MARK ROPER

A beloved Coun­try Style con­trib­u­tor, this pho­tog­ra­pher shot our Jour­ney piece in central NSW on page 106.

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Af­ter al­most a decade spent trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia shoot­ing sto­ries for Coun­try Style, pho­tog­ra­pher Mark has no­ticed a common thread run­ning through regional com­mu­ni­ties: “Every town I’ve vis­ited seems to have a strong com­mu­nity spirit, and they are very en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive of any new ven­tures,” he says. Dubbo and Welling­ton, in the NSW Central West, are no dif­fer­ent. Here, the emerging food and café scene im­pressed, as did Taronga Western Plains Zoo, where Mark stayed overnight — “I was lucky as the weather was beau­ti­ful, so there was a fan­tas­tic sun­rise.” He drove his kids at home in Mel­bourne wild with jeal­ousy by send­ing them the photo above and an­other of him “covered in meerkats”.

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