b'NEWSFUNDINGOrange City Council recently granted moreextra help. than 20 community groups and 10 proposedIts good that the broader community events, funding to help them continue tocan now see which groups are getting some provide services and entertainment for thefunding, what the funding is for and how Orange community.much were giving but in many cases, its not Council voted to award more than $30,000a financial donation. to community groups and $24,000 for a rangeOften its allowing groups to use facilities of local events.for free or waiving or reimbursing rates Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said he was proudpayments. Council could play a part in keeping theseThere are always more requests than we worthy causes going strong into the future.can manage but I think weve reached a good The groups are the fabric of ourbalance. community, Cr Kidd said.Some of the events that received funding They enhance our everyday lives andinclude the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry especially the lives of those who need a little Festival and City of Orange Eisteddfod.ORANGEORANGES HINDUSLOCAL ECONOMYbusiness economy. Oranges Hindu community reaches a newOranges high-profile reputation as a foodTheres a common misunderstanding about milestone when members of the World Hinduand wine destination is being matched bythe value of hosting key sporting events, Council, Australia and the Sydney Muruganits capacity to host major sporting events,Cr Reg Kidd said: When a family comes to Temple travel to Orange for a special event.attracting participants, spectators andOrange to watch someone compete in a state The CWA Hall in Robertson Park wassupporters across the year.championship, theres a lot of time between the venue for the formal inauguration LordOrange hosted 15 sporting championshipsgames. People visit a local caf or supermarket. Ganeshas idol to be the first for the Hinduduring the last twelve months, bringing moreThey eat out at a hotel or restaurant. They community of Orange NSWs religiousthan eleven thousand people to town, accordingbuy petrol or browse at a local boutique retail ceremonies.to a report to the latest Orange City Counciloutlet. Orange Hindu Association President, Binumeeting.It all adds up. Nair, said the specially commissioned idol wasThis financial year, its cost Orange CitySome of the major events hosted in made in Sri Lanka.Council around $83,500 to attract and stage2018/2019 include Cycling NSW Masters Our community has been meeting togetherthese 15 sporting events, but its estimated theRoad Cycling Championships and the Classic for prayers and other religious ceremonies forflow-on impact to local businesses is worth $5.2Wallabies v Central West Barbarians match.several years now, gathering in members homesmillion dollars. The Council also said that it would continue and community halls such as the Senior CitizensOrange mayor Cr Reg Kidd said sportsto seek new events which would also boostCentre and CWA Hall, Binu Nair said. tourism was becoming a key part of Oranges the economy.Blue Mountainslife19'