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A new Narrandera buzz 

From the big smoke to pretty little lattes   Moving from a big city to a small town of 6,000 people to buy a cafe isn't what most 20-somethings are doing. In fact, Michaela Corona, is an immensely brave entrepreneur. Thanks to some persuading from her parents and some soul-searching, the Sydney Strata Manager decided she wanted a change of scenery - so, she bought a cafe...

From Beach to Bland

A surprising family tree change From a cramped and ‘horrible’ two-bedder apartment in Sutherland Shire, to 2.5 acres and ‘chickens, veggies and fresh air’, Ryan and Holly Brooks now battle a different kind of bad neighbour and traffic jams. “When I lived in Sydney, my neighbours used to play loud music, bang the doors to their apartments at all hours, and could never take the bins...

A Century old Chapel, flowers, and snow-capped hills.

How this couple’s mountain-change inspired an innovative business vision   Veteran event organisers, Dezley and her chef husband Michael have endured all the industry has to throw at them the past 28 years. From the non-stop buzz of high-end weddings in Noosa, to the heart-wrenching cancellation and of all events in Melbourne’s COVID-19 shutdown, the couple has had their passion rekindled thanks to their recent Country Change...

Hooper family

Is the Great Australian Dream more achievable since the Coronavirus pandemic?

  Live your dream in Greater Hume Of the many ‘new normals’ in a post-Covid world, working remotely definitely seems to be one of the more positive. Many city dwellers have found that they can achieve even more than just the ‘Great Australian Dream’ of buying their own home, by moving to regional Australia and enjoying their very own Country Change.   It’s now easier than ever to...

Brewing up a great life in the Riverina

Business and lifestyle opportunities filter through to all in the Cootamundra-Gundagai Shire   After meeting in Ireland in 2008, Ossie Campbell spent four years chasing Diana, the girl of his dreams, around Europe; cleverly disguised as working and travelling. Eventually, they settled down together in Krakow, Poland; Diana’s home country. Now married and living in Australia, Diana and Osborne (Ossie) Campbell own Cootamundra’s Dusty Road Coffee Roasters...

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....