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Janet Moeller Principal Lutheran School Wagga Wagga and husband Nick

Wagga Wagga: a country lifestyle with big-city benefits

How to successfully make a tree change the whole family will enjoy You never know when the opportunity for a Country Change will arise The Coronavirus Pandemic changed many people's plans in 2020, with many city-dwellers desperate to make a move out of busy cities and into regional Australia . For Janet Moeller, who should have been on her long-service leave exploring the wonders of Peru,...

There’s a lot to love when you follow your heart to country New South Wales

Narrandera - the true ‘heart’ of the Riverina Narrandera has long been heralded as the heart of New South Wales’ Riverina region. However, it’s not just the town’s geographical location or position along the Murrumbidgee River that affords it this title. The welcoming locals, supportive community groups and beautiful natural landscapes help swell the heart of this town and all who visit.   Follow your heart to...

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....

COVER IMAGE Country Change Magazine 2020

NEW! Country Change Magazine

Launched today, the Country Change 2020 Magazine showcases 10 Riverina Council areas including Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Greater Hume, Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Narrandera, Snowy Valleys, Temora and Wagga Wagga. The magazine was launched by Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Michael McCormack MP in Wagga Wagga. Featuring personal stories from people who have relocated to the Riverina, information on the Indigenous history of the region,...

A Riverina remedy nourishing holistic health and vitality

Why a Country Change is a perfect prescription for mental and physical health The current global pandemic definitely has more of us contemplating our health and wellbeing than ever before. Anyone watching the news or current affairs will be aware that the spread of viruses and disease can be more detrimental in areas with a densely packed population. Unsurprisingly then, more people than ever before are...

Appealing lifestyles and affordable housing, a reality in regional NSW

The amplified advantages of a Riverina Country Change   Appealing lifestyles Many-a-city-dweller has dreamed of an escape to the country while stuck in the rush and congestion of a daily commute, but the impact of lockdowns and sheltering-in-place due to the global pandemic has pushed more people to explore the concept further. What folk are realising, as they sit in their small apartments or Lego-like suburbs, is how...

Take your job on a Country Change

Maintaining ideal lifestyles while retaining optimal employment in the beautiful Riverina Making a tree change is a lovely notion; however, practicalities of employment can be a dampener. Thankfully, the growing trend of ‘taking your job with you’ is enabling both the young and the experienced to make a Country Change much sooner.  For many young professionals, moving between companies to gain experience and promotion is not...