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From local labourer to Leeton local government

Riverina Country Changer’s four decades of service   A Country Change stands the test of time Proving that making a Country Change is not just a new phenomenon, Leeton Mayor, Paul Maytom, moved from Newcastle to this vibrant Riverina Shire in 1967. Growing industrialisation in New South Wales’ port city was evident even in the '60s. The increased hustle and bustle presented enough of a reason for Paul...

Unexpected opportunities in Riverina towns highlight the benefits of regional living

Lifelong learning allows Lockhart local to find new drive   An abundance of advantages weighed the scales heavily in favour of a Country Change to Lockhart for Jon Bartolo and his family. “It was amazing how many boxes this town ticks!” he said.   Lockhart – a Country Changer’s Goldmine Lockhart Shire truly is a Country Changer’s gold mine. Under the guise of a quiet quintessential country town, Lockhart...

Affordable living in the country leads to creative change in the Riverina

The benefits of entrepreneurship in a Connected Lifestyle Region   Temora – the Friendly Shire There’s a common misconception that you need to be born in an area to be considered a ‘local’, but this couldn’t be further from the truth in Temora. Whether you’ve spent your whole life there, are a Country Changer or a Regional Returner, you’ll always be made to feel like a local....

Propagating a Greater Hume tree change with an award-winning nursery

Happiness and horticulture in Holbrook   The rolling green hills, clean air, thriving livestock and flourishing crops in the town of Holbrook, in the Riverina’s Greater Hume, ticked all the boxes for Tim and Kelly Glass’ Country Change.   Moving from city hustle to leafy rustle  After years of running on the corporate treadmill in Melbourne, the couple wanted more influence on their lifestyle and a more suitable future...

Welcoming generations of families and businesses.

Cootamundra - where you can have a life, not just earn a living.   [caption id="attachment_6252" align="alignleft" width="420"] Nina, Luke and Austin[/caption] Originally based in Canberra, Nina and Luke Piotrowicz had built themselves a good life in the nation’s capital, taking advantage of everything the city offered. But after a time, the high mortgage, ever-increasing fees and continual parking charges began to overtake the enjoyment of the...

Leeton – A Great Place to Stay.

How to make a Country Change, work   With a population of just over eleven-thousand*, you might be tempted to think of this place as ‘just another country town’ to pass through on your way to somewhere else. But Leeton has plenty of reasons for you to stick around.   Wayne and Mia Bond liked this Riverina township so much they stayed. And as owners of the Leeton...

What’s great about living in the Riverina?

The benefits of country living in review.   2019 was a big year for the Riverina in many positive ways, so for this month, we’d like to take you on a journey of all the great stories, people and triumphs we have covered on Country Change.   Housing It’s no secret that the cost of living in metro areas is at least double the cost of living in regional...

A new found respect

A young Narrandera businessman’s country change to home   When Patrick Dawson left Narrandera in regional New South Wales as a determined 18-year-old law student, he thought it would be for good. Nine years later, he returned. A decision that propelled his career exponentially….   Patrick’s plan was laid out perfectly in his head the day he left his family home. Work hard, enjoy the beach - and...

Lockhart Shire’s go-getting businesses using digital technology to create, connect and conquer!

The small country town opening global doors   Head 520 kilometres south-west of Sydney and you’ll find an emerging powerhouse of connected and thriving businesses. Despite having a population of just 3,200, Lockhart Shire entrepreneurs are fired up to outperform city-based competitors and step onto a global stage. In fact, the region is an incubator for small business.   Bernard Salt addresses benchmarks for regional prosperity and social...

GPs, Nurses, Engineers and Accountants: the Riverina needs YOU

Your Future is here With the waves crashing on Wagga Beach, the billowing water flowing from Paddy’s River Falls, and the poignant pines ready to envelop your senses along the Sugar Pine Walk in the Snowy Valleys, it’s no wonder Riverina’s unemployment rate has been steadily dropping over the last 12 months! The word around Australia’s best kept secret is starting to get out, with...