That's the Spirit

That’s the Spirit is a project prompted by, but not about, drought – borne of a need for an injection of positivity in sometimes overwhelmingly negative times. The project, funded in part by the NSW Department of Health, and in part by NALAG itself, is about giving voice to just a small sample of the many positive people doing positive things to keep small communities alive and kicking, as they’ve done and will do for generations. It’s about that indefinable thing we call “the spirit of the bush”. We hope you enjoy meeting these people from a diverse cross-section of our western communities as much as we enjoy helping tell their stories.

Project Stories

Days for Girls Group – Coonabarabran

The Coonabarabran chapter of global women’s health initiative, Days for Girls, gathers every few weeks in a humble hall where the production of sustainable menstrual care kits for women and girls in third world countries and remote communities in Australia is just one aspect of the project. Over a cuppa and some seriously good baked treats, the group tells how the regular get-togethers connect them with not only women in third world countries but with each other.

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Steve Mudford – Gilgandra

His chosen profession has taken champion shearer Steve Mudford all around the world, both as a competitive sport and a career. Now he’s more dedicated than ever to the iconic Australian industry that he says is still vitally important and has much to offer coming generations.


Fay Chapman – Coonabarabran

For the past two decades, Coonabarabran’s aqua-fitness group has been helping to keep local bodies and minds healthy and active. Fay Chapman is one of the founding volunteer instructors, and says the group is as much about connectedness and wellbeing as it is fitness.


Angie Armstrong – Buddabadah

Angie Armstrong is essentially a city girl turned passionate country advocate; a dedicated “foodie” and tourism entrepreneur who, together with fourth generation farmer husband Michael, is developing a tourism hub at Callubri Station, an historic working farming and grazing operation at Buddabadah (between Nyngan and Tottenham) that has been in the family for 140 years.


Stacey and Michael Wells-Bud - Hermidale

It’s been more than a decade since Stacey Wells-Bud left the lush green of the UK for the wide brown land down under, and four years since she and her husband Michael moved back to his old home territory of Hermidale. Along with the family’s farming operation, the pair has added a couple of new balls to the juggling act in the form of a baby daughter and what they call a “one stop community hub” – the Hermidale Pub.

More stories coming soon...

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