Amanda Johnson

48% of young Melbournians ready to move to the country

New research shows that 48% of Melbournians aged 18-35 would consider moving to a rural town if they were presented with work and accommodation options. Young people born in rural areas were almost twice as likely as urban-born Australians to consider moving to rural areas – but while moving near family and friends was valued, …

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Are these Australia’s best mushrooms?

Nobody knows exactly why the hilltop area around the southern Victorian locality of Caveat has the potential to become Australia’s new gourmet mushroom mecca. The elevated altitude means the air is fresh and the breeze blowing up the valley is certainly essential to the vitality of the oyster mushrooms that Samantha Davey is cultivating on …

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Cultural melting pot forms fresh bonds in the north east.

Lives have been irrevocably changed for the better in a small northeast Victorian town through an innovative program that turns a spotlight onto the cultures and cuisines of residents. It’s only when you meet some of the people whose lives have been radically transformed by Tallangatta’s Neighbourhood House multicultural program that you really begin to …

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Thought for Food in Kilcunda

Some stories just beg to be told. Udder & Hoe is an artwork in retail charm, an authentic food and beverage repository carefully crafted within beach-reach in Kilcunda, on Gippsland’s South Coast – but this story is not about commerce. Kilcunda is a photographer’s dream muse, with extraordinary vistas and a landmark rail bridge that …

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Saving Taradale – how one school grew from two students to 75 in just seven years

Just months after he landed a part-time teaching job at Taradale Primary School, Chris Burgess was handed the job of acting principal, in charge of just two students. Just seven years later, he has 75 students and leads a thriving school which plays a key role as the heart of the Taradale community – but …

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