Di took on Presidency of CCLD in 2020. “I find it very fulfilling to be a part of a committee with such commitment & passion to an event. Witnessing the impact of the weekend on all the participants is very rewarding as well.”
Women living in remote Australia are faced with many challenges due to the isolating distances. However, Di has recognises how “the landscape, way of life and the resilience of the women and connection between people (even though the distance may be great) is remarkable.”
Di supports the importance for events like CCLD for isolated women. “Women spend all year looking after families, husbands as well as their role in the management of properties and events like CCLD give them a weekend solely for themselves to recharge.”
CCLD is about “inspiration in isolation”, so where does Di draw on for her inspiration? “From seeing the enjoyment and success of the event by all participants inspires me to try to make our next event even a little better. Also working with such a dynamic group of women on the committee is inspiration alone.”
Financial, Partnership & Sponsorship Co-ordinator
Toowoomba based (but long time Innamincka local)
Maree Morton now lives in Toowoomba, but is a face many participants would know, having been involved in Channel Country Ladies Day since its inception. Maree lived and worked in the heart of the Channel country for many years says “because of this I believe that I am a Channel Country Lady,”.
“I would like to keep the connection I have with the Channel Country Community alive and I understand on a personal level what a Channel Country lady needs,” she says.
She’s attended seven events, but says Jundah 2017 was her favourite.
Program Team Lead
Our Program Team Lead, Sarah Quihampton, moved to Charleville seven years ago with her husband.
“Even though I’m a bit of a ‘townie’, when I first moved out to Charleville I felt very isolated, lonely and lacking self-identity; two months later I attended my first CCLD event that offered me the chance to have a weekend away to meet other women, have fun, challenge myself and be inspired,” she says.
Sarah now feels as though she can repay the favour and contribute something back to the wonderful community event by being a part of the committee.
She’s attended four events, with Eromanga being her all-time favourite.
Grants Liaison & Evaluation Lead
Manakau, New Zealand
“I grew up in Camden, on the edge of Sydney. I spent a few years in the Channel Country. Now I live on a farm in New Zealand… but like to think I have a foot still in western Queensland (part of my heart is definitely there)!”
“My role has changed over the past six years from leading the Committee to doing the media role, and now as Grants Liaison and Evaluation Lead, but it’s still as much about making the event continue year after year. It includes grant writing and thinking up artistic offerings, amongst many other things.”
“I’ve been involved in Channel Country Ladies Day since its inception. I remain committed to the event years on because when I see the smiles on women’s faces, when I hear the laughter, and when I feel the sense of togetherness that being together with 200 other women on the edge of the desert brings, I know this is a worthy, valuable thing. It’s worth every amount of the significant volunteer hours and financial support that goes into making it happen… even when turning up at a dusty racetrack a few days before the event one is met with an overwhelming sense of what have I got myself into?!”
Venue & Logistics Team Lead
Annabel lives on a property west of Quilpie and is our Venue and Logistics Team Lead. Annabel’s first Channel Country Ladies Day was back in 2014, and loved it so much she’s been to another three.
“I live in the Channel Country and know how much joy this weekend brings to the participants,” said Annabel.
“I have really benefited from the event over the years, including one year when I really appreciated a scholarship to attend. Now that my kids are at boarding school, I would like to give back to the event by continuing to assist in the creation of such an iconic, much needed and appreciated event.”
Services and Beauty Co-ordinator
Our Services & Beauty Coordinator Emily lives in Toowoomba Queensland. Emily grew up in the Channel Country on Naryilco Station “the red dirt country will always be in my heart,” she says.
Emily has attended two Channel Country Ladies Day events; First in Jundah and then Thargomindah in 2019.
After running her hairdressing stall at Jundah she was so inspired she decided to join the committee. ”I know how important this event is to the women of the out there It’s so uplifting for all of us.”
Emily’s favourite memory is the amazing African Drumming classes from Jundah. She is looking forward to catching up with everyone in Quilpie!
Media and Marketing Co-ordinator
Our Media and Marketing Co-ordinator Hannah lives in Haly Creek in the South Burnett region of Queensland.
2021 was Hannah’s first Channel Country Ladies Day, but says it definitely won’t be the last. “Being a part of the committee I know how much effort goes into making the event a success for the women of the Channel Country,” she says.
“I was blown away by the energy of the weekend. It’s a great mix of cultural and development experiences that gives participants an opportunity to take away something special away from each day.”
After working in the Queensland agricultural industry most of her career, Hannah was keen to join the committee to connect with and support rural and remote women.
“It’s great to be a part of an iconic event that brings such joy to the women of the Channel Country, and to work alongside a passionate team with a great cause.”