Dubbo overlooked as Orange, Sydney make cut for board game

ADVANCE TO MAYFAIR: Orange has been selected to occupy the traditional Mayfair space on the soon-to-be-released Aussie Monopoly board game.
ADVANCE TO MAYFAIR: Orange has been selected to occupy the traditional Mayfair space on the soon-to-be-released Aussie Monopoly board game.

Dubbo has been overlooked for a spot on the Australian edition of Monopoly to be released this year.

In an announcement in Sydney on Wednesday, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Orange’s Borrodell Vineyard were named as the only two NSW destinations to win a place on the board.

Dubbo – the gateway to outback NSW and home of the iconic Taronga Western Plains Zoo – did not make the cut.

The layout of the new board was chosen after a nationwide online poll in November last year.

Borrodell Vineyard will represent Orange on the square occupied by Mayfair in the original version of the game.

Orange mayor John Davis was in Sydney for Wednesday’s harbour-side announcement.

“When it comes to places to land in NSW, there's Sydney Harbour and then there's Orange,” Councillor Davis said.

“We're in the blue spot that used to be Mayfair. How good is that!”

Cr Davis said the announcement was the result of the hard work of many.

“This is a credit to all the Orange locals and visitors who did the hard work of voting for Orange. Well done,” Cr Davis said.

“Our council communications team and tourism promotion staff did a great job putting the word out at the time and asking people to vote.”

Cr Davis was looking forward to the city seeing the benefits of such wide-scale promotion.

“It’s impossible to put a value on how important this is to the ongoing promotion of Orange as a place to visit,” he said.

“The image the Monopoly chosen for the board shows a vineyard, autumn leaves, some mountains, all the classic images of Orange.

“The actual image is a scene from the Borrodell Vineyard so I’m delighted for Borry Gartrell and Gaye Stuart-Nairn for the lift they’ll get from this.”