Chicks in the Sticks in gumboots

GUMBOOT POWER: The annual Chicks in the Sticks event was held at Mirimbah Park recently, with women in agriculture from across the North East attending including Sue Plumb, Francesa Carta, Kerstie Lee, Ali Walker, Sharon McGowan, Melanie Haddow, Kim Magnay, Tash Logan and Emily Ploshcke.

THE annual ‘Chicks in the Sticks’ event, held recently at Mirimbah Park, was a sell-out success with guests begging organisers to “hold another one” sooner rather than later.

More than 40 women from across the North East donned frocks and gumboots – the preferred attire – to enjoy an evening out with others from the agricultural industry.

Guest speakers included Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board environmental manager Louise Perrin and Mansfield beef cattle and caper farmer Rowena Ellis.

“Chicks in the Sticks is all about providing women in agriculture and natural resource management with a fun and informative forum to hear from other like-minded and inspirational women while showcasing the catchment’s many attractions,” Goulburn Broken CMA regional Landcare facilitator Ashley Rogers said.

“Louise spoke about how they’ve managed to reverse the decline of the threatened Mountain Pygmy-possum, which is quite amazing considering numbers at Mt Buller got down as low as 20 or 30 individuals.

“Rowena’s talk about her journey from corporate Melbourne to high country farmer was absolutely fascinating and showed the importance of understanding your product and planning.”

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