A bumper crop for Bingara’s students

June 29, 2011

This year’s bumper crop of oranges on Bingara’s famous orange trees, has provided more oranges than the children of Bingara could pick when they held their annual harvest of the fruit last Friday.

The Orange Picking ceremony was held in Finch Street, outside the Bingara Returned Services Club, where the children were reminded of the significance of the trees.

Orange Picking 2011
Year 3 students were given the task of picking a basket of oranges to be delivered to Touriandi Lodge. Alex Lewis and Jack McFarland were among the students who approached this task with great enthusiasm.

School Captain, Gabbie Brennan, took part in her last Orange Picking as a student of Bingara Central School.  “It’s amazing to think that only 13 years ago, I was sitting down the front there, in Kindergarten, having my first Orange Picking at Big School.

“I remember the excitement, not wanting to sit still, and not really paying attention to all the speeches because I was waiting till they said we could pick the oranges.

“Today, I listen to the speeches, but still am waiting for the moment they let us run free”.  Gabbie noted that as a final year student, she would be helping the small children pick the oranges.

“When we were in Kindergarten, the older kids always helped us to pick the oranges that were just out of reach. I can’t promise that, because I probably won’t be able to reach them either!” she joked.

“I hope that future generations can enjoy and cherish the orange trees, just as much as I have,” Gabbie said.

Deputy Mayor, Catherine Egan, addressing the students and others assembled for the event, noted the quantity of fruit. “Each orange represents one person who left their parents, brothers and sisters and went off to fight for our country,” Cr. Egan said.  She noted that some of the fruit, like the soldiers, had fallen.

“When you pick your first orange, take time to say thank you to all those who served, to the soldiers who did not return, and those who were injured and have to live with their injury,” she said.

Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton MP, remarked on the tradition which, he said, was special to Bingara and quite unique.

“Year 11 and 12 students, you are the same age as most who went to war, and others not much older.  It was a horrifying time for the families who they left behind.”

Mr. Coulton said he was “very impressed at the respect shown by the kids and the people of Bingara.”