BUSINESS and pleasure combine in the smart town of Warialda.
It is the centre for the district’s agricultural sector and is surrounded by natural beauty, including Cranky Rock Recreation Reserve, a picnic and camping area beneath huge boulders.
The Gwydir Highway runs through Warialda, which is connected by train to Tamworth.
Warialda offers great attractions and award-winning businesses.
R&D Smash Repairs has been in business for about two-and-a-half years, after seeing a need in the community.
“Residents would often have to go to either Inverell or Moree to access a smash repairs,” Margaret Barton said.
Her husband David works in the workshop with son Rowan, a qualified smash repairer.
“We’re also able to pick up and drop off many of our elderly customers,” Ms Barton, who is born and bred in Warialda, said.
Another business which has been servicing the community since 1997 is the multi award-winning Warialda Engineering and Welding, in Stephen Street.
It started in the garage of founder Mick Davis, who invented the David Starlifter, a simple device for lifting logs off the ground and placing them in a clear position for a clean cut.
Warialda Engineering and Welding now employs 18 staff.
“We’ve become an industry leader, both regionally and internationally, recognised for a range of products and services that include design, repair, metal fabrication and steel products for agricultural and related industries,” Mr Davis said.
His latest invention is The Ropey, a simple way of securing cables and posts.
Livestock salesman Mark Smith has gained extensive knowledge of livestock and rural sales since joining J.A McGregor Livestock and Property in 1996.
“I have extensive experience with both cattle and sheep and I am a level 1 professional assessor for Auctions Plus,” Mr Smith said.
Carmel Ann Stevenson has been with J.A McGregor since 2000 and looks after the residential sales in Warialda and surrounding villages.