Business: Central Stores, Gilgandra

Not only is Gilgandra’s Central Stores part of the town’s historic streetscape, but it continues the family heritage of its owner Elizabeth McAllister. “I utilised the name of my grandfather’s business in Gilgandra which closed in 1969,” she explained. The original Central Stores was a classic country general store which sold everything from fine crockery and gramophones to nails, paint…

Business: Mumble Peg, Narromine

A mixed farming and citrus enterprise that started as a 750 acre grazing lot for a family of 15 children has developed into a large operation of 13,000 acres exporting oranges to the world. Narromine-based Mumble Peg started more than a century ago in 1910. The farm also features livestock and wool production along with cropping of wheat, cotton and…

Business: Mink and Me, Coonamble

Mink and Me started with a dream to provide beautiful homewares and gifts to the residents of Coonamble and North West NSW.  First established in 2015, owner Lucy Watson said the business started after a random conversation with her beautician. “Before I knew it, I was moving into one room of the So Spoilt beauty salon,” she said. Mink and…

Business: The Tronic Group, Cobar

The Tronic Group provides onsite IT support and design services in western NSW, supporting the mining industry and small businesses in Cobar and the surrounding area.  Since 2014, Tronic has grown from a small home-based business to a regional service provider working for clients with up to 350 employees. Business owner Tom Shanahan is from Cobar and seized the opportunity…

Business: Dubbo Landscaping

Dubbo Landscaping is a boutique company offering unique and modern landscape design and construction. Operated by Behn Monley since 2012, the business started out with $800 in the bank doing lawn maintenance and small residential jobs. “We are now turning numbers in seven figures with a fleet of trucks and machinery, doing everything from creating and installing outdoor learning environments for…

Business: Outback Beds, Louth

Being a guest of an Outback Beds provider is to ‘stay in the Outback with friends.’ The network has adopted this catch phrase to match the country hospitality offered by its 23 members, who offer unique accommodation in a picturesque location. From station life to pub stays, shearers’ huts, secluded lodges and remote retreats, there is a range of options…

Business: Three Rivers Machinery, Warren

Three Rivers Machinery (3RM) is a family-owned and operated agricultural machinery dealership based in Warren. They are the local dealer for a range of equipment to meet farm machinery needs, including combines, tractors, spreaders, and speedtillers. Clientele mainly come from an agricultural background. The company’s decision to appoint two migrant workers from the Philippines to join the company as service…

Business: Lazy Sunday Lifestyle, Dubbo

With an aim that reflects the name, Lazy Sunday Lifestyle owner Kate Griffiths hopes her customers can leave her store feeling happy and fulfilled. “Lazy Sunday is a lifestyle boutique stocking homewares, giftware and fashion, baby clothes and gifts. I want to offer that homely feeling of sitting down with a coffee, feeling comfortable, with nice surroundings. “My brand DNA…

Business: NDF, Narromine

Founded in 2001 by Dale Foster, NDF is an innovative agricultural business known for the manufacturing of high quality zero till disc planters. The disc planters are designed unique to the consumer, promising the preservation of ground moisture, no disturbance to the top soil and improved germination.   The Narromine-based business started as a small-scale operation and years later now employs…

Business: Crystal Kingdom, Coonabarabran

The Crystal Kingdom in Coonabarabran is a mineral and fossil museum that was officially opened in 1974, with an attached retail store selling gemstone jewellery, crystals, minerals, fossils and giftware. It is owned by Wolfgang and Nola Bredereck who ran a seed, fertiliser and agricultural supply business for 30 years prior to taking over the Crystal Kingdom in 1996. Rock,…

Business: BurMac Financial Services, Dubbo

BurMac Financial Services started as a business in 2015, but its roots as a company stem back almost a century. In 1928, Horace Osborne was a graduate of Cleveland Boys’ High School when he was offered an opportunity that would pave his future career pathway and those of his descendants. Horace started working for South British Insurance, a company which…

Migrant Business: Rams International Grocer, Dubbo

His work ethic may have been established in a land far away, but local grocer Twinkalkumar Rupareliya has his feet firmly planted in Dubbo. As the owner of Rams International Groceries, Mr Rupareliya sells a range of foodstuffs from around the world at the Macquarie St business, specialising in herbs, spices and groceries from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal,…

Business: Big Blue Digital, Dubbo

Using the catchphrase ‘tomorrow, today’, Dubbo tech company Big Blue Digital thrives on making constant evolution their point of difference. They are always looking ahead in the digital world, and assisting clients on the best way to reach this space. Big Blue Digital helps businesses work smarter using digital, cloud-based solutions, helping mid-market and fast growing businesses overcome issues related…

Business: Roseville Park Merino Stud, Dubbo

11 June 2019 Roseville Park Merino Stud has established a reputation of excellence over many years of Charollais Meat sheep breeding, cattle trading, prime lambs and cropping along with genetic and reproduction consulting. Established in 1938 by the Coddington family, the stud has evolved in recent years from being a local supplier to national and international supplier of Merino and…

Business: Lost Sea Opals, Lightning Ridge

3 June 2019 Lost Sea Opals design, create and sell stunning opal jewellery for men and women under the direction of founder Jo Lindsay and her brother Joseph. Operational since 2000, the business has blossomed and thrived to become a global developer of uniquely crafted pieces, building on a reputation honed by quality workmanship and guaranteed satisfaction. The range includes…

Business: Atlex Stockyards, Dubbo

24 May 2019 With animal psychology and safety at its heart, Atlex Stockyards designs, manufactures and installs sheep yards and cattle yards to make stockwork quicker, easier, safer and ultimately, more enjoyable! Ian and Jeanette Crafter started the company in 1984 at ‘Miandetta’ in Horsham, Victoria. Prior to Atlex, Ian had a fencing contracting business, Ian Crafter Fencing.  After numerous…

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…