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Entrepreneur, Klae McGuinness

Klae McGuinness Photography is a Cobar-based business focused on providing high-quality imagery for private and commercial use. From family portraits to country music stars, tourism shots and fine art prints, clients come from a range of backgrounds – from small groups and boutique businesses through to multi-national corporations and world-class performers. Photographer Klae mainly operates single-handedly with the exception of…

Entrepreneur: Rebel Black

As a human agronomist for The Rural Woman network, Rebel is passionate about creating an economy of healthy entrepreneurship and community vitality by connecting rural women and helping them to realise their full ability and potential. Based in Lightning Ridge, Rebel believes that one of the greatest barriers in country life is the isolation. Named as one of the Top…

Entrepreneur: Matt Wright

Matt Wright’s career in finance has given him business knowledge now applicable in his role as the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce President. Mr Wright grew up in Forbes and began working in the banking sector after a recommendation from his former teacher. He started as a bank officer and worked his way up to brand manager. “I did work experience…

Entrepreneur: Karin Stark, Narromine

Karin Stark is using her own interests and experience to pair agriculture with renewable energy. With a background in environmental management, Ms Stark also helps manage ‘Waverleigh’, Narromine with her partner Jon Elder. Their installation of a 500kW solar-powered diesel pump system at the farm has provided a yardstick for other farmers to consider introducing renewable energy to their operations.…

Business: Outback Arts, Coonamble

As part of a broader network covering NSW, Outback Arts is a non-profit regional arts development organisation covering the Local Government areas of Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett, Cobar, Bogan, Warren and Coonamble. Developed in 1999, Outback Arts is part of a network of 14 arts-based bodies all governed by Regional Arts NSW with funding distributed through Create NSW. “Each Council pays…

Business: Dusty Rose Country, Carinda

After growing up in the country, Lyn Gosling wanted to create something that was unique to the rural lifestyle. She was living in Darwin in 2017 when she came up with the idea of making and selling her own cowhide jewellery. “I was born in Kempsey and raised in Armidale. “I’ve always loved cowhide but I couldn’t justify the expense…

Business: Country Simplicity, Cobar

A shop that boasts 89 different flavours of tea, homemade fudge and items from around the world really is a sight to behold. Cobar’s Country Simplicity is a hub of gifts, homewares and unique products along with its own tearoom boasting tea, coffee, cakes and scones. Any purchase made is an experience in itself, and a cup of tea and…

Migrant business: Anna Prins, Coonamble

Anna Prins spends her days ‘horsing around’ but as an equine osteopath, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Moving to the Orana from France, Ms Prins is loving her role treating animals around the region.  “I travel around the Central West and Orana region to treat horses,” she explained.  Equine osteotherapy is a kind of treatment designed to improve…

Business: Fitness Focus, Dubbo

As the 2019 winner of the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Gold Rhino Award, Andrew Bassett is a shining example of success in business. With a background as a gymnastics coach, Mr Bassett purchased a local fitness business seven years ago which he rebranded and made his own. “When I bought the business, I had no business experience,” he said. “I…

Business: The Darling Design Company

Ellie Dunlevy is a freelance graphic designer and blogger responsible for creating her own online business, The Darling Design Company based on its rural roots in North West NSW. As the name suggests, the company provides small businesses with sophisticated design services (print and digital) to assist in the branding and advertising of a product or service. An enthusiastic social…