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Accommodation in Orange
Orange offers you a full range of accommodation options when travelling here.
Orange's Visit Orange site lists the various styles, quality and locations of properties for you to choose from. Use this link ( to see what is available and to make bookings for your stay during the conference 17-19 March 2017.
In case you haven't noticed, or been for a visit in a while, Orange, Australia’s Colour City, is rapidly creating a name for itself due to its diverseness.
Whilst visiting why not take a little extra time before or after the Conference to experience our:
  • Fine cool climate wines
  • some of our many restaurants
  • newly commissioned Regional Museum, the Art Gallery and Library
  • the Parks will be in late summer condition providing wonderful ambience for relaxing - visit our Botanic Gardens and major city parks (Cook Park and Robertson Park)
We are looking forward to seeing you in Orange.

2017 District Conference - Orange
ROTARY DISTRICT 9700 DisCon17 (District Conference)
The following were Conference Keynote Speakers:
Taylor-Jai McAlister: Holder of an Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarship at Macquarie Uni, Taylor-Jai is a proud Aboriginal woman from Nyngan, NSW. She aspires to become a Clinical Psychologist who is able to support the Indigenous community in relation to mental health and well-being. She is particularly passionate about working not only with her community, but also the deaf community, of which there is an over representation of Indigenous people.
Deaf people have high rates of mental illness resulting in suicide, so it is imperative that mental health services are more accessible for this demographic. There is also a cultural barrier that exists for Indigenous deaf people who are trying to access mental health services, and as an Aboriginal woman, Taylor-Jai believes that she will be able to connect more people to these services due to her Indigenous heritage and future fluency of Auslan. In January 2017, she attended RYLA. "It was one of the most interesting experiences I have had so far, as I learned a lot about myself and how I interact with other people" reports Taylor-Jai.
Gerry Georgatos: Has remained constant as a social justice and human rights campaigner despite changing professions again and again and foraying into various experiences. Gerry’s own human rights and social justice work was inspired by his parents’ tireless contributions to the Greek community and in positively responding to the racial and cultural divides that were the profound experiences of his parents and his own.
These days Gerry Georgatos is a university-based and freelance researcher and academic however his professional work, as always, continues to be indelibly intertwined with human rights and social justice causes. He is the convener of Humanitarian Programs at the Institute of Social Justice and Human Rights. And in recent years he has dedicated himself to suicide prevention – a leading cause of death. Gerry Georgatos has been responsible for pushing onto the national landscape the extensiveness of the suicide crises among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Gerry has been asked to speak on Racism (and Rotary's role in forging tolerance). Check his website
Both Alan and Rebecca will be addressing different experiences of changing the domestic and family violence circumstances our communities are experiencing today.
Alan Tongue - who grew up on a property near Tamworth, played in the Australian schoolboys and captained the Canberra Raiders in his firstyear at the club in 2000. He won Rookie of the Year in 2000, Clubman of the Year in 2003 and Player of the Year in 2006. He has designed and delivered a mentoring program into Juvenile Justice centres in the ACT as well as the Alexander Moconochie Centre working with detainees. Alan has designed a domestic and family violence program, which is currently being delivered to football clubs and high schools throughout regional NSW schools and the ACT. BREAKING NEWS: Alan was recently awarded the 2017 ACT Australian of the Year.
Rebecca Tolstoy - is an avid Rotarian (RC of Perth) and loves all things Rotary. Being part of Rotary made her realise her Path of Hope would do “more good” in the world if it became a Rotary project joint venturing with Salvation Army. As Chairman, Co-Founder and Director of the Path of Hope Foundation (The Foundation is a charitable joint venture established between Rotary & Salvation Army), Rebecca provides strategic vision and facilitates the formal collaboration between Rotary and The Salvation Army. Path of Hope offers assistance and resources to women vulnerable to, or currently experiencing, domestic violence.
Gemma Sisia – whose School of St Jude has received, and continues to receive, great support from Rotarians around the world. We have asked Gemma to address  The Importance of Education in Tackling Poverty. We understand that she may be travelling with one of her recent School graduates. So a great opportunity to learn about and get an update on one of the world’s greatest success stories!  
Alice Mabin – Al is a special young person, demonstrating great inspiration, and was recognised as the BEFA 2015 Asia Pacific Female Entrepreneur of The Year and Australia's #1 Rural Lifestyle Photographer. Not only is she a self-published author and photographer of the Australian and International best seller 'The Drover', Alice has published the Australian best seller "The Driver – Australia and New Zealand on the back of a truck". Al was born and bred on the land. Be inspired by her passion capturing images that represent the grass roots of rural Australia. Al has been asked to share her secrets with us by addressing the question: What Inspires You to Do What You Do and How Has This Impacted on Your Social Conscience?  
DisCon17 Contacts  
Chairs Lois Willing  0417 498 011
Peter Perriman 0411 118 506
Registration Graham Denney 0413 409 883