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5 Questions with Emily from Music In Mind Music Therapy

5 Questions with Emily from Music In Mind Music Therapy

What is music therapy, and how can it help people with their health and wellbeing? Music therapy is an evidence-based allied health profession and NDIS-funded support. In Australia, Registered Music […]

Aussie families to get longer paid leave & super perks

Aussie families to get longer paid leave & super perks

From 1 July 2025, those eligible for the Parental Leave pay will receive 12% in super contributions to their nominated fund, in addition to the 20 week paid parental leave […]

Key legislation change & consideration

Key legislation change & consideration

With only months remaining of the 2023/2024 financial year, here are some key legislated changes and considerations.  2018/19 Unused Concessional Contributions – Use it or lose it! Any unused concessional […]

Macquariedale Organic Wines – nurturing all things natural

Macquariedale Organic Wines – nurturing all things natural

Macquariedale Organic Wines is a family-run business located in the Towac Valley, Canobolas, producing biodynamic, low-preservative and naturally delicious wines from small parcels of grapes.

Madeleine Fisher: 2023 Outreach Program of the Year

Madeleine Fisher: 2023 Outreach Program of the Year

Hairdresser Madeleine Fisher is rapidly becoming known by rural women for her personalised consultations for the fitting, care and colouring of beautiful toppers and wigs.

Tanya-Lee Holmes: 2023 Angel of the Year

Tanya-Lee Holmes: 2023 Angel of the Year

Tanya-Lee Holmes is based in Bathurst with her family and cookie business, and volunteers in the disability space helping 29 veterans locally and across Australia with health and well-being support by drawing on her personal experience of disability, PTSD, anxiety and past suicidal ideations.

Liz Sargeant: 2023 Educator of the Year

Liz Sargeant: 2023 Educator of the Year

Liz Sargeant has for over 22 years been a music education specialist, sharing the joy of music and the benefits of playing a musical instrument within schools and community bands, and believes the number one priority in any rehearsal or class is for participants to feel included and to be able to participate.

Saskia Jones: 2023 Business of the Year

Saskia Jones: 2023 Business of the Year

Saskia Jones and her best friend Kaitlyn Riles (KJ) are living their dreams, each with one year old baby boys born two weeks apart and having a successful business together called Prim and Platter which began with making platters for themselves and friends and sharing images of their creations online.

Danica Bunch: 2023 Mum of the Year

Danica Bunch: 2023 Mum of the Year

During the 90 days between noticing her breast abnormality in November 2022, being diagnosed with breast cancer, receiving treatments and regaining hope, Danica Bunch turned to journaling to navigate the challenges these upheavals brought her and her family.

Look and feel at your best, everyday.

Look and feel at your best, everyday.

CosMedic Collective in Orange is home to health and beauty professionals working together to have us looking and feeling our best inside and out, through holistic approaches to care involving individualised consultations, treatment plans and service options.

Best career choice at Gowrie Education centres

Best career choice at Gowrie Education centres

“When I’m collaborating with a child and see the spark light in their eyes and see the joy their families get from that inspiration, it makes me love this job.”

Drilling for liquid gold and angels

Drilling for liquid gold and angels

Orange-based CBJ Drilling owners Donna and Bryan Jones are this year’s proud sponsors of the 2023 Angel of the Year award.

Assurance when you need it

Assurance when you need it

BurMac Financial Services have been providing expert insurance and financial advice for the agricultural, commercial and construction sectors in our larger regional NSW hubs for almost 40 years. They pride themselves on having a healthy work culture for its mums and strong relationships with their clients, and they owe that to thinking like a community.

Peter Fisher holds the keys to your dreams

Peter Fisher holds the keys to your dreams

The engagement of the right real estate business is important when buying or selling, and this is how the name Peter Fisher Real Estate has become synonymous with expert property advice for the Orange landscape for over 50 years.

Thumbs up for green thumbs

Thumbs up for green thumbs

Have you ever experienced garden envy? Well, now there is something creative that you can do about it.

Let your eyes be the light of your world

Let your eyes be the light of your world

Specialists Hansen Optometrists are proud major sponsors of Central West Mums Mummy Awards 2023 for the second year running and are all about promoting life-long eye health.

Professional bra fitting serves everyday-confidence

Professional bra fitting serves everyday-confidence

“I fit bras for all women through every stage of life,” says Philippa Mitchell, owner of The Fitting Studio. “I service regional women with AA to K bra cups in sizes 8 to 28 – offering a beautiful range of quality garments, and back this up with exceptional customer service.”

VERTO: training and employment changing lives and communities

VERTO: training and employment changing lives and communities

VERTO’S vast range of services assisting businesses and individuals with all their apprenticeship, employment and training needs has benefitted 1000’s of workers over its 40-year history, and continues to meet the changing face of the job market with unbeatable advice, training and work opportunities through their wrap-around approach.

Morning sickness relief with Mothers Health

Morning sickness relief with Mothers Health

Strikingly, morning sickness affects up to 90% of pregnant women but it is often overlooked as an illness and is considered the ‘norm’. Its unwanted symptoms of nausea or vomiting commonly occur in the first trimester and can happen at any time of the day and be isolating and physically challenging. The result is added pressure to the demands of work and raising a family – leaving many women feeling unsupported during a time that’s meant to be incredible.

Tanya-Lee Holmes: Business of the Year 2022

Tanya-Lee Holmes: Business of the Year 2022

Tanya-Lee Holmes is a mother of three and life coach living in Bathurst who acquired a disability six years then found the determination to start a cookie business that now has a following throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Retail Therapy In Orange

Retail Therapy In Orange

Local boutique owner, Sos Waddell was born, raised and educated in Orange. She talked with CWM about her journey of becoming a farm-wife and mother of two after moving to […]

Design Ensures Giving Is The Gift

Design Ensures Giving Is The Gift

Claire is a self-confessed colour nerd and the tin of coloured pencils on her desk is just a hint at her life-long passion for illustrating and creating beautiful designs. Since moving back to Orange and joining the creative community her diary has filled just through word of mouth and has designed of the label and packaging for the CWM candle.

Meet Mel From Orange Credit Union

Meet Mel From Orange Credit Union

Celebrating a full life of family, farm, full time work, fun and Financial Fitness at Orange Credit Union. Mel Monico is a Mum of 3 boys and Marketing & Communications […]

A Complete Experience With Book Orange

A Complete Experience With Book Orange

Bec Hammond and Flora Mortimer are two energetic women at the helm of Book Orange, a local booking platform business that provides the ultimate experience to guests and locals of […]

Every Story Is Unique

Every Story Is Unique

Findex’s job is to help make yours one of the classics. After a shock diagnosis several years ago, Lydia Albert has overcome life-threatening stage four cancer. Now, as a successful professional, wife and mother to […]

2021 Western NSW Regional Business Awards

2021 Western NSW Regional Business Awards

Central West Mums would like to acknowledge the winners of the 2021 Western NSW Regional Business Awards. We are excited to share these exciting announcements of the winners and finalists […]

Tips To Create A Better Sleep For Children – Little ZZZ Sleep Consultant

Tips To Create A Better Sleep For Children – Little ZZZ Sleep Consultant

CWM interviewed Maryann Wild from Little ZZZ Sleep Consultant today about all things sleep; tips, guidance, support and more. If you are part of our Facebook community group for women, […]

Finding A Better Work Life Balance With Platinum Business Admin Services

Finding A Better Work Life Balance With Platinum Business Admin Services

Jess strikes me as a highly efficient Business owner who has managed to strike a balance between running a business and looking after her family. Jess is a wife and […]

The Four Pillars Of Successful Business Expansion

The Four Pillars Of Successful Business Expansion

Caught up in the day to day work? Rachel Clarke, Client Manager at Findex Orange shares what small businesses need to know about expansion planning. When you’re working in small […]

Millthorpe, The Commercial – Life Lessons From A Victorian Building

Millthorpe, The Commercial – Life Lessons From A Victorian Building

Have you ever considered buying a pub? Last August, my brother and I bought the Commercial Hotel in Millthorpe. Built in 1877, the building had seen far, far better days. […]

International Women’s Day – How Duntryleague Is Walking The Talk

International Women’s Day – How Duntryleague Is Walking The Talk

Who inspires you in your local community around International Women’s Day? Central West Mums member Jo Hunter sat down with Michelle Carroll from Duntryleague Golf Club for an International Women’s […]

Central West, NSW, Mushroom Foraging

Central West, NSW, Mushroom Foraging

Mushroom Foraging in the High Country of the Central West region of NSW. Have you ever been curious about how to forage for mushrooms? Robbie Robinson shares his expert knowledge […]

Australian Saffron in the Central West

Australian Saffron in the Central West

Angela Argyle from Argyle Australian Saffron has shared with us her journey of growing saffron with her husband after moving to the Central West in 2016.  Saffron wasn’t necessarily part […]

How To Get Active Everyday

How To Get Active Everyday

Getting up and active every day is so important for both children & adults alike…. but how can that be made simple?

Renshaw’s Pedal Project – An Interview With Mark Renshaw

Renshaw’s Pedal Project – An Interview With Mark Renshaw

May I preface this interview by saying that Mark Renshaw, a professional cyclist and gold medalist spoke lovingly about his wife Kristina; who is an integral partner running many of […]

So, You Think You May Be A Business

So, You Think You May Be A Business

Rachel Clarke, Client Manager at Findex Orange helps you consider the differences between a hobby and a business… Congratulations on the side hustle you’ve got going! Life is all about […]

Love Your Local Butcher and Local Lamb

Love Your Local Butcher and Local Lamb

Spring lamb is a succulent, flavoursome meat and across the Central West it’s that time of year when we are lucky enough to have an abundance of locally produced lamb. […]

Em & The Wild Things

Em & The Wild Things

If you’re looking for Emily Eckhard you’ll usually find her behind the lens of her camera. Talented photographer and business owner of Em & The Wild Things, Emily spends her […]

Careers with Horses

Careers with Horses

Lindy Maurice is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Industry Careers. After living overseas and starting a family, the country called her all the way back to Borenore, […]

Swift Sparkling 10th Anniversary Celebration

Swift Sparkling 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Swift family is a force to be reckoned with, moving to the Central West in the 70s and establishing their first vineyard in 1996. Jim and Ruth Swift founded […]

Incy Interiors – An interview with Kristy Withers

Incy Interiors – An interview with Kristy Withers

Creating the ultimate space for your child is no easy task. As they grow their room requirements change; it may morph from a nursery with a cosy cot to the […]

Bean to Bar

Bean to Bar

Nothing tastes quite like a square of real chocolate, the smell alone is so decadent. Luckily for us, residents of the Central West can indulge anytime with a bite of […]

What’s Buzzing in Town?

What’s Buzzing in Town?

Hive Orange is the brainchild of Prue and Andrew Swain. As the name suggests it’s a place where busy bees (read business people) can work from a professional, chic shared […]

Fresh Fodder – An Interview With Fiona Schofield

Fresh Fodder – An Interview With Fiona Schofield

After starting with humble beginnings 12 years ago in a home kitchen, Fresh Fodder has become a household staple across the country. Known for their gangster dips with gusto, Fresh […]