Our Contributors

Meet our wonderful contributors who have kindly shared their experiences or know-how with the Central West Mums network. If you enjoy what you read from our authors, you can also read some of their other articles too.

It takes a village to help build a resilient community, create awareness of important topics that our families face each day, and share the best tips and tricks about our region.

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Angela Argyle

Angela moved to Orange with her family from Sydney in 2016. She owns and runs Argyle Australian Saffron, producing some of the best saffron in the world, and also manages a full time job heading up Operations for a large Financial Planning licensee. She also sits on the FOOD Week Orange committee.

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Ali Broinowski

Wife, mother, business owner, taxi driver, negotiator, organiser and lover of all things interiors - Ali has lived and worked in Central NSW for over 25 years. Having experienced first hand how overwhelming things can be when preparing a home for sale, moving house and more - she decided it was time to help!

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Alison Seib

Hi there, I’m a local female tennis coach owner of Gersbach Tennis, along side my Brother Darren Gersbach. Born and bred in Orange. Truly love everything about my job and town from the weather to the great people. Family is my top priority but it’s closely followed by my passion for tennis and golf! Married with three beautiful children.

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Amorette Zielinski

Amorette is a Mum of two boys who often keep her flying by the seat of her pants and a wife to a man who is so much fun to share life with; never dull! Friends often call her a ‘connector’ because she loves putting like minded people together curating experiences for them.

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Anna Perrett

Anna is a Mum of two boys aged 11 and 8, a Master of Early Childhood Education, and is completing further research into Outdoor Play. She is a passionate advocate for children and social justice.

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Anthea Williamson

Anthea is a mum, interiors and architectural photographer & yoga teacher. She is based in Sydney however loves to travel and explore places and people near & far. www.antheawilliamson.com

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Cherie Rivas

Cherie Rivas is the fresh thinking, straight shooting Women’s Health & Wellness Coach who shares her knowledge and experience in weight loss, psychology, personal training and yoga, together with her studies in nutritional medicine, epigenetics and chronobiology, to inspire and empower other women to rise into the life they love.

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Christine Ghrayche

Christine Ghrayche is an Orange local and interior designer, passionate about helping others have their homes feel like a big ol’ hug when they walk in the door (the beauty is just the icing on the cake).

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Eliza Westcott

Eliza lives in Orange and is married with three young children under the age of 7. They love family adventures and exploring the East Coast after relocating from Fremantle, WA. Eliza is a scientist from the city and is surprised to find herself shoveling alpaca poop on the vege garden since being converted to the joys of country life in the Central West.

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Emma Tree

Hello! I’m Emma and I’m a school teacher and Mum of three little wildlings living in Cowra. I am super passionate about encouraging others to make the most of our beautiful town and enjoy the simple, unique and special things we have to offer.

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Gabrielle Staniforth

Gabby is the mother of 2 children and also a qualified General Practitioner with a passion for mental health and preventative health. She is passionate about the Central West Community and giving back to its members.

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Genya Miller

Genya Miller moved to the Central West more than 20 years ago to study Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations at Bathurst's Charles Sturt University. She worked for more than a decade as a television and radio newsreader and journalist in both commercial stations and at the national broadcaster ABC.

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Sarah Davis

Sarah is a mother to her two boys and is also an experienced Occupational Therapist, SCENAR and Physiokey practitioner with over 15 years experience.

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Jen Gyles

Jen is a mother of 10 year old twins who love the outdoors and as a family they seek adventurous getaways constantly. They currently live on an acreage in Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast and manage a busy household and family business - but always make time for getting out and enjoying nature.

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Jessica Hickman

Jessica is the founder of Bullyology and driver of The Upstander Movement. She is a speaker, educator, coach, and consultant with a core focus on empowering others to own their ability to speak out and in turn become champions of change. Jessica provides individuals, schools and companies with the tools and strategies that will enable them to create a thriving respectful workplace free of Bullying and Harassment. Jessica is a published author and globally recognised speaker who is deeply committed to building strong workplace and school cultures so people can be psychologically safe across the region and beyond

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Jo Hunter

Jo is a mum of 3 who grew up in Orange. Jo spent almost 20 years in Sydney before returning with her family to give her kids the chance to grow up as country kids. Jo has special interests in all things relating to sport, tech and girl power.

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Josie Sanders

Josie Sanders Mum to Natalie and Michael, Nonna Josie to Laura and Alex and married to Gary a mad “Liverpudlian” I work full time in finance to pay for my gardening addiction. My hobbies include gardening, buying plants and gardening. and keeping up my Italian heritage in the garden.

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Juliana Wilkinson

I’m Juliana a mother of two children an older boy and a baby girl. I’ve moved to Australia six years ago to live with my ozzy husband, I come from Brazil but I have also lived in the USA for couple years in order to study and travel.

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Karina Natoli

Karina has lived in Bathurst for over 10 years, since moving from Sydney with her family as a teenager. She completed her studies at Charles Sturt University and now works as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in Bathurst & Orange. Karina enjoys the sense of community that comes from living and working in the Central West and loves spending her weekends being active and relaxing at local cafés.

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Kate Hook

Kate Hook founded Futuring Orange to facilitate local awareness and action on Climate Change and other sustainability issues. She has been actively involved in climate change research and action for 15 years after first studying it 28 years ago and keeping a close eye on the issue ever since.

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Kate Ridley

Kate Ridley moved to Orange for work in the TV industry nearly 30 years ago! She met her husband Hunter who is a local and has now been married for nearly 25 years and has 3 boys Jack 22, Sam 19, and Billy 17. She is a part-time House Colour Consultant and also works at The White Place in Orange on a Friday.

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Kath Logan

Kath works in stakeholder relations, is a qualified mediator and serial renovator. Her favourite things in the world are her niece and nephews, white shirts, art, dogs and laughter.

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Kirsten Cunningham

Why hello there! I’m Kirsten, I’m a photographer and content creator and I live in Orange, NSW. Orange is my place. You know, that place that makes your heart sing, where you go outside breathe fresh air and smile just because, where people are funny and kind and the food and coffee are awesome.

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Marianna Saran

Marianna Saran moved from Toowoomba, Queensland to Orange, NSW in 2007 and has called the Colour City Home ever since. She has two gorgeous girls aged 10 & 8.

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Melissa Theobald

Melissa is a mother of two boys and also an experienced Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years clinical experience working across a range of settings. Melissa started her journey working in both Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in GP practices working with adults.

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Michele Schiller

Michele Schiller is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves all things finance. As a qualified accountant, business owner, and bank manager she has most bases covered when it comes to money.

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Natalie Davis

I moved to Orange in 2006 from Sydney, and have called it home ever since. I have a four year old daughter and two year old son with my husband who I met shortly after moving here. I studied Public Relations and Business Studies at CSU Bathurst and now currently work for a not-for-profit.

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Pearl Butcher

Pearl was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007 (age 63), she had surgery in August then took up dragon boating the following October for the Dubbo Outback Dragons who at the time were the only club in the Western Region.

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Rob Zielinski

Rob was born and bred in Sydney, NSW but discovered the delights of Orange as a medical student in 2005. Prior to this he hadn’t travelled further west than the Blue Mountains. After completing his medical studies he moved with his wife Amorette and two sons, Oscar and Marlon, to Orange in 2013 to begin working as one of the first medical oncology consultants in the area.

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Sarah Buckerfield

Sarah Buckerfield, I have lived in Orange NSW for 21 years and absolutely love it. The central west constantly has so many unturned treasures to discover. I have owned/operated a small beauty salon for the past 8 years and feel so humbled by the constant support, especially since having my first born In Nov 2019.

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Sarah Hoskin

Sarah Hoskin, landscape architect, horticulturalist, mother

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Sarah Nicholson

Freelance editor and writer based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Seana Smith

Seana Smith is a professional writer and a very unprofessional mother of four. Seana now lives mainly in Orange but is often in Sydney researching new articles for her Hello Sydney Kids website. Seana also runs the smaller Swim The World and Sober Journeys websites and freelances for magazines, newspapers and non-profit organisations.

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Shannon Williams

Mum of 2 girls, 5 years and 9 months. Moved to Orange in mid-2018 and became a stay at home mum after a career as a Maths teacher. Lover of arts and crafts, with a focus on natural fibre arts

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Sarah-Jane Leon

Sarah-Jane is a mother of two sets of twin girls aged 15 and 11. Although residing in Sydney, "SJ" is a country girl at heart, with family in the Central West and Northern Tablelands. Sarah-Jane loves her local community, food, wine and watching her daughters dance.

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Amanda Sanders

Mandy is the owner and director of SpiritAbility, a disability support service here in Orange, she started SpiritAbility two years ago when she realised the need in rural New South Wales for well supported and trained disability support.

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Henrietta Hood

Henrietta Hood is a horticulturist and one half of The Avid Gardener, Orange - the other half being the delightful Peta Swift. The two friends cofounded their business back in March 2020 (just as the world pandemic was announced) and haven’t looked back. Together they have a combined 35 years experience in gardening.

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Robbie Robinson

Based in Orange, Ex-teacher and Purveyor of business “The Market Cat” or Robbie Robinson as he is more typically known, has been providing top-quality Central West produce to leading restaurants/ and hotels to Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Canberra, and Qantas since 1985.  Robbie was also one of the original Orange FOOD WEEK founders 1991 -1997 and was president of the committee from 1994-95. Robbie lived in the United Kingdom from 1997-2016 and was an Export Director of Australian wine to Russia, Japan, Europe, Canada, and the UK.  After returning to Orange, in 2016, Robbie picked up “The Market Cat” business in 2019, with an emphasis on Wild Mushrooms, Hoshigaki, Miso, and other artisanal products.

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Tim Nicholson

Dr Nicholson is committed to advancing urological services and men’s health in the region and is actively involved in registrar training and medical student teaching.

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Vanessa Delaney

Vanessa Delaney is a member of Central West Mums and has two daughters, aged 22 and 17. Vanessa has a strong interest in mental health and wellbeing and is the Senior Development Officer at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, one of Central West Mum’s mental health partner organisations.

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Victoria Kotasthane

Victoria works as a GP in Orange, having emigrated from the UK 7 years ago. She has particular interests in women’s, adolescent and mental health. She is also a mum to 3 children- Rohan (11), Luca (8) and Anoushka (5), and 2 fur babies (Charlie and Izzy!).

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Claire Ward

Claire is a founder and director of Ward Nutrition. She leads a team of Accredited Pracitsing Dietitians who provide professional nutrition advice to those around the Central West. www.wardnutrition.health

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