Real Stories

Loving peak hour

  The school run is exactly 7.5 minutes from home to drop off for Ashley Smirl. After living in Melbourne and then a remote NT

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Lifting the Vale

“I was a motor mechanic in Melbourne and I worked with a guy who came from Charlton. He said ‘I’ll take you up one weekend,’

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Lal Lal’s gift

Despite the torrential rain I get out of the van and splash across the grass to an excessively fenced off ridge line, where you can

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Home delivery

Bel and Jordan found each other in a Ballarat mail sorting room. Bel had grown up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, studied photography and

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Northern destiny

  “I was visiting northeast Victoria for work and when we drove through Tallangatta, I said to the woman driving, I reckon I could live

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Flight time

After spending more than 15 years servicing helicopters around Australia and even in Antarctica, Hylke Kijlstra has got to a point where he no longer

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Merchant of Mansfield

Five years after moving to Mansfield, Mat Picone and his wife Lee have opened three businesses had two children and bought themselves a beautiful home

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The data harvester

A smart farm management system which give farmers the ability to measure soil moisture and precisely calibrate how much irrigation water they use has been

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Gunbower Butter Factory

“It was a little bit horrible” Letitia Edwards says. The realestate.com ad for a derelict butter factory in Gunbower, 25 minutes North West of Echuca,

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Building a hometown

He’s paid by the brick, and when you see Mick McLean in action, it’s a pretty impressive sight. Any thoughts of trying to lay bricks

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Marlo Magic

Overlooking an iconic vista where the Snowy River broadens in an expanse of shallow fingers to meet the sea, Marlo has been attracting visitors for

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Finding a new Eden

Working in Washington DC, contributing to the rehabilitation of impoverished communities while his wife contributed to national health initiatives, Jake Lynch could be excused for

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Bruthen ready to boom

  With a popular brewery and multiple fine food outlets, Bruthen is rapidly earning a place on the itinerary for many East Gippsland visitors –

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The brain trainer

Nigel Kain is the teacher you wish your own kids had. Experienced from a career built in seven schools, articulate and able to teach across

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Is it home time?

Many people who grew up in country Victoria in the last decades of the 20th century have built great careers in the city – but

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Finding home

  Felicity Little sweeps the path and then the kitchen floor between questions, makes a coffee while the camera is being set up, then strides

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