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Welcome to Walgett


Alana Copelin with Giselle Taunton from the Department of Regional NSW. Photo contributed

There’s no better person to show you around town than a born and bred local, which is why Alana Copelin is perfect to offer a ‘welcome experience’ in Walgett.

The ‘Welcome Experience’ is an initiative by the Department of Regional NSW to attract, prepare and welcome key public service workers to rural and remote NSW.

Walgett is one of eight chosen locations for the trial which also includes Bega, Coffs Harbour, Corowa, Goulbourn, Griffith, and Corowa.

The project is aimed at attracting people working in Education & Training, Health, NSW Police, NSW Fire & Rescue and Department of Communities & Justice.

Each locality has a ‘local connector’ to help key workers and their families prepare for and settle into their new communities. Alana Copelin, who previously worked in local tourism for 18 years, is perfect for the role.

“I am affectionately known as a Walgett lifer,” Alana said.

“I was born and bred in Walgett before heading off to boarding school in Sydney for high school then to university in Lismore to study business tourism, then another little stint in Sydney as a travel wholesaler before following my husband home to Walgett.”

Now 18 years, one business and three children later, Alana said her family spends their winters in typical country style, traipsing after the children for their various sporting activities. […]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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