Alison Shaw | www.tamboteddies.com.au | Tambo, QLD
Tambo Teddies is located in the middle of central western Queensland in the tiny outback town of Tambo, 900km west of Brisbane. It started back in 1992 when wool prices had crashed, the district was in the grip of a drought and the community of Tambo were challenged to come up with new industry to sustain the economy of this little town. Three local ladies developed the idea that Tambo could assist the wool industry, encourage tourists and create employment by making unique teddy bears and stuff them with wool. Since then three new women have taken the reins of Tambo Teddies and have put the internet at the front of their strategy. The business has undergone a financial turnaround and new staff members hired. All staff are local people and the teddies themselves handcrafted in the outback. The business makes a donation to the Australian Koala Foundation for every Tambo Teddy koala sold.