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Channel Country Ladies Day headed to Thargomindah in October

Thargomindah, on the banks of the Bulloo River, will host the seventh Channel Country Ladies Day, with women from across three states expected to converge on the town in October.

The town sits 1,100km west of Brisbane in the far south west corner of Queensland. From 18th – 20th October the town’s population of 270 will almost double, as women travel from northern South Australia, northern New South Wales and across western Queensland to attend the event.

With the date in the diaries of women across the Channel Country, excitement is rapidly growing. The Thargomindah community are “keen as mustard” to be hosting the Channel Country Ladies Day event for 2019.

The Committee is working closely with the Bulloo Shire Council to stage the event. Bulloo Shire Mayor John ‘Tractor’ Ferguson says “We’re over the moon. We were watching the event travel around between the Shires and hoping it was going to circle back around here. I think it’s a fabulous thing for ladies in the bush. The way things are with the drought – hopefully it will be wet by then – but it’s such a good thing for women.”

Not only will the women benefit, but he says having the event in the town “will boost the local economy so everyone will benefit from it”.

For the Committee, it’s their return after a year without an event. But this didn’t mean it was a quiet year for the group. Committee President Michelle Reay says “the year gave us an opportunity to fit in some long-term planning and really consolidate what we do. But of course, after having the year working behind the scenes we are really excited to be putting our energy into another event – that’s where it all happens!”

“And it’s good to be back in the Bulloo Shire, where the Channel Country Ladies Day first began eight years ago in the hangar at Durham Downs, then went on to the Noccundra rodeo grounds the following year,” says Michelle.

The logistics of hosting an event of the scale of Ladies Day in such a remote town is no mean feat; with careful planning required to ensure the execution of the weekend. Michelle says “with our volunteer Committee of women already in full swing, this year’s Channel Country Ladies Day is set to be another great weekend and definitely one not to be missed!”