Mayfield Garden, Oberon (Image: Angus Waddell)
About Central West Lifestyle
Central West Lifestyle is a family owned and operated business with a team of talented staff and contributors across the Central West region and beyond.
The publication is a showcase of our amazing region including:
Our team is strong, skilled, committed and passionate about the Central West region and aims to encourage readers to feel proud of the rich culture and heritage in which they are immersed.
Publisher & Editor
Elizabeth has spent her professional life in education as a teacher, facilitator and in executive roles. She has always had a passion for the communications industry and has held a range of media and communication positions throughout her career, within her community and beyond. Elizabeth is realising a lifelong dream through the establishment of this magazine with her husband Alex.
Publisher & Advertising
As a fifth generation grazier, Alex has spent a lifetime on the land and has a natural affinity with the rural way of life. With a strong background in breeding commercial and stud cattle and Australian Stock Horses, he has enjoyed a number of industry highlights throughout his time. He’s passionate about the Central West region, particularly the heritage and people that make it so unique and is looking forward to contributing to the area as the publisher of Central West Lifestyle.
Chief Writer & Photographer
Documenting life in the bush has been the passion of Shot by Jake (aka Jake Lindsay) for over 30 years. Armed with his trusty Nikons and one old black jeep, this is one country journo who can never get enough! From shooting country characters, old bush pubs, farmers and graziers, festivals and anything that catches his well-trained eye, Jake is country to the core. He does what he likes and loves what he does!
Sub-Editor & Proofreader
Gina has served as a newspaper journalist and sub-editor on country, regional and metropolitan newspapers for the past 25 years, earning a reputation among readers and colleagues as a thoughtful, entertaining writer and a conscientious sub-editor. In most recent years Gina was considered an integral part of The Newcastle Herald's Weekender and H2 Review teams and was a popular Weekender columnist.
Zora studied Creative Arts and graduated from University to pursue her career as a Designer, Art Director and Creative Director on various publications ranging from newspapers to news magazines and lifestyle magazines. She has a love of print and printing, and has restored her two vintage letterpress machines that she now uses to print bespoke stationery. Now all she needs is to build another shed on the farm she and her partner own to accommodate the lovely machines.
Kate is a website and graphic designer, and her business Kabosh Creative specialises in delivering high quality websites to rural and regional clients. Kate is based on the land, and is involved with her husband in their stud and commercial beef cattle operations. She also has a background in rural journalism, having written for local, state and national publications. Kate held the Art Director role for the first 10 editions of Central West Lifestyle, and today supports the business through strategy, systems and I.T.
Mitch is a graphic designer with over 10 years experience in the design, marketing and advertising sectors. After graduating from the University of Canberra, he worked in Sydney, Canberra and Bangkok. Mitch recently relocated to his home town of Orange where he runs NEXT LEVEL Graphic Design with his wife Lynda. When he's not busy designing, he's usually busy chasing around his three young sons.
Elizabeth is a member of one of Australia’s best-known rose growing families and is the daughter of rosarian Ben Swane. Elizabeth worked at the family nursery, Swane’s Nursery at Dural, for 25 years until its sale in 2000. She has worked as the Horticultural Consultant to Burkes Backyard Magazine, been a regular gardening presenter on the popular talkback show ‘Weekends with Simon Marnie’ on ABC Radio 702 in Sydney and has written for several national gardening magazines.
Writer & Social Media Manager
Anna's background lies in rural communications, having previously worked with leading agribusiness public relations agency, Cox Inall Communications, in Sydney. Anna has a passion for the written word and digital communications, and has a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations)/Bachelor of Business Studies from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. A self-taught musician, Anna also fulfils her creativity through music as a guitarist, pianist and vocalist. When she’s not putting pen to paper, Anna relishes life in the country and horse riding.
Originally from West Wyalong, Catherine has resided in the Central West town of Orange almost long enough to be called a local. Catherine has a background in accounting, business, resource writing and development and education but admits that writing and the arts are her first love. A keen musician, Catherine plays in Central West venues most weekends which has further cemented her love for the people and the places of the Central West.
Jane is a Secondary Teacher at Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Dubbo, and lives with her husband on their property at Collie. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary), a Bachelor of Educational Studies (Secondary Agriculture) and is currently completing her Master of Education (Educational Leadership). Jane has a passion for breeding stud and commercial beef cattle, riding horses, studying and reading. She is enjoying her involvement with the magazine through showcasing the fabulous weddings held in the Central West.
Writer & Upcoming Events
Heather has a great love of the people and places of central and western New South Wales. During a long career in the media she has worked as a news and feature writer, page designer and sub-editor for newspapers and magazines. Heather has also been involved in book editing and promotional copywriting for businesses and government departments. She is married with two adult sons and thrives on being part of the Dubbo community. Heather has a passion for history and the written word.
Angus grew up and has worked in rural New South Wales all of his life, and photography came as a natural extension for him. He combines this passion with his profession as a grazier, Border Collie breeder and stock handling instructor. Through the opportunities Angus has to shoot images of beautiful landscapes, interesting people and exciting sport, he feels it allows others to see the way he views the world.
Home & Style Writer
Amanda is country girl with a love of interiors, styling and all things creative. She is the proud owner of RedAgape Guesthouse in Millthorpe and RedAgape Blog, where she showcases her creative endeavours. She has a passion for photographing real country homes in the Central West and believes that all homes have the potential to be beautiful.
Dayna is a firm believer that everyone has a story of their own that deserves to be told, and relishes in the opportunity to share the stories of those oft left unspoken. With a background in welfare and psychology, Dayna’s dedication to helping others evolved into her business Symmetrix Wellbeing, newly established in Dubbo. Although she openly admits that this is her first passion, Dayna has always loved to write. From her childhood poetry, penned in superfluous swirls, to writing for the Department of Agriculture in her earlier years – writing has been, and still is the ‘quiet elixir’ for her soul.
Country Cuisine Writer
From classing elite wool, to judging chutney and pickles at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Lorraine Hills is a farming woman to the core. She has an undying passion and an enviable knack for country cookery, and is an icon of versatility and genuine talent. “Farm visitors are always a joy and to be able to cook and share recipes from the past with them is a pleasure.”
Paul & Anne Loveridge
Seasonal Food Writers
Starting restaurant life in the Thredbo Valley just after getting married in 1981, Anne and Paul Loveridge are now celebrating 30 years as owner/operators of The Quarry Restaurant in Cowra. A love for fresh seasonal regional produce has led to The Quarry evolving over the years into a must-stop tourist destination. Anne and Paul have a love of travel and have managed to eat their way around Europe, bringing back many ideas and recipes for the restaurant. Another “study” trip is planned for 2016.
Nerida has been involved in the education industry throughout her professional career. She takes great interest in how lifestyles connect people and can foresee a facilitation of this passion through the production of Central West Lifestyle. With warmth of personality and a genuine commitment to sustainable relationships, Nerida enjoys working with advertisers to showcase their products and services to our readership.