Hello, My name is Colleen.
Welcome to Made Locally

My background is in Theatre nursing for the last 45 years and I have been creating and painting for about the same time. Being creative has always been relaxing for me. I am passionate about Australian made gifts. Have you ever been out shopping and just wanted to find something Australian made to send overseas? Not just Australian designed. Not imported gifts but a genuine local creation. Are you tired of the quality of products in our stores especially in your local shopping centre?  Well, I spent some time sourcing the gifts I wanted and thought this shouldn’t be so difficult to find Australian made in Australia but it was. So, I opened a shop offering only Australian made. In just over a year, the store had 112 suppliers around Australia providing top quality craftwork. Currently 200 suppliers, 93 of whom are local retirees are regularly providing new gift ideas The shop is made up of quality gifts, gourmet foods and artwork. Come for a visit!

Sam the emu is my artwork and has become the store’s mascot. The image of SAM is on a range of gifts.

I began filling the shelves with crafts such as woodwork, jewellery, knitwear and then onto gourmet foods. The interest in the store has been amazing. Many people looking for an outlet for their talent. Many people pleased to have a choice to buy Australian and not have to wait for a weekend market to find it. We have a lot of regular customers who just love to pop in for a chat or buy a bit of elastic from our haberdashery corner!

As you meander around the store and listen to music , you can’t help but enjoy the creativity and a sense of relaxation that browsing gives you.

“Gifts created by Australians “ is the motto.