WINNING FORMULA: Robyn Nowland, of Yamanto News finds being part of the local community rewarding.
WINNING FORMULA: Robyn Nowland, of Yamanto News finds being part of the local community rewarding. David Nielsen

Being part of the community key for newsagency team

YAMANTO News is a rewarding place.

In the nine years since Bruce and Robyn Nowland started running the newsagency, it hasn't just been lottery wins and industry awards that make it rewarding - being a part of the Yamanto community itself has a great appeal.

"Country life's better than the city life, well you know, country people, country life people," Mrs Nowland said.

The Nowlands ran a newsagency in Brisbane for almost a year before moving west but they are in no hurry to move again.

"No, no, we like it here. It's close to everything," Mrs Nowland said.

"We've got the beach, we've got the city, we've got the bush.

"It's just grown I suppose but it's still got all the friendly, chatty people that we've got to know and half of them are like family."

There have been more tangible achievements though, with Yamanto News winning this year's News Extra Member of the Year Award.

It is the second major honour for the Nowlands, having won the QT Newsagency of the Year award in their first year at Yamanto.

It's not just the staff who win big either. Yamanto News has a reputation as being a good place to win the lottery.

"We've sold first division with lotto three times and a set for life winner, so they're all very exciting," she said.

It only takes a few winners and the word gets around, according to shop attendant Alyce Ingledew.

"You get people commenting how this is a lucky newsagency," Ms Ingledew said.

The regular customers - as much as those seeking a big win - are what keep the business running well.

"We've got a lot of loyal customers and with our gifts I guess we've got a good variety so it helps people coming back," Mrs Nowland said.



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