Energy Management Basics. This is a practical and interactive course designed to assist businesses understand their energy use, collect and manage data, use energy more efficiently and reduce the cost of energy bills.

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Living Safe Together program - Australian Government

The objective of this grants programme is to support community-based, non-government and local government organisations to develop new and innovative services to help individuals move away

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Mudgee Business Expo

Friday 26th September 2014

The Mudgee Business Expo will be all about providing quality information to the community so we can work smarter, not harder.

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National Stronger Regions Fund Information Sessions

Tuesday 26th May 2015 2:00PM - 3:00PM

  • The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities.

  • The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing 2015-16.

  • Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or an extension to existing infrastructure.
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New online resources help small businesses choose the right business structure and understand director’s responsibilities

Recently, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Department of Industry and Science released a suite of new online resources to help small business operators make key decisions regarding the running of their businesses.

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New Scholarships for Rural Arts Leaders

Friday 22nd May 2015

Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes, has invited aspiring arts leaders living in regional and rural Australia to apply for a new scholarship to further develop their leadership skills.

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OEC Scholarship Fund

For the first time, OEC is offering a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year to a person from western NSW who has applied to study at an accredited Australian university or registered training organisation, which may include apprenticeships and/or traineeships.

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Orana iHemp Markets Forums

Monday 13th October 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Industrial Hemp (iHemp) may have the potential to be the next big market for the agricultural sector, but with all the hype it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

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Rangelands Carbon Conference

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Rangelands Carbon Conference has a broad agenda to address all aspects of the emerging carbon economy in the Australian Rangelands.

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RAS Foundation Scholarships for 2015 Academic Year: Applications close

Applications Close 30 September 2014

Rural Scholarship are now open for 2015, Rural Scholarships are targeted at a tertiary level – TAFE, VET courses and University.

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RAS Foundation Scholarships for 2015 Academic Year: Now Open, calling for applicants

Applications close 30 September 2014

Rural Scholarship are now open for 2015, Rural Scholarships are targeted at a tertiary level – TAFE, VET courses and University.

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RASF Community Future Grant seeking applications!

The RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant Program encourages and champions rural youth leadership through the provision of up to $25,000 to fund community projects that address a need or issue in your town. We fund projects in rural and regional NSW that will result in enhanced social and economic outcomes for the wider community.

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RASF Community Kitchen

Do you have a community facility that needs a new kitchen?

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Regional Achievement & Community Awards – Nominations Close

Thursday 31st July 2014

The Regional Achievement & Community Awards for NSW and the ACT are about recognising rural and regional achievers in your community.

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Regional Achievement & Community Awards – Nominations Open

Thursday 22nd May 2014

Launched @ Best Western Sanctuary Inn - TAMWORTH

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Regional Achievement & Community Awards Gala Awards Presentation

Saturday 1st November 2014

Wagga Wagga RSL - WAGGA WAGGA

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Regional Achievement & Community Awards Judging

Thursday 18th September 2014

The Regional Achievement & Community Awards for NSW and the ACT are about recognising rural and regional achievers in your community.

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Regional Workforce Capacity Forum – Coonamble

Thursday 16th October 2014 11:00AM - 2:00PM

Urbis has been commissioned by Regional Development Australia – Orana NSW (RDA Orana NSW) to undertake research into the workforce capacity of the Orana region.

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Regional Workforce Capacity Forum – Dubbo

Wednesday 15th October 2014 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Urbis has been commissioned by Regional Development Australia – Orana NSW (RDA Orana NSW) to undertake research into the workforce capacity of the Orana region.

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Regional Workforce Planning Forum – Mudgee

Friday 17th October 2014 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Urbis has been commissioned by Regional Development Australia – Orana NSW (RDA Orana NSW) to undertake research into the workforce capacity of the Orana region.

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Relax and Rejuvenate Retreat - Gundair Homestead, Tooraweenah

Saturday 16 May - Sunday 17 May 2015

The free retreat offers a short break where you can have a massages or two, remember your skills to deal with stress and learn new steps to put in place to deal with everyday life issues.

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Relax and Rejuvenate Retreat - Riverside Caravan Park, Nyngan

Saturday 30 May - Sunday 31 May 2015

The free retreat offers a short break where you can have a massages or two, remember your skills to deal with stress and learn new steps to put in place to deal with everyday life issues.

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Scholarships for charitable non-profit employees enhance management skills

The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) supports the ASF initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations by offering up to five full scholarships for employees of charitable not-for-profit organisations to study one of AIM's Top Rated Short Course programs, throughout 2015.

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Small Biz Bus - Lightning Ridge

Wednesday 24th June 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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Small Biz Bus - Walgett

Thursday 25th June 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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Small Biz Visiting the Region

Monday 16 March and Tuesday 17 March 2015

The Small Biz Bus takes experienced advisors all over NSW to give face-to-face, personalised advice to small businesses. What you tell us and what we advise you is confidential. And it’s all at no cost to you.

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Small Grants Program (under $5000) - Mercy Foundation

The Mercy Foundation offers a Small Grants Program once a year. Small grants are provided for a range of social justice and community initiatives and are not limited to a focus on homelessness

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Solar Pumping and Energy Efficiency Workshop

Friday November 27 10:30am

Learn about energy savings, hybrid irrigation systems for solar/grid and solar/diesel for irrigators.

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Solar Pumping and Energy Efficiency Workshop

Friday December 4 10:30am

Learn about energy savings, hybrid irrigation systems for solar/grid and solar/diesel for irrigators.

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Sourcing Safe Products Webinar

Tuesday 12th May 2015 12:00PM - 1:00PM

To help you find out how to buy safe and sell safe, the ACCC is holding a free and interactive webinar on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

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Take part in the 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey

The support of rural and regional organisations around Australia is critical to the Regional Wellbeing Survey, which is conducted by the University of Canberra. We commit to making the survey results publicly available, and to producing results for every community and group from which we receive more than 100 responses (you can access last year’s results here).

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Up to $50K available for registered charity community grants

The foundation says it is looking to support charity-run, grassroots initiatives that make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of communities across metropolitan and regional areas of Australia.

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VET Scholarships for 2015 Academic Year - Applications Close

Sunday 22 February 2015

Scholarships are up to $5,000 for full-time study $2,500 for part-time study.
Students could be studying at a registered VET institution e.g. College or TAFE courses, on campus or by distance learning.

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VET Scholarships for 2015 Academic Year - Applications Open

Monday 16 February 2015

Scholarships are up to $5,000 for full-time study $2,500 for part-time study.
Students could be studying at a registered VET institution e.g. College or TAFE courses, on campus or by distance learning.

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Volunteering: a Community Conversation and Workshops

Monday 20 April - Thursday 7 May 2015

You are all invited to participate in community conversations on volunteering to be held across NSW from Monday 20 April to Thursday 7 May, both face to face and online.

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Wellington Shire SpringFest Community Grant Fund

If your organisation seeks financial support to carry out projects/activities which would benefit people living in the Wellington Shire, we invite you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOIs) for consideration by the SpringFest Committee.

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Women Out West Conference & Expo and Awards for Outstanding Women - Nominations Close

Monday 30th September 2014

"Celebrating the region's most Inspirational Women, Orana, Central West and Far West Regions of New South Wales."

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Women Out West Conference & Expo and Awards for Outstanding Women - Nominations Open

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

"Celebrating the region's most Inspirational Women, Orana, Central West and Far West Regions of New South Wales."

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