LiveBetter was established as the Orange Community Resource Centre (OCRO) by a group of socially active Orange residents during a climate of uncertainty about the future direction of community services in their local community. For the first 10 years the organisation served as a vehicle for community development activities, working with all levels of Government and other community groups to identify community needs and attract and arrange funding and other resources. OCRO then provided corporate and administrative support to the resultant programs and services which operated relatively independently. Nyngan, Parkes and Wagga Wagga, the organisation is now positioned as one of the largest regionally-based providers of community services in regional NSW.
LiveBetter shifted its focus in the late 1990’s and became more directly involved in the delivery of community services and programs in response to government outsourcing. The organisation grew steadily during the period leading up to 2005 and was by this time operating numerous outreach and brokerage services across the Central West.
LiveBetter entered a sustained period of rapid expansion and diversification during which a number of independent community-based organisations merged with the organisation. These organisations joined LiveBetter in order to obtain access to LiveBetter’s relatively sophisticated governance and management infrastructure and systems whilst retaining control over matters of local service delivery. Since this time LiveBetter has built upon its strong reputation for reliable, innovative and responsive service delivery and has achieved great success in many government tenders for disability, aged care, carer support, and child and family services. LiveBetter adopted its current name in 2008 to better reflect its regional profile and diverse service range following these two years of growth.
In 2014 LiveBetter celebrated 30 years of community service in the Central West, Orana Far West and Riverina Murray. LiveBetter joined with Yarrabin Outreach in Nyngan and Bourke and the Wagga Wagga Community Resource Centre to continue the provision of key services in these areas. LiveBetter now employs close to 500 staff and has an active database of more than 50 volunteers. With offices in 15 locations including Orange, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Cobar, Condobolin, Coonabarabran, Cowra, Dubbo, Griffith, Lightning Ridge, Mudgee, Nyngan, Parkes and Wagga Wagga, and a Telehealth service, the organisation is now positioned as one of the largest regionally-based providers of community services in regional NSW.
2015 saw the development of the 2015-2020 strategic plan which defines the priorities for LiveBetter during a time of major reform in the community services sector. 2015-2020 Strategic Plan