Bells know how to keep on the move

By Emma Cornford

With a curriculum vitae which reads more like the set of characters in a movie than one man's career choices, Steve Bell is a man of many talents.

He holds a degree in psychiatry and nursing and has been everything from a stockman in the Northern Territory to an ambulance officer, policeman and drug salesman.

Now the former Lismore man has settled down to own and manage the Elders rural supplies store in South Grafton with his wife Nicole and three children Michael, Cailgh and Lawson.

But the family is not new to Graf- ton, having lived here for five years during Mr Bell's stint as a salesman for Pfizer, before they moved to near Armidale to manage an Elders store at Walcha.

"Grafton is a great place and we made some fantastic friends here last time who were so supportive when we told them we were moving back," Mr Bell said, interrupting himself to tell me he was also a show jumper in England for awhile (as you do).

"I guess I went into helping professions. That's why I nursed, became a cop and that's why I'm in sales as well."

Mr and Mrs Bell realise owning the store will be a challenge but say they are prepared to put in the hours and make the business work.

"This is our opportunity to really do something and to watch it grow," Mrs Bell said.

"Yes, because at the risk of waxing lyrical, there's only a limited amount of opportunity ? so how do you get started?" Mr Bell said.

"This was the best and brightest way for us to do it."

The Bells say their focus is on helping people find their right product ? even if Mrs Bell is new to the game.

"But really it's about giving really good service, which is what I know how to do, and doing the right thing by people," she said.

And if you're really lucky, you may even get a theory about the new Harry Potter book with your bag of chaff.

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