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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...

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...

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...