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Coonabarabran educator awarded for her dedication

Castlereagh Family Day Care educator Ellen Mahne has been named as a regional winner in the 2018 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards for the Dubbo and Central region and is thrilled with the honour. “Family Day Care has opened so many doors for me in my life, both professionally and personally,” Ellen said. Since becoming an educator, she has…

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Videos showcasing our diversity

A series of videos to showcase the region’s vast array of residents was also launched at the summit. Produced by Geagle Productions, the five short films are a new aspect of RDA Orana Regional Recruitment Marketing Support for Employers initiative. They cover a cross section of the region’s lifestyle and employment options featuring people who moved for employment purposes or…

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International tourism booming

Overseas tourists are flocking to rural and regional NSW in greater numbers than ever before, according to the latest International Visitor Survey. The survey shows that rural and regional NSW has achieved its highest number of overseas visitors on record, with 852,500 international visitors staying 14.7 million nights and spending $1.05 billion during 2017. Visitor numbers grew by 11 per…

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Service access vital to retaining country communities

To understand the services picture in our smallest towns, the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) reviewed the long term change in the availability of services delivery professionals in these communities across 30 years from 1981 to 2011, measuring the number of doctors, nurses, dentists, police officers, psychologists, teachers, paramedics and social welfare professionals in small towns in 1981 and again in…

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The Orana region: A place to call home

In the past decade, the Orana region has become a hub for skilled migration, with local communities providing as many reasons to make the move as potential job opportunities. Dubbo resident Jose Sunny (pictured) received a warm welcome from the locals when he first arrived in the regional city in 2008 after being advised it would be a difficult transition.…