Fiona Ziff might be known to many people as the owner of a hipster cafe that is nestled among homes in Central.
Or to others, as a passionate North Wagga resident who has been advocating for an equivalent flood levee as the other side of the bridge.
But now, Ms Ziff is ready to handover the reins of her popular cafe in a bid to run for Wagga City Council.
"I'm not a developer, a wealthy person ... I'm just an ordinary person who cares for the community," she said.
"I feel like I can add some value to the community."
Ms Ziff said her role as treasurer of the North Wagga Resident Association has made her aware of what is needed in the community.
"The work I've been doing for North Wagga has made me realise that there are people working for themselves in council, not the community, and I want to try and correct that," she said.
"I've had five years [at the cafe] and it's been a lot of hard work ... but I really want to try hard and get council back into the control of the people and not the select few.
"I'll be using the cafe as a vehicle [for campaigning]; I speak to lots of people everyday and I know a lot of my customers would support me and I feel that it's the right time."
Ms Ziff said the cafe's new owners must have a passion and interest in serving the community.
"I'm feeling very sad ... but I want to get onto the next stage," she said.
"A very special person will take over [the cafe] ... someone who just loves to see family and friends gather."
The cafe, on the corner of Thorne and Forsyth streets, is listed for $135,000 and has been trading since March, 2015.
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Business broker Peter Campbell said the cafe is situated in a "prosperous" residential area that still boasts arterial road visibility without the huge rents of the main street.
"There's plenty of parking, which is something the main street doesn't have," he said.
"It has a liquor licence and an interior dining area which can host small functions.
"The rear part of the building has been leased out, so the rent is more acceptable too."
Despite the drought, bushfires and last year's tough trading conditions, Mr Campbell is hopeful 2020 will be positive for small businesses in regional centres.
"We're finding a general pattern that people are moving into larger centres rather than choosing smaller areas as there's more services and better range of employment for family and transport connections," he said.
"We were getting inquiries on New Year's Eve, which was a new experience for me and I was surprised.
"[Business] will be more difficult in regional areas, but main centres like Wagga, Albury and Wodonga will see more consumption."
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