Show cover of The Orange Podcast

The Orange Podcast

Find out more about the work of Orange City Council and the services this local council provides for the residents and community of Orange, in central western NSW.


A former Yellow Wiggle helps Orange City Council boost awareness of AEDs
In this edition, we hear how the life of an internationally-known Australian has taken on a very new direction after a life-changing incident.Former Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, wants to boost community awareness of AEDs, that can be the difference between life and death for some who experiences a cardiac arrest.Orange City Council plans to work with Greg Page's charity 'Heart of the Nation' to save lives in Orange.
13:35 09/15/2022
Orange's biggest ever expansion of public transport, and the Council opens a new pop-up shop
This week, community discussion stepped up about proposals to upgrade Lords Place South. And for the first time, instead of waiting for the community to come to the Council, the Council is taking the message about Lords Place, out to Lords place by opening up a pop-up shop in Lords Place. And, we take a deep-dive into the biggest expansion ever in Orange when it comes to public transport.  There are hundred of new bus routes all equipped with an app to make the journey even slicker, but will that all be enough to make Orange residents take their first bus trip since school? 
15:54 09/09/2022
Council getting in with building a sports precinct despite price changes; players in Orange's live music scene get together to find a better future.
The project to build Orange's new sports precinct is facing extra costs, but the mayor believes it's not the only big project to face the same problems.Also, new research shows Orange has more live music venues than any other central west centre.A new industry forum this week brought venues and performers together to find solutions to the obstacles that prevents more live music happening locally.
21:09 09/02/2022
How governments pay Councils to do their work, And we meet new Council member Mel McDonell.
In this episode, we hear about the the ideas behind the proposed upgrade of Lords Place South. Council CEO David Waddell tells how governments use grants to get local Councils to deliver on their decisions. We find out how you can arrange a gust speaker for your next community group meeting.And we meet new Council member Mel McDonell, and find out about her hopes and dreams for this Council term.
27:40 08/26/2022
Winter Fire Festival begins, Live & Local workshops for music industry set to start
If you’ve driven past Robertson Park in recent days and seen tents and enclosure being assembled, its the first signs of  the Orange Winter Fire Festival in the park getting ready.In this program, we take Orange 360’s Caddie Marshall and Mayor Jason Hamling down to the park to find out why you should venture out this Winter.And, we’ll hear about some new attempts to revitalise our local live music industry. The Winter Fire Festival is on from the 6th to the 14th of August. For more, go to to the Orange City Council and Orange 360 websites.
13:05 08/04/2022
What difference will a brand new building make to Orange's long-established Conservatorium of Music?
In the spotlight this week, a government announcement of some more funding for a new conservatorium that will let music come out of from being hidden in the back streets, to a prime spot at the centre of our community’s civic life. In this episode of the Orange podcast, what difference the construction of a new building will make to the people of Orange?We hear from the NSW Arts Minister, the Mayor and two leaders of our music community.
10:39 07/21/2022
In this program, we'll hear from an internationally-acclaimed artist, a blacksmith and learn more about plans form the Orange Function Centre.
Back in 2020, artist John Olsen visited the Orange Regional Gallery to view the construction site for the new five million dollar extension. He also took the opportunity to view the Gallery’s permanent collection. Mr Olsen was so impressed by what he saw, he spontaneously offered a major painting, a bronze sculpture and four works on paper to the Gallery, works worth hundreds of thousand of dollars.During a recent visit he spoke to reporters  about why people from regional centres need to see their town represented by art.Also this week, local residents urged say what they want to happen with the Orange Function Centre.And we hear from a blacksmith who's working on repairs at the Orange cemetery. He was back recently 
15:34 06/16/2022
Why do government leaders come to Orange to announce major arts funding? And, we learn why a man who works in logistics in the mining industry decided to stand for Orange City Council.
The director of the Gallery of NSW was in Orange this week for a big state government announcement:  The Arts Minister had news of three quarters of a million of dollars to put more touring exhibitions on the road in regional areas.Where do they come for a big announcement? The recently-expanded Orange Regional Gallery that has a great track record of delivering big shows.And why a man who work in logistics in the mining industry, decided to stand for Orange City Council.
19:33 06/10/2022
Meet another new councillor: A local pharmacist. And the man born in Orange who set a an altitude record.
This week on the program, a wrap of key decision at this week's council meeting.We also meet a local pharmacist who decided to run for council.And find out about the Orange-born mountain climber who held a altitude record for 30 years before Mt Everest was topped.
19:23 05/20/2022
This week we meet Dr and Cr, Steve Peterson. And we hear a wrap of the latest Council meeting.
One of the new faces on Orange City Council is a doctor and a quadriplegic. This week we meet Cr Steve Peterson.And we also catch up with Council CEO David Waddell to  find out more about the latest  list of what the Orange community wants the Council to be working on.
22:05 04/22/2022
How Orange's 'Heritage Architect' helps solve old-building dilemmas, and meet new councillor, Jack Evans
Heritage architect David Scobie helps local residents who want to restore their house, navigate the minefield of design, finding suppliers and grants. This week on the Orange Podcast, how some early advice can head off a major kerfuffle.And, Orange City Council's youngest new member reveals how much he's enjoying his new role.
21:42 04/08/2022
Why NSW's rail manager opens a new headquarters in Orange, we chat with new council member David Mallard, nd a big line-up for Orange's newest music festival
 This week, we find out why the company that’s taking charge of keeping the state’s track and trains running has chosen Orange as the place for its new headquarters.Orange has a wine festival and a FOOD week, now Orange’s newest music festival has released it’s latest line up and there’s some names you’ll know. And, we learn why one of Orange’s newly elected councilor, David Mallard, members wants to keep the conversations going with the local community 
23:48 03/25/2022
Orange helps to flush a local creek. Meet a new council member who believes sports brings people together and up-close with the Council's new underground camera.
Orange City Council started releasing more than four megalitres of water from Suma park dam this week. We find out why it's happening.We meet one of the new batch of council members and discover why a new place for mums and bubs to gather in winter is on the cards.And we discover why the Council has bought a new high-tech, remote-control camera that can travel 300 metres along an underground pipe. 
20:24 03/10/2022
Meet Orange's new deputy mayor: Gerald Power. And the ideas behind our latest mural.
When Gerald Power isn't being Orange's new deputy mayor, he's running a tourism business which aims to give visitors from near and far a taste of 50,000 years of indigenous culture. And how Orange’s latest piece of public art, a mural in Anson Street looks very different, depending on how fast you walk by, and how much light there is. 
19:18 02/25/2022
Another approval for the sports precinct; and Yes, Orange does have enough water for the future.
The mayor was delighted with the 'big-picture' approval this week for the proposed new sports precinct.Meanwhile, residents brought their questions along to find out if Orange will have enough water to provide for an even larger population.And we find out about local efforts to protect a rare and endangered plant.
15:23 02/11/2022
Orange land negotiation set to 'change lives'
After years of negotiations, the State Government has agreed to return more than 80 hectares of crown land to the local Land Council. It happened after Orange City Council and the Orange Local Aboriginal Lands Council sat around the negotiating table with officials from the Crown Lands Dept representing the state Government.The government’s new approach was designed to avoid the one-by-one series of native title claims, a process that can take years to sort through in each case.The negotiations put a long list of properties on the table which could be discussed at the one time.
13:23 11/19/2021
Latest series of public murals are set to surprise.
if you happen to take a stroll around the inner city laneways of Orange in the next few days you might be surprised by  the sight of doors and windows that weren't there before. It’s the work of an artist , Catherine O’Donnell, the latest step in the FutureCity upgrade of Orange's CBD. And, it could be sometime before the final approvals are granted to build a new sports precinct and parklands alongside  Sir Jack Brabham Park.But that hasn’t stopped the local little athletics crew starting to get excited . They’re also exploring the technicalities of what could be built there one day. We’ll find out about how an underground installation in the track could deliver lap times automatically.
17:17 11/05/2021
New strategy to guide housing in Orange for the next 20 years
This week a new strategy was unveiled to help guide the future development of housing in Orange for the next 20years.Among its wide-ranging findings, there’s evidence about the biggest sector of home buyers in Orange, and why the market just isn’t building what would suit them the best.And, we find out about a new solution to the very real problem of how a brand new business gets a start when the main street shopfront rents are so high. Coming up this week, how to get a start in a converted container.
15:34 10/22/2021
A local brewery unveils plans to renovate and inner city disused car workshop; and a brand new council office sets the environmental standard.
An Orange business, Badlands Brewery, is the latest to take up the opportunity offered by Orange City Council's decision to change zoning regulations to let niche food & drink makers move into inner-city retail areas. And when a council office burnt down in a fire two years ago, the staff who are about to move in didn't know that the replacement building would set new standards for technology and energy saving.
11:23 10/08/2021
New festoon lights, and the latest on a $5.5M gallery extension.
Orange's newest set of festoon lights, hung over over a car park, are being tested on Friday night (17 Sept) for the first time.The McNamara Street upgrade project is the first stage of Orange's FutureCity program.And we’ll hear from the director of Orange’s regional gallery Brad Hammond to discover why the new gallery extension has him so excited.
14:12 09/17/2021
An EFTPOS card boost for retailers in Orange; and an update on an inner city upgrade.
This week we find out an engineer keeps local business operators onside as he digs up the footpath and roads outside their stores: An update on the upgrade of Lord Place and Byng St.And, last year’s 'Retail Recovery' campaign that gave away a thousand fifty-dollar EFTPOS cards is coming back this year for a second round of much-needed retail therapy, but this time you can also go out of orange to go shopping.
11:29 09/10/2021
Orange residents discover the city's parks they've never been to before
Despite some popular outdoor locations being out-of-bounds during the lockdown, Orange residents are discovering how many other parks and open spaces are there to be enjoyed.  This week how warmer Springtime temperatures are keeping the Orange City Council's parks & gardens crew busy. And why the Orange Regional Museum is making it's next Mondays at the Museum event for children available by video conferencing.
10:48 09/03/2021
Extra help from the Council during lockdown in Orange: Movies and meals.
The routine services Orange City Council provides every week, are being discovered in new ways while the local community is in lockdown.Already worked your way through the entire line-up of movies on Netflix or Stan?  Did you know that a membership with  the Orange City Library gives you FREE access to hundreds of movies through two streaming services?And even more families concerned about their elderly parents during lockdown are discovering Meals on Wheels for the first time.But how does Meals on Wheels happen without its team of volunteers?
15:57 08/27/2021
The work of a little-known crew at Orange City Council made the news this week, when COVID was detected in our sewer system.
There’s a crew at Orange City Council whose work goes completely unnoticed, until you turn on a tap or flush a toilet. But then this week, in the midst of a COVOD pandemic, their work made the news. And we find out what happens next after the first trees are removed, as work finally begins to build a new sporting precinct. The proposed precinct will be developed in a park-like setting, where even the car parks are greener than usual.
15:26 08/19/2021
Are potholes inevitable? We hear from the man managing Orange's pothole repair crews.
With the return of wet weather, pot-holes have returned to the streets of Orange in big numbers.And with them has come a seasonal jump social media discussion with various theories about what they are there.In this episode we hear from Orange City Council's Works Manager who reveals, the tough truth that pot-holes are inevitable.Also in this episode, Orange feels the impact of a COVID outbreak in a neighbouring regional city. 
14:30 08/13/2021
Can Lords Place become an 'Eat Street' for Orange?
This week,  we’ll find out how you can have your say as we think about whether or not the inner city of Orange should have it’s own 'East Street'. And, we’re inching closer to water flowing over the dam wall at Suma Park dam. How far away is milestone and how excited are some water managers....
12:52 07/16/2021
How can Orange businesses tap into the multi-million dollar online spending by locals?
How can Orange businesses tap into the multi-million dollar online spending by locals?This week,  we’ll find out how Orange City Council has planted 18 thousand trees.We'll discover why the council wants to pay bands to play music in your local CBD venue.And we'll learn some tips to help you go cold turkey in Plastic free July. 
26:57 07/09/2021
What happens next after the Council decision to remove trees from the site of a proposed new sports precinct?
After the milestone decision at a council meeting this week to remove trees from the site of a proposed new sport precinct, there are still many questions about what happens next.  And, all going well the Orange Readers and Writers Festival aims to be back better than ever  this year. The program has just been released for event to be held over two days, July 30 and 31, in the Hotel Canobolas.
18:22 07/02/2021
Orange celebrates latest milestone in drought recovery, and our newest mural has an indigenous theme.
A major milestone in Orange's recovery from the drought as our dam's hit 80% of capacity. We’ll find out how some of our accommodation providers are going on the front foot to make contact with customers who might be heading this way from a COVID hot spot. We’ll learn about the themes behind the latest of our city’s murals in McNamara Street..
18:58 06/25/2021
Decision-date set for sports precinct trees; What's stops Australians being kind?; and the day 1,000 troops marched into Orange
There’s been a key development in the local debate in Orange over whether or not to build a new sporting precinct alongside the Jack Brabham sports grounds.A date has been set for the extra council meeting when the decision will be taken about whether to remove trees on  the site. Now in a late development , the decision will be about only removing trees on parts of the site.Also in this episode, we hear from  a leading social commentator on what’s stops Australia being kind to each other, and the jolt that might bring us back to our senses. And, we’ll look at the story behind a new war memorial in Robertson Park to find out about the day a thousand armed troops marched in to Orange.
25:20 06/19/2021