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Coolamon kids: Prepared for the future. Cared for by the whole community

The advantages of raising your kids in a country town    As a parent, you want to do as much as humanly possible to raise wonderful adults that are balanced, well-educated and empathetic. You worry about bad influences, giving them enough of your time and sending them to the right school. With so much to weigh-up and consider as a parent, it’s not surprising that one of...

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...

Temora: A place where people and businesses thrive

How a move to the country could be the best decision for your future   Renowned nationally as the friendliest town in NSW, Temora is also a place where you can thrive.   It has all the perks of country living. No long commutes, asupportive and welcoming community, medical services and great schools. And you don’t have to be a millionaire to own a home. But Temora offers much...

Are there jobs in the country? – What you need to know to make a successful career move

Your Future in the Riverina   It’s one of the biggest perceived limiting factors to people moving to the country. Employment. Questions like, “Are there any jobs in regional Australia? Will my career suffer moving to the country? Can we afford a tree change?”   Ask yourself some of these questions though.  “Do I feel fulfilled in my job? Does my income match the expense and pressures of...

What every heart – centred entrepreneur ought to know about Narrandera.

Welcome to the Heart of the Riverina. Imagine if you finally found your ideal work-life balance and satisfied your nature cravings all at once? This is a deep desire for most city folk, but it’s a daily reality for Narrandera residents.   This lifestyle is a reflection of the Shire Council’s key focus areas; community and culture, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity. Not only are these factors...

Leeton: a community for everyone to belong

How Leeton Shire’s country lifestyle connects all walks of life After a long journey fleeing his homeland and the time in processing, Ahman arrived in Melbourne. As he began the wait to be reunited with his young family, he began working and looking to settle down. But it was while Ahman was visiting his cousin over the 2013 Christmas break that he discovered Leeton. Immediately Ahman...

The Snowy Valleys: More than an energy powerhouse.

The diverse economy powering the Snowy Valleys into the future. You could spend all your evenings researching the articles, links and hashtags showcasing rural lifestyle and country living (and maybe you already have!) – the truth is, deep down, you probably already know your decision either way. For a wannabe country changer, the issue isn’t about convincing yourself whether or not to make the move...

Temora: Small town, big heart

What it’s really like living in ‘The Friendliest Town’   Proclaimed ‘The Friendliest Town in NSW’ in 2005 by Pat Shiel, Editor of Column 8 in the Sydney Morning Herald, Temora Shire has continued to live up to the legend - so much so that the story of how it happened is almost inscribed in local folklore 14 years on. This well-deserved title was bestowed upon Temora...