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At just 16 years old, Moranbah State High School Grade 11 student Lexi Croce is taking the entrepreneurial world by storm. Between juggling school and sports, she’s carved out time to run her own business, Elsie Grace, which recently won her the Young Rural Business of the Year award. Lexi’s journey began just by spending […]


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For as long as she can remember, the mines have been the hole in the ground that puts food on Meg Southcombe’s table. 20-year-old Meg has a very different outlook on the mining industry compared to other people her age. “Without the mines, I would have never gone to St Joseph’s, my parents couldn’t have […]

Community Champion: Trevor Prior

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Trevor Prior’s tireless efforts to bridge cultural divides, uplift youth, and infuse life with music and culture make him a person worth celebrating. At the age of 17, Trevor’s early foray into community service saw him involved in youth work. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, Trevor took a two week trip to New Zealand to […]

Community Champion – Andrew Hughes

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At every local fundraiser or sporting event, there’s a company name that always seems to pop up. A Plus Contracting & Poly Welding. When it comes to a business giving back to its local community you would be hard pressed to find one more generous then Branxton business, A Plus Contracting & Poly Welding. Harry […]

Community Champion – Amanda Raymond

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In Moranbah where community bonds are strong and genuine, Amanda Raymond embodies community dedication and leadership. Her many contributions, ranging from her support for the Girl Guides to her role as President of Moranbah Arts, are a testament to her commitment. “I’ve always wanted to live in a place where I could wave to everyone […]

Community Champion: Brian Collard

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For almost seven decades Brian Collard has been proud to call the Upper Hunter home. While he should be enjoying a well-deserved retirement, Brian is still giving back to the community he loves. When we asked Brian to be this month’s community champion he was reluctant. As with most people who volunteer, Brian isn’t after […]

Community Champion: Peter Panther

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In the tight-knit community of Moranbah there is a man who you could say is its heartbeat. Meet Peter Panther, a beloved figure whose infectious love for life and passion for drumming has left a lasting mark on the town and its people. Ever since he was a kid Peter has always marched to the […]

Community Champion: Gayle Butcher

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Singleton resident Gayle Butcher is one of the unsung Hunter residents who quietly go about volunteering with Lifeline so it can help others in the community in need. Gayle has been volunteering at Lifeline’s Singleton shop for a year. She helps for between six and nine hours a week, usually over two days. A Singleton […]