Success Stories

Business: Crave Natural, Mudgee

Crave Natural has a strong focus on providing artisan food products based on natural availability. The Mudgee-based business started in 2002 as a jam and chutney seller, evolving to include fermented food, extra virgin olive oil, permaculture design and education. The location was chosen as it is close to family, central to other regional towns and has ever-increasing tourism. Mudgee,…

Business: The Cocky’s Wife & Callubri Station Farm Stay Nyngan

Callubri Station, Nyngan is one of the most unique farm stay venues in the country, fusing history and modern sophistication to create an unparalleled travel experience. Steeped in more than 140 years of history, the property was purchased by the Armstrong family in 1878, and has a long association with Merino wool and lamb production. As a fourth-generation custodian of…

Business: Alkane Resources

Alkane Resources Ltd is a multi-commodity mining and exploration company which was first listed on the ASX in 1969. It is owned by around 6400 shareholders including many local investors interested in regional development. Alkane’s senior management team is based in Perth, Western Australia, and there are office locations and operations in central western NSW, eastern Australia and Western Australia.…

Entrepreneur: Jon Elder, Narromine

Jon Elder is a primary producer of cotton and wheat from the Narromine region who has implemented the latest in technology to enable the future efficiency of his 122-year-old family farm. The Elder family has been farming in the district since 1897. The original owner actually broke down when travelling by horse and cart between Narromine and Dubbo which led…

Entrepreneur: Nolan Furnell Recipient of 2019 Screenworks Mentorship Program

Dubbo’s Nolan Furnell is one of four regional screen composers to receive a career boost, with selection in a tailored mentorship program. The 2019 Screen Composing Bootcamp offers participants one on one time with industry professionals, thanks to a partnership between Screenworks and APRA AMCOS. Nolan’s industry experience has mainly stemmed from his indie-electronic band ERASER. He has featured in…

Business: Black Gate Distillery, Mendooran

Mendooran’s Black Gate Distillery is a boutique operation which was established by husband and wife team Brian and Genise Hollingworth in 2009. The first of its kind in Central West NSW, the distillery has a tranquil bushland setting where a range of Single Malt Whisky and Dark Rum is made using traditional methods and high quality ingredients. Producing 3000 litres…

Business: The Cobar Weekly Association, Cobar

Since operation began in 1986, the Cobar Weekly Association (trading as The Cobar Weekly) has immersed itself in the town’s cultural fabric. Established by a group of community-minded volunteers, the original intention was to create a publication that was Cobar-owned and focused. This philosophy has continued to guide the business which produces a local newspaper The Cobar Weekly and a…

Business: Soul Food Design Depot & Gallery, Narromine

The name Soul Food Design Depot & Gallery evokes delicious food accompanied by beautiful art. In this regard, visitors to the Narromine business will not be disappointed. Opened in 2014, Soul Food began as a design hub featuring a cafe, along with homewares, gifts and art and has evolved to include an event space for weddings, school formals, presentation nights,…

Business: Armatree Hotel, Armatree

The ‘family friendly’ Armatree Hotel at Armatree is an iconic country pub located in the heart of the Orana region. Described as ‘one of the best country pubs in Australia and an oasis in the middle of the Central West’, the Armatree caters to clientele from all walks of life. Hospitality is their primary vocation and the business ranges from…

Business: Regional Enviroscience, Dubbo

Building a strong workforce from the ground up with a particular emphasis on encouraging young people into the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has been a major focus for Regional Enviroscience. Established nine years ago by Juliet Duffy from her rental property garage, the business has really thrived and now employs 23 local people including four female…

Business: Maas Group Holdings Pty Ltd, Dubbo

Maas Group Holdings Pty Ltd is a name that has become synonymous with construction and earthmoving in the Orana region and beyond. Established in 2003, the company has grown from a single bobcat and truck to provision of 250 plant hire items, civil works and quarry products at a national level. As such, they have developed a media profile across…

Business: JLE Electrical, Dubbo

JLE Electrical in Dubbo is a local provider to regional NSW for electrical, communications and industry services. Growing from a staff of five to 35 employees has enabled the company to become an accredited specialist in underground and overhead power line construction and cable jointing for supply authorities and mining professionals. JLE’s commercial and industrial electricians provide electrical installations, maintenance…

Business: Love Merino, Wellington

Love Merino scarves are made from the finest Merino wool, with every fibre originating from their Glenwood farm near Wellington, in western NSW. Operational since October 2016, the business idea had been floated for some time by proprietors Phillipa (Pip) and Norm Smith. The couple brainstormed before undertaking research based on the success of industry partner Woolerina. The finely crafted…

Business: Lazy Oak Wines, Mudgee

Lazy Oak is a family-operated Mudgee vineyard producing boutique wines. Established by Paula Hanson and David Riley in 2015, the property was originally purchased as a lifestyle block. But with 7.5 hectares under vine, it has become a fully-fledged grape and wine producer with grapes grown on-site before development by expert winemakers. The range, which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc,…

Migration: The Oriental Hotel, Mudgee

Hotelier Des Kennedy has worked in hospitality for many years, and says hiring migrant workers was a good decision for his business. As the owner of the Oriental Hotel, Mr Kennedy took over the 154 year old establishment in 2003, offering food, beverages and accommodation. The business has evolved from its traditional roots to provide modern conveniences such as a…

Migration: Xin Chen

Multilingual solicitor Xin Chen moved to Australia in 2009 because he loves living in a democratic, multicultural society. “The Australian government advocates cultural diversity and racial equality and Australians are easy-going and friendly people,” he said. “Comparatively speaking, Australia is also a safe country marked by low crime rate.” Starting his new life in sunny Qld, he decided to study…

Migration: The Ravari Family

After living in Iran, the Ravari family made their home in Australia during 2017. Civil engineers Mohammad Ali Karbakhsh Ravari and Mahshid Vakili Takalou and their son Elia emigrated to Australia for a new way of life. “I decided to migrate to Australia around seven years ago because I wanted to change my lifestyle,” Mr Ravari said. “I had enough…

Migration: Dr Danish Hassan

Brand new to the country, Dr Danish Hassan experienced a warm welcome in every aspect of his migration. A dentist from Pakistan, Dr Hassan said his new home and work life was greatly enabled by many friendly people along the way. “Settling in, I found nice colleagues and friends who helped me a lot in each step,” he said. Arriving…