Yass Valley Regional Champions
Meet the CBR Regional Champions. These amazing people embody the diversity, excitement, authenticity and opportunity of the CBR Region, and are here to share their story. Our local Yass Valley champions live, work, invest and create in our community.
Thermal Heating and Cooling Australia, otherwise known as Touie Smith Sales and Service, is a third-generation heating and cooling business located in Yass. Touie Smith learned the air conditioning trade from his father, before teaching his son, Touie Smith Junior.
The business has operated in Yass since its inception, offering a complete range of heating and cooling services, including under-floor heating, air conditioners, radiators, hot water systems, and more. It’s also known for its service and maintenance of geothermal (renewable energy) heating and cooling systems. Touie Smith Junior says that the addition of renewables has really driven business growth in recent years, particularly because of their proximity to Canberra where green initiatives are very popular.
Established in 1991, Poachers Pantry is a family business located between Canberra and Yass. It comprises The Smokehouse Restaurant, Wily Trout Vineyard, Farm Shop and Cellar Door, with the property’s expansive lawns and marquee available for weddings and events.
Poachers Pantry produces a wide range of
After searching for a location that offered the perfect lifestyle and a great place to raise their kids, Graeme and Ann Shaw moved to Murrumbateman in 1985. In 1998, the Shaw family decided to purchase a
A year later, they planted 85 acres of grape
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Ken Helm is a 4th generation descendant of German vignerons, who planted vines in the 1850’s at Albury and Rutherglen. Helm Wines of Murrumbateman are pioneers of the Canberra District Wines, organising events such as the Canberra International Riesling Challenge which is held annually at the Hyatt Hotel and Albert Hall in Canberra.
The winery is located in a beautiful rural valley near Murrumbateman Village; about 30 minutes from
Robyn Rowe has always had a flair for the creative and a passion for fine detail. Robyn’s chocolate-making business started as a home-based operation, but quickly developed into a growing business. By 2006, attendance at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra was a weekly event and people began to appreciate the quality and freshness of the chocolates produced.
January 2012 saw the opening of the Robyn Rowe chocolate shop on the family property in the Yass Valley, halfway between Yass and Canberra.