LIVING WEST: A RECAP OF OUR LATEST SEGMENT

LIVING WEST: A RECAP OF OUR LATEST SEGMENT

In case any of you in our Living West  audience missed our live broadcast last Friday, here is a quick recap of the news packages we presented – and remember, coming up this Friday we will bring you more lifestyle news from across the Central West.

 

PCYC IN OUR COMMUNITY

Living West reporter Shannon Howard travelled to Lithgow, and sat down with 25-year-old Roger Spence, the Manager of the local PCYC.

With the number of people using the PCYC decreasing, Mr Spence said the club hoped to achieve a wider community base, where young locals felt comfortable to visit.

“We hope to achieve a bigger community base so that people don’t feel so much like strangers and that they have a place where they can get together and do things and get to know each other.”

The Lithgow PCYC provides a number of community spaces and activity rooms for locals. Recently, the centre underwent renovations in a bid to attract more young people off the streets and from troubled homes.

IS THE ‘FAMILY FARM’ A THING OF THE PAST?

With an increasing focus on the importance of tertiary education, Living West reporter Hayley Williams hit the road to find out whether this would affect the future of family farms – and Young farmer Joy Allen had her say.

With a history of family farming since the 1900s, Mrs Allen said that she was aware of the changing trends, but she hopes keeping properties in the family would continue for years to come.

“A lot of the children that have come back to farms around here have left home, travelled, had jobs at other places and then come back.”

Mrs Allen’s Daughter Stephanie however, is confident that she will not pursue a career in the country, despite being raised in a rural area.

“I guess parents don’t force their children to do what they did…it’s not as big of a thing as it used to be. I think there’d be more pressure on sons, but my parents had two daughters and they’ve never expected us to want to be farmers.”

HOMOSEXUALITY IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Living West presenter Tyler Knight interviewed a young homosexual man from Bathurst, who feels he is judged in the Central West based on his sexuality. Homophobia across the region has been a hot topic lately, following an assault in Orange in May, which was sparked by a man who was homophobic.

THE ROLE OF 24/7 GYMS IN OUR REGION

Fitness is a high priority in the everyday lives of youth across the region. Living West reporter Hayley Williams travelled to Orange to investigate how local gyms are accommodating the younger generation – finding out roughly 38 per cent of 24/7 gym members are under 25.

With Anytime Fitness in Orange already popular with youth, earlier this month a second gym opened in the town to accommodate for the high-demand of 24-hour accessibility. Snap Fitness manager, Darren McGregor, said that the 24/7 gym craze suits youth for a variety of reasons.

“The accessibility is definitely one…also, no contracts, it’s affordable, and it’s convenient.”

LOCAL SHOWGIRLS: A DYING TRADITION?

In the Central West, local shows are the heart of the community, and the Showgirl competition is one of the popular attractions – but Living West reporter Paige Totman found that in many of our region’s smallest towns, the number of entrants is dwindling.

Last year’s Blayney Showgirl, Sarah Euwin, said people do not want to enter the competition so a lot of people have to be recruited for the event to even take place.

The lack of entrants is assumed to be the result of young country girls moving to the cities to further their studies and work,¬ however retired coordinator of the Blayney Showgirl Society, Jenny Milner, said that the Showgirl competitions are still an important part of show culture.

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