The Story Behind Border Cafe

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Thanks for checking out Border Cafe, a fresh online publication for Albury Wodonga and surrounds.

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Kylie King interviewing John Bowe for the Touring Cars Masters Championship

As a sports journalist with the broadcast team for Supercars Australia, I am lucky to join a passionate television production team that travels to each Supercars event across the country.

Most of my colleagues live in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane. I am one of the few based in a regional city.

“more of the local stories we should all be proud of, and hopefully enjoy reading”

Over the years I have been asked by my peers, and the racing drivers I interview, why I choose to live in the ‘country’, perhaps hinting that I must be missing out on something.

But once I explain the delights of regional living, it’s funny how envious they quickly become.

Kylie King pit reporting alongside Cameron van den Dungen for Fox Sports coverage of the Australian GT Championship
Kylie King pit reporting alongside Cameron van den Dungen for Fox Sports coverage of the Australian GT Championship

Given the amount of travelling we do across Australia for each event, top of my bragging list is the ability to drive to Albury Airport in about ten minutes- rarely queuing, and yes, we have multiple daily flights to Sydney (and flights to Melbourne and Brisbane) and no we don’t have to crouch down into a tiny Cessna.

We have endless day trip destinations – wineries, rivers, lakes, mountains, historic towns, B&B’s, golf courses, other regional cities, as well as great festivals and events.

Our retail and cafe culture is alive and well, yes we have baristas that can brew great coffee (although I am a tea drinker), and there are plenty of options for ‘foodies.’

Sweet treats anyone? Photo: TruPics
Treats from Zest Studio Rutherglen. Photo: TruPics

There are inspiring creatives, entrepreneurs, charities, producers, small and large businesses, all making an impact, not just locally, but often nationally and internationally.

Singing the praises of our region prompted me to create an online publication that captures more of the positive local stories we should all be proud of, and hopefully enjoy reading.

We often plan holidays and trips outside the region, but sometimes a weekend away or a day trip exploring our own backyard is worth considering, so I’m keen to highlight what’s happening around us.

Charles Sluga Studio & Gallery, Yackandandah. Photo: TruPics
Charles Sluga Studio & Gallery, Yackandandah. Photo: TruPics

We have clever business people and professionals, who are happy to share their expertise and advice, so we’ll promote some of their blogs.

The title ‘Border Cafe’ is inspired by a motorsport website, speedcafe.com developed by a former Albury journalist Brett ‘Crusher’ Murray (a person to profile for another great story).

I like the concept of getting your ‘fix’ or ‘daily dose’ of stories that interest you from Albury Wodonga and surrounds.

Rest assured, when the Supercars return to Winton, I will share some links from Border Cafe stories with my colleagues – one cameraman from Manly in Sydney is still raving about the best Italian dinner he’s ever eaten at Milawa last time he was here.

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A big thanks to TruPics Photography for many of the photos on this site, Marty and Justin for website and branding support, Natalie for your valuable input, guest bloggers and writers who have contributed so far, Mick, Ben and other friends, family and mentors for your guidance along the way.

Be patient as we continue to develop and refine the Border Cafe site. I hope you will share the journey with us.

Happy reading, and if you have a great story to share, please get in touch via email contact@bordercafe.com.au

Cheers,

Kylie