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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...

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...

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...

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...