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6pm start for Festival opening tonight

Highlight of the Official Opening of the 2017 Festival of International Understanding on tonight, Friday, March 24.

Starting at 6pm, the Festival Peace Ceremony and Opening Reception will be at the Civic Centre and the Peace Bell in Darling Street.

The event will also include Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West welcoming the Belarus Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Viktar Shyk and his wife, Mrs Lilia Malinovskaya.

Other highlights include the Festival Parade and the Carnival tomorrow, Saturday, March 25. Saturday, April 1 will feature the "Colour Me Happy" 3km run at Bellevue Hill at 3pm, with the Cowra Festival Fun Run on Sunday, April 2 at Bellevue Hill.

Copies of the Festival program are at Cowra Council, 116 Kendal St, or online at http:// cowracouncil.com.au/images/Binder2.pdf or call Coordinator Kylie Wood on 0437 812 899. will be a performance from the renowned Rovesnik dancers from Belarus.

Get your Festival Official Program Now!

Official program for this year's exciting Festival of International Understanding is now available at Cowra Council at 116 Kendal St or click here.

Belarus is the 2017 guest nation for this unique 10-day event which celebrates Cowra's commitment to world peace and the community of nations.

Starting Friday, March 24, with the Festival Peace Ceremony and Official Opening at the Cowra Peace Bell, another major feature of the Festival is the Street Parade starting at Brougham Park on Saturday, March 25.

Belarus is a picturesque central European country that borders Poland, the Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, and Russia, and is known for its grand fortifications and primeval forests with a modern capital, Minsk.

Major highlight of this year's event is a performance by the Belarus youth dance group, Rovesnik, who are being billeted throughout Cowra.

Other highlights include the Youth Ambassadors Dinner on Friday, March 31, the "Colour Me Happy" Colour Run on Saturday, April 1, and the Cowra Festival Fun Run on Sunday, April 2.

For more information, email Festival Coordinator Kylie Wood at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call mob. 0437 812 899.

NBN guide for Central West

A new Telecommunications Infrastructure Support Guide explaining the NBN rollout and Mobile Black Spot Program was recently launched.

The Support Guide has been specifically designed to assist businesses and community groups to better understand how they might be affected by telecommunications infrastructure roll-outs planned for the region and, importantly, how they might contribute to the development of telecommunications infrastructure.

The Guide also encourages business and community groups that can contribute information to Mobile Network Operators to help rectify mobile black spots.

For a copy of the Guide, go to: www.rdacentralwest.org.au/initiatives/telecommunications/