Dom and Bec Zaghini have had to wade through plenty of floodwater since they started selling fresh cooked prawns on the side of the highway fifteen years ago, but their passion for the Hinchinbrook Shire’s people and produce has led them to higher ground in the heart of Ingham to open their newly expanded seafood shop and café, Wild Local.
“For over 13 years, the business traded as Wild Local Prawns on the south side of Ingham, selling fresh seafood and fish and chips,” says Bec.
“The old shop served us well, but its biggest downfall was that it was the first building in Ingham to flood.
“Losing trading days to floodwaters and clean up days was not sustainable, so relocation was always on the agenda.”
When a flood free building in the heart of Ingham with ample parking became available, the dynamic duo jumped at the chance to move their business and expand their offerings to cater not only for their loyal customers, but for travellers seeking a taste of North Queensland.
“It’s all about celebrating the diverse range of fish, seafood, fruits, coffee, ice cream and condiments that our pristine tropical environment is famous for,” says Bec.
“We know that travellers are looking for somewhere for the whole family to eat, use the toilets and buy some fresh seafood to take with them for their dinner.
“It’s so exciting to see the original fish and chip experience expanding and showcasing more local menu items to customers.
“The new shop has a huge fresh seafood display, a fish and chip menu, cafe with daily lunch specials, and an ice creamery,” Bec says.
”Bec says they have full confidence in the investment of their new shop, and are committed to playing a role in putting Hinchinbrook on the map.
“There is a renewed optimism in regional towns post-Covid, with people seeking new lifestyle opportunities, and we’re expecting to see the return of interstate and international visitors to regional Queensland this tourist season,” she enthuses.
“For the visitor to our shire, we really want to wow them with hospitality and freshness, so they have a really great memory of their time in North Queensland.
“When you come to Hinchinbrook, you can’t help but be impressed with this natural beauty and people with heart who will greet you.
“We are passionate about our region, care about our visitors and are looking forward to collaborative projects with other like-minded businesses.”
Main image: Bec and Dom Zaghini, owners of Wild Local, Ingham.
Image credits: Ann Vardanega, Avar Studio, Ingham
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