Cowrie Station, Birdsville Track
Ashlee has been apart of the CCLD since 2015. After attending the 2014 event at Betoota. “I was completely blown away by the event and the dynamic group of women who work so hard to keep it going for the rest of us. I knew I had to somehow be involved with these ladies and this fantastic event! Especially as after attending, I was able to take so much away from it.”
Having grown up in the Channel Country, Ashlee knows first hand how CCLD is such a blessing to woman like herself. “Women in general spend most of the year putting themselves second. Particularly women who live remotely; we spend all year assisting in property management both day to day and book work, we raise children and support husbands, brothers, sisters, put on our HR hats from time to time and also find time to cook, clean and be apart of our communities. Most women have a hard time taking off all those hats and spending time on themselves without feeling guilty. Events like the Channel Country Ladies weekend, give them a chance to come together with other remote women and temporarily shrug off all those responsibilities and recharge themselves.”
Merchandise and Raffle Co-ordinator
Tracy and her family live on a property west of Eromanga. Over the years, as her kids were growing up, many weekends were spent attending gymkhanas, campdrafts and other events across the Channel Country, and they always enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and generous hospitality that accompanied these events.
Tracy’s attended four Channel Country Ladies Days, and says it’s hard to pick a favourite.
“It’s hard to choose, each one has its own special highlights. Gatsby dress ups at Betoota was a great laugh, though, I would have to say that it’s hard to go past the first event at Durham,” she says. “It was such an adventure, not quite knowing what to expect; the slippery drive in after a storm, and the anticipation and excitement of spending the weekend with ‘a bunch of girls’!”
Tracy loves being a part of the team that creates such a meaningful annual event.
Program and Events Support
Gill’s family have a cattle property in South West Queensland, and she understands the challenges that come with living on the land, the importance of community spirit and how events like CCLD can help support and connect those isolated.
Gill was inspired to join the CCLD team after hearing from family and friends who’ve attended in the past about how much enjoyment they got out of the weekend. “It’s a great opportunity to give something back to the women of the bush I care so much about,” she says.
“2021 was my first Channel Country Ladies Day, and I loved seeing the smiles on faces of ladies out enjoying the activities and challenging themselves over the weekend.”
Financial and Sponsorship Assistant
Mandy is a long time Channel Country Lady, having grown up on a sheep and cattle property near Eulo, and now operating an earthmoving business in the Paroo & Quilpie Shires, with a cattle property in near Quilpie.
Thargomindah in 2019 was Mandy’s first CCLD event, which she absolutely loved.
Mandy was inspired to join the Channel Country Ladies Day team after seeing first-hand how much the event benefited the ladies of the West. “They are just so deserving,” she says. “I really wanted to be involved and help the committee out where I can.”
Mandy enjoyed seeing the Channel Country Ladies come together in Quilpie, and said the vibe of the event is always so exciting. “It’s great to see it all unfold after a year of planning!”
Scholarship Programme Co-ordinator
Mareeba, North Queensland
More team members will be introduced shortly…