MICHAEL and Jo Shadforth have lived and worked across four states, but are pumped to find a new opportunity in Cobden.
They’ve reopened the town’s service station roadhouse and motel and are planning to revive the adjacent caravan park — all of which closed two years ago.
The well-travelled couple have taken a long-term lease on the property owned by a Warrnambool petroleum company.
“We saw it advertised in January and decided to apply,” they told The Standard.
“There has been an awesome reaction from the locals who were so happy to have the service station back in action.
“With only one other outlet in town there was nowhere else to get fuel at night or after midday Saturday.
“We’ll run it from 6am to 8pm seven days a week, employ local staff and provide freshly-cooked take-away food.”
The Shadforths had been living at Balintore near Colac for about two years after moving from Narre Warren.
Before that they operated a service station and a four-wheel-drive vehicle sales yard in Alice Springs.
Mr Shadforth also spent eight years in the army and is a qualified motor mechanic, while Mrs Shadforth is an experienced short-order chef, cleaner and gardener.
“I grew up in this district and when dad became ill we decided to move back,” he said.
“We have four kids and all were born in a different state.”