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Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains 'Questions & Answers'  on topics which are the subject of media and community debate in Orange.


  • Photographs : Why can't I take photographs or a video of my child performing at an Eisteddfod at the Civic Theatre or the Orange Function Centre?

The reason for restricting photographs and video is about both copyright and child protection issues.

Civic TheatreCOPYRIGHT : If someone performs a copyright work, copies of that performance (videos) can’t be made without permission. The Eisteddfod organisers provide for this by arranging for a professional camera person to shoot videos and pay a license fee to the Copyright agency.

CHILD PROTECTION : There are number of children in schools across Orange who cannot be photographed publicly because of custody or child protection issues. A parent may only be intending to take a photograph/video of their own child, but depending on the camera lens or the performance, they may also capture an image of another child and post it on Social media. If this regulation could not be enforced, these children would not be able to join a band when they perform publicly in an Eisteddfod.

Most cameras and mobile phones have video and still-image options.

These matters are covered are covered both in the Eisteddfod organisers’ own rules, and under the agreement they sign with Orange City Council when the Function Centre is hired.


Why is it ‘compulsory’ to have a new green-lidded ‘Kitchen & Garden Organics’ bin? Why do I have to pay to use by old green-waste bin?

 Since the new ‘Kitchen & Garden’ bin collections started in July 2013, there are good signs that the Orange community is learning how to work with the new system and is adopting it well.

Green BinBecause we are part of a community, every resident shares the cost of community-wide services, even if they use some services more than others, and other services not at all. The Food & Garden Waste service will still be there if they change their minds and decide to use it.

It’s important that the community of Orange has a sustainable waste management system that will cut the amount of waste we send to landfill, reduce the production of greenhouse gas and be big enough to last for more than 40 years.

While the charge isn't optional, it isn't compulsory to use the new bin. If they choose, residents can continue to use their backyard compost heaps.

However, the new service offers some extra advantages for residents who have used their own backyard compost heap for food & garden waste in the past. As well as the convenience of not having to maintain their own compost heap, the new service can be used to dispose of waste items such as animals bones and lawn clippings which can create problems and are not recommended for use in backyard composting.

The public awareness campaign has been an important part of introducing the new system. As well as booklets distributed to each house with the new bins, there are pages on the council web site that have provided more details and answered some of the extra questions that have emerged.

These pages are a good source of information for residents who aren’t sure about some of the details. www.orange.nsw.gov.au/waste

The www.orange.nsw.gov.au/wasteFAQs page includes information on how local residents can continue to use their old green bins.

At peak times of the year some residents will have more waste than will fit in one bin. They can either put their clippings and pruned branches aside and put them in the bin next week at no extra charge, or they can pay for an extra collection.

They pay for the extra service by buying tickets from the Civic Centre for less than $2 each . A convenient book of five tickets cost $9.25, and these can be available to be used as needed.

The ticket, attached to the top of their old privately-owned bin, is the signal to the driver that the resident has paid for the extra service.

The old privately-owned bins can continue to be used in this way, but only if they have a ticket attached.

The colours of the bin lids are a key part of making sure that each kind of waste gets to the right destination, and keeps as much waste as possible out of landfill.

For that reason too waste in the old bins can only be collected if the bin has a ticket attached.