I first vis­ited the tiny NSW town of Car­coar when I was a stu­dent liv­ing in Bathurst. I have al­ways re­mem­bered how pretty and per­fectly pre­served it was so I com­pletely un­der­stand why

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some­one would love to live there. Throw in the beau­ti­ful his­toric flour mill on page 38, al­ready ren­o­vated, and Car­coar proved to be ir­re­sistible to Belinda and Stephen Sat­terth­waite. “As soon as the real-es­tate agent started show­ing us around, Stephen and I were look­ing at each other,” Belinda says. “At the end of the in­spec­tion Stephen said we wanted to make an of­fer and we hadn’t even spo­ken to each other yet!” To­day, the pair are hap­pily giv­ing the 1850 build­ing a few of their own per­sonal touches but their home is not their only fo­cus. Belinda’s de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate To­molly, her suc­cess­ful home­wares store from nearby Millthorpe, is giv­ing the main street in Car­coar a new fo­cal point — and mak­ing this NSW Cen­tral West town a very de­sir­able road-trip des­ti­na­tion. In this is­sue on page 22 we visit a young fam­ily at White Cliffs in NSW’S north-west. Louise, the Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer for West­ern Land­care NSW, and Zane Turner live on Good­wood Sta­tion, a 37,000-hectare prop­erty, where they run 3000 sheep. With only 85 mil­lime­tres of rain in the past 18 months, the cou­ple is un­der­tak­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment project to re­in­state wet­lands and cre­ate a seed bank for the fu­ture. “It gets a bit stress­ful at times like this when it’s so dry, but be­ing your own boss and the free­dom of it all is the big draw­card,” says Zane, who is the third gen­er­a­tion of his fam­ily to be on the land. These dry times are a harsh re­minder for all of us of how im­por­tant it is to sup­port fam­i­lies like the Turn­ers and the many oth­ers across our coun­try who work so hard to pro­duce our food. Un­til next month,

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