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When Graeme and Kate McDonald
were asked what the worst part of
living and working together was,
there was stifled silence.
Not because neither of them could pin-point
one single answer - in fact, it was quite the
Finding a downside to running Wendouree
Lotto as a husband and wife team proved
very difficult for the McDonalds.
"There's not too many bad parts in our life
to be perfectly honest," Graeme eventually
"There's not a lot of negatives at all."
The McDonalds have been married for 15
years and have owned Wendouree Lotto for
more than seven years.
They both said running a business together
provided a great lifestyle for them and their
two children - Ben, 13, and Amy, 12.
"There's so much flexibility really," Kate
"Some people might think the shackles
or chains are on us but it's quite the
Graeme echoed his wife's thoughts.
"The biggest bonus is definitely flexibility,"
Graeme works about 30 hours a week while
Kate usually works about 15.
They both said working together was perfect
for their lives but admitted it might not be the
perfect situation for all couples.
"It definitely wouldn't work with everybody
but it's not as though we are getting in each
other's hair," Graeme said.
"When we're at work, we don't spend a lot
of time together. We're under the one roof
and we can bounce things off each other but
we're not together all day, every day.''
Kate said she had a few secrets up her sleeve
that made both the relationship and the
business work, starting with her husband.
"Macca (Graeme) has such an easy-going
personality which makes it so much easier,"
"It's about having good staff as well."
A total of 22 people work for the newsagency,
which has almost become a 24-hour
The first people arrive in the wee hours of the
morning and the doors of the shop are open
70 hours a week.
But that doesn't mean it has engrossed the
"We leave work at work - once we walk out
the door, we try to forget about it," Kate
"Sometimes you can't leave it alone but we
try not to bring any work home," Graeme
In such an environment, Graeme said making
people enjoy coming to the business was
"We try to build a family environment - it's
about dealing with people," Graeme said.
They both said they love their situation and
will be in it for the long haul.
"We're here for the long-term so we're not
going anywhere," Graeme said.
And there was no stifled silence for that
Story: Pat Nolan
Pictures: Zhenshi Van der
"When we're at work, we don't
spend a lot of time together.
We're under the one roof and
we can bounce things off each
other but we're not together all
day, every day."
The McDonalds tips for a running a successful
- Communicate honestly;
- Don't sweat on the small stuff;
- Every situation has a positive - find it; and
- Use humour to get through the day.
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