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Building resilience & business acumen in the country

How a tree change can create life-changing opportunities   When Navneet and Anju (Annie) Choujar were looking for a country change, high on their list of priorities was finding a business opportunity to sink their teeth into. What they didn’t realise when they chose Lockhart in the Riverina, was that they were unlocking a world of opportunity and that the community would play a strong role...

Country Change Arbour And Ivy Flowers Kerry Leeton

Life in Leeton

Integrating heart, home and happiness Kerry Cornes has worn many hats in her lifetime, across many industries. From floristry, working in banking, airlines, admin, reservations, snow ski resort customer service and even a dump truck operator in the mines, none have compared to the newest hat she has donned in her new town, Leeton. Moving from Eleebana, Lake Macquarie in 2019 with her husband and two...

NEW COUNTRY CHANGE 2022 MAGAZINE OUT NOW!

Country Change is excited to launch the Autumn 2022 edition of our magazine! The magazine showcases local Riverina tree changer experiences and promotes the key benefits of choosing this great region as a new home base. The Autumn 2022 Country Change magazine is a collaborative publication under the Country Change campaign, led by Regional Development Australia (RDA), Riverina. The program raises awareness of the region to...

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Phillip Thompson and son Wagga Wagga

Returning to the heartland

How Wagga’s pull was too much to ignore Ask any parent, and most will say their prime focus in life is to ensure their children are happy, safe and have a great range of experiences to help them thrive.   For Phillip Thompson, this was his key focus when he moved his family to Wagga Wagga in the Riverina, in 2017. “Our main motivation was that we wanted...

Dr Wail – Australian Citizenship Ceremony in 2019

Overseas holidays and random opportunities

How destiny’s hand guided West Wyalong’s beloved doctor duo When a random holiday nearly ten years ago presented a chance to buy a medical practice, Dr Wail Waili and Dr Huda Matrook knew it was destiny’s hand guiding them on a new path. “Our move to Australia was totally unplanned,” said Dr Waili. “We came to Australia for a holiday. The only plan was to do a...

Henty: A little patch of paradise

What single life is really like in a country town Very few single people can say they have enjoyed the forced lockdowns of the past year, except maybe Helen Sanderson . Helen (35) bought her dream home in Henty in Greater Hume in the Riverina (southern New South Wales), in 2021 after hunting all over the region for 12 months. “It’s the best decision I’ve ever...

From ‘Cliche’ to Home 

Temora’s charm instantly wins newcomers   When researching their Country Change, Mark Yates and his wife, Danica, did their research. In fact, they visited five other towns in the Riverina, but on a visit to Temora Shire, something just ‘clicked’ and they instantly knew they’d found their tree change. “We’d heard Temora was called the ‘Friendliest Town’ and we thought it was a bit cliche. But on...