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INSIDE 7 TAMBO TEDDIES Continuing a legacy 11 WHEN PASSION MEET DRIVE Hooked on Bamboo 14 HELPING RURAL WOMEN Raising awareness of mental health 16 SHOWGIRLS WOW The return of Roma’s Showgirl Competition a resounding success 18 WINTER FASHION A Stunning winter wardrobe 19 LIFE OF A FLIGHT NURSE We meet the inspiring Courtney from Charlotte’s Nest who shares her story of life as a flight nurse. 22 INSPIRING EDWINA Edwina Robertson takes us behind the scenes of Wander of the West

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CONTACT US Cover: This month’s cover is graced by the stunning 2017 Roma Showgirl entrants Tori Johnson, Katie Sands, Sarah Dionysius and Katie Garbutt. This image was captured by Stephanie Kay. The image for page 17 was captured by Edwina Robertson Photography. Writers: Carmen Miller, Sarah Dionysius Advertising: Tori Johnson, Greg Latta, Hineata Cash, Renae Hassall Enquiries: advertising@westernstarnews.com Publishers Indemnity: Maranoa Style magazine is published by Newscorp Australia in Roma. Those who make advertising placement and/or supply copy material or editorial submissions to style magazine, undertake to ensure that all such material does not infringe any copyright, trademark, defamation, libel, slander or title breach of confidence, does not contain anything obscene or indecent, or does not infringe the trade practices act or other laws, regulations or statutes. Further to the above mentioned these persons agree to indemnify the publisher and/or it’s agents against any investigations, claims or judgements.

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WORKING WITH WOOL Andersens Carpets shares the benefits of using wool in the home

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OOL is a luxurious flooring option; both warm and comforting. But it has many other benefits you may not know about – it’s hard wearing and long lasting, it naturally repels water and dirt, it’s allergy friendly, comes in a wide range of colours and is odour resistant. It can even save you money on your power bill as it is a natural insulator; keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Environmental Impact Grown naturally without the use of harsh chemicals, you can be assured that your carpet choice is ethical and sustainable. If you ever decide to replace your carpet, the wool can be reused in other sustainable ways; such as through insulation products or used underground to protect newly growing plants and prevent soil erosion. Durability Wool is naturally grown as a tough, resilient and fire-resistant fibre. Grown with natural crimps straight from the sheep’s back – wool fibre has a natural texture. Wool also has a natural elasticity,

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meaning it can be stretched, twisted, woven and tufted to create even more textures to suit any application in your home. Maintenance and Care Caring for your wool carpet is simple and easy; only requiring a vacuum once a week and a professional clean every 1-2 year to keep it looking brand new and hygienic. So, to warm up this winter, drop into the Andersens Showroom at 113 McDowall St and have a look at our wide range of Wool carpet.

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GO THE EXTRA MILE We chat with Loretta of Horse Torque Saddlery

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. How long have you owned Horse Torque Saddlery for? I have owned Horse Torque Saddlery since October 2012. 2. What have you found most challenging? There are many challenges to owning your own business. It is not like clocking on at 9 and finishing at 5. When you own a business and you want it to succeed then it takes a lot of energy and commitment. You have to be prepared to go the extra mile for your customers – sometimes working late or on weekends. You have to know your product and have knowledge about what you are selling. 3. What do you love most about your chosen career? I really enjoy seeing my repeat customers. I like hearing what they are doing with their horses, what their next competition is and how they went in their competitions. 4. What does it take to succeed in business in your opinion? Determination and a great family to support me. I believed that I had the skills and knowledge to take on a business in this particular field based on my previous career and my "hobbies" of horses and leather craft. 5. What advice do you have for anyone considering going out on their own?Going out into business on your own is a scary thought. My advice – do your homework. Do some real market research to make sure that the business you want to undertake is needed and will be supported by customers in your community. Create a business plan and really work out your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats! Know your products. Decide if you have the personality to deal with the public on a daily basis. Decide if you have the energy to dedicate to making your business work. Have some money aside in case of a ‘rainy day’.Decide if this is something that will make you happy to do every day.

Jenny and Heidi Hays from Lime Tree Cottage. PHOTO: SARAH DIONYSIUS

HEALTH IS WEALTH THERE is no denying that as a society, we are more health and wellness conscious than ever before. The advancements we have made in health knowledge have been great and this is thanks to the many people who have made it their mission to educate people in their communities. People such as Heidi and Jenny Hays of Lime Tree Cottage. Having owned the business since April 2015, Heidi and Jenny have worked hard to build their enterprise. “We are passionate about chemical free living and our health and wanted to empower others to start their journey of health both internally and externally,” Heidi said. “I have been a beauty therapist for 6 years and wanted to put my knowledge and skills into a business that I love.” With a selfless drive to help others realise the benefits of healthy living, it isn’t any wonder this dynamic mother-daughter-duo have found success. “Our drive and inspiration to make our business a success is creating a healthy and knowledgeable community so we can pass it down to the generations to come to be able to make healthy life choices and try to eliminate as much waste and chemicals in the environment.”

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SEIZE THE MOMENT

Sophie White grabbed opportunity with both hands

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T would be safe to say that when it comes to the vast majority of 19-year-olds’ — starting a business would be the furthest thing from their mind. However, when Sophie White got her hands on a camera to take photos of her daughter Darci, she found she had a knack for the art and so began Sophie White Photography. When asked what drives her to work hard towards success, Sophie gives an answer which suggests a wisdom and determination well beyond her 22 years. “My main inspiration for starting my photography business was, and still is, my daughter, Darci,” Sophie said. “I wanted to be able to capture her growing up through my photography, and having my own business has allowed me to constantly develop skills and knowledge with my camera. “I find that meeting a new family and being able to capture the love they have for each other is completely rewarding. “Being able to capture children and the essence of people makes all the hard work and time and effort worth it.” With plans to further perfect her craft and mix up the versatility of her photography in 2018 — there is no doubt we will continue to see much more of this dedicated, young entrepreneur well into the future.

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WHEN PASSION AND PURPOSE COMBINE

Cottage Flowers and Garden has gone from strength to strength over the years and this is dur in no small part to the business nous of owner Judy Moore

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HEN it comes to being successful in your chosen field, Judy Moore from Charleville’s Cottage Flowers and Garden believes most importantly, you must love what you do. “Owning your own business is a lot of hard work,” Judy said. “It is important to love what you do and be prepared to work through the tough times.” It is this business fortitude which has seen Cottage Flowers and Garden grow and change over the years, with Judy and her husband Tony having sold and purchased back the enterprise three times over a 30 year period. “Each time we have changed the business a little to evolve it into what it is today; a florist, nursery and gift shop. “We have just worked at what we wanted to do.

“You need to keep on changing as time goes by.” With the business well-and-truly stamping its mark on the local scene for first-class floristry, Cottage Flowers and Garden now delivers orders to Tambo, Blackall, Morven, Mitchell, Cunnamulla and Quilpie. Such success is due in no small part to the passion and love Judy has for her craft. “In this business I am fortunate to be able to create items for sale,” Judy said. “Whether it be a flower arrangement, gift basket or potted plants and mixed gardens. “It is a good feeling to make something for your customers and know that they are pleased with the outcome.”

KICK-START YOUR CAREER

Starting out in your career can be tough. While confidence is valued in the workplace, it can also be viewed as arrogance, so negotiating your position in the workplace is treading a fine line between the two. Here are our tips for getting ahead in your career: Dress the part: It may seem obvious that if you’re going for a job interview you should dress as smart and appropriate as possible, but you’d be surprised at how many people stumble at this first hurdle. First impressions count, so you need to convince your potential employer you’re a responsible, respectable person worth their time. Opt for natural makeup, a tidy hairdo and definitely no open-toed shoes. Be ambitious: Many women fear showing their ambition will make them appear over-confident and ruthless, when in fact the opposite is the case. Taking charge and making your intentions known could mean the difference between you receiving a promotion or not. A strong, attention-commanding attitude speaks volumes however controlling and demanding behaviour will get you the opposite reaction. Ask for a raise: If you believe you’re not receiving the pay

you deserve, silently hoping it’s going to change is not going to solve the problem. Instead, do your research into the market value of your job to support your cause and confidently ask your boss for a raise. Make sure you pick a time when you’re excelling at your work and explain why you deserve more, not why you need it. As long as your goal is realistic and reasonable, and you are confident and polite about it, the worst that can happen is your boss says no.

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ON LIVES A LEGACY

Tambo Teddies is in the safest of hands thank to dedicated owners.

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S any business owner will tell you — taking on a company is no small feat. Add to that the overwhelming sense of pride attached to taking on a business which was locally-grown and you have yourself not just a business, but a legacy to maintain. Tambo Teddies is one such business which comes with a great legacy firmly intact and luckily for the members of the local community, this legacy couldn’t be in safer hands thanks to owners Alison Shaw, Tammy Johnson and Kiralee Sanderson. "We purchased the business in 2014 when the previous owner put it up for sale and publicised that if it didn’t sell she would close the doors," Alison said. "Tambo Teddies is an icon of Tambo and has literally put Tambo on the map." Since then, the three women have taken multi-tasking to new heights, juggling pregnancies, motherhood, wedding planning, full-time jobs and completing a business degree, amongst other things, all-the-while sticking true to their commitment to grow Tambo Teddies and keep this iconic business alive. "Everyone in Tambo loves Tambo Teddies, and we are proud to

be the owners and consider we have a responsibility to take this business to new levels." With big plans in place to hopefully have Tambo Teddies distributed widely across Australia through larger retail outlets in five years’ time, the sky’s the limit for these three amazing women and their unwavering dedication to the Tambo Teddies brand. "We are really excited and looking forward to our next chapter."

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EXPERIENCE COUNTS "Don’t be afraid to fail because you will never get started if the fear of failure is what is holding you back". With nearly 15 years business experience to her name, the words of Gidgee Smith owner Kylee Tindale-smith are well-worth listening to. What began as a need for saddle bags for her children who were competing in horse sports, has grown into the well-known Gidgee Smith. And while the road hasn’t always been easy, with changes in social media trends and the demand on businesses to remain competitive with imported brands and products — Kylee is a firm believer in people going out on their own, whatever their chosen field. "Start with a dream, an idea or a passion," Kylee said. "Find out as much information on your idea and look at other businesses that specialise in this kind of thing if there are any. "Make sure if you don’t have all the skills needed to physically run the business, then you have access to people that do. "Get some mentors, someone you can bounce ideas off and to help with problem solving. "You need a rock, that one person that you can always vent to and rely on for mental support." With a proven business model that has stood the test of time, there isn’t any question that Kylee too has followed her own advice, all the while aiming to evolve and perfect her craft.

YEARS OF SUCCESS: KYLEE TINDALE-SMITH HAS WORKED HARD AND IT HAS PAID OFF.

GAIN INSIGHT THROUGH VOLUNTEERING VOLUNTEERING is often a selfless endeavour – but it also looks good on a resume. Whether a first-time worker looking to gain experience, a parent transitioning back into the workforce or a university student wanting to put theory into practice, it can be used as an opportunity to build transferable skills. Employment Office chief operating officer Andrea Davey looks for workers who have keenness, emotional intelligence, self motivation, time management skills, and resilience and persistence to achieve. She says proactive volunteers can gain these skills and attributes in any kind of role.

“In sourcing, securing and maintaining a volunteer role you will demonstrate keenness, self motivation and persistence,” she says. “Assuming you have the opportunity to interact with colleagues or clients, your EI skills will evolve (and) balancing a volunteer role with life’s other priorities will develop your time management skills. “Ultimately, the more life experience and work experience the better, and volunteering supports this.” Different volunteering roles lend themselves to developing different skills so people hoping to hone something specific can target specific opportunities.

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PERSISTENCE IS KEY Tanya Beck has the formula for success

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S any woman in a similar situation can attest to, being a female in a male dominated profession can have its positives and its drawbacks. However, for Tanya Beck, owner of Spikes Pest Control, there’s nothing she would rather be doing. "I was always passionate about running my own local business," Tanya said. "I have always loved Roma and nothing makes me happier than providing a quality service to such a wonderful community that has been my home for 20 years." And while she admits running your own business can be a stressful exercise, she credits the people she meets along the way for enriching her experiences. "The most rewarding part about running my own business is the people that I meet, and the wonderful clients I have established in the eight years I have owned Spikes Pest Control. "The travel is also a positive, as I get to see all of the wonderful towns and properties around the region." With eight years’ experience to her name, Tanya understands what it takes to make a businesses a success, stating it is achieved by employing two key attributes – hard work and a lot of persistence.

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YOU CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY

Lorinda Ott has worked hard to build her business from the ground up

OFTEN in life, there are words of advice passed on that can’t help but stick. For whatever reason, it is a sentiment that stays with us and often inadvertently shapes outcomes and experiences in our lives. For Lorinda Otto of You Renewed, some simple advice she received years ago has formed the basis of her business ethos. The saying, "you catch more flies with honey" has translated into her life and for her, means that a business is judged by first impressions and is only perceived as well as the person representing it. Through the actioning of this ethos, Lorinda has managed to grow You Renewed and overcome the challenges that arise when opening a new business in previously uncharted waters. "As with most small businesses, I just persevere through the slow times as each month faces a different clientele and volume

of generated business," Lorinda said. "With support and encouragement, all dreams of owning a business do come true." Along with this, Lorinda is also wildly passionate about the services she offers and the benefits that can be gained through using them. "Helping my clients and being accountable for my own actions is most rewarding," Lorinda said. "The Power Plate has medical and leisure benefits while the Ultrasonic Fat Cavitation sessions restore confidence in those members struggling with a few troublesome fatty areas and aides in anti-aging. "Seeing these results from my clients and being appreciated for the positive outcomes makes my profession an absolute pleasure and I love being involved in their daily transformations."

SAGE ADVICE HELPS SHAPE FUTURE

Mandy Watson of Amanda’s Choice has hopes to open another store in due time WHEN it comes to sage and practical business advice, Mandy Watson from Roma’s Amanda’s Choice has plenty to offer. Mandy’s dream was to have her own business one day and now she has achieved it, nothing will get in the way of her plans to grow and enhance the business. "I would like to have staff so that I can share some wage money into the community and hopefully teach juniors in the world of retail," Mandy said. "I would also possibly like to set myself up into another shop also in a different location and see how far I can go."

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Considering Mandy broke into the business market two-and-a-half year ago — her experiences and advice for anyone wanting to start up their own enterprise are current and she has shared some wise words which are well-worth following. "Make sure you have a plan and back up finance just in case things don’t go as planned. "This gives you breathing space to make necessary decision. "Also, be aware of continual overheads than can leech away money very quickly."

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HOOKED ON SUCCESS Petra Johnson believes in her product

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AMOUS Irish Poet Brendan Behan once stated that "Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action". Such a statement epitomises the beginning of what was to be an incredibly exciting business journey for Wallumbilla’s own Petra Johnson. What began with Petra looking and struggling to source a wet hair wrap/turban for her daughter has blossomed into not only a successful product line, but a growing retail and online store. Petra Johnson is the brains behind Bamlour, a brand of quality bamboo products. After purchasing some bamboo fabric online and sewing her own hair wrap —Petra was amazed by the quality of the product and immediately sprang into action. "I made a few hair wraps for my sister and friends and included a little questionnaire to gauge how they felt about the product and the fabric," Petra said. "I had great feedback, with a lot of people thinking it was fantastic so I was all in from then on." What happened next can only be described as fate. Petra got in touch with a local business contact in the hope of receiving information about the Chinese manufacturing market.

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"I rang my contact and gave her a quick insight into what I was trying to achieve and to my surprise she said, ‘we are off to China next week to meet with some of our manufacturers, why don’t you come with us?’" Within five days of that conversation, remarkably, Petra was boarding a flight to China and welcoming the greatest chapter of her business journey to date. Since then, Petra has continued to grow her Brand, Bamlour and her retail business, Hooked on Bamboo — with plans in the next few years to branch out further and share her passion for this incredible, eco-friendly product. And while Petra admits the journey hasn’t been all smooth sailing, she has some sage advice for anyone who, like her, may be feeling the niggle of inspiration for a fresh business idea. "Don’t be afraid to trust your instincts and have faith in your own abilities but, before diving in head first, take your time to do the background research and ease yourself in."

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VERSATILITY IS VITAL Fiona Nelms of Hair FX knonws what it takes to make a business a success REGARDLESS of the field - in business, versatility is absolutely key and Fiona Nelms of Roma’s own Hair Fx is well aware of this. Not only does Fiona herself boast an incredible 17 years’ experience, but she has structured a team of talented staff who all possess varying and individual skills. “We are a large salon with a large and strong team of 7 who have all gone through numerous professional training each,” Fiona said. “We offer a number of services with both hair and beauty, we have our own Magic Tan self tanning booth, a beauty room which offers waxing and tinting as well as make-up, we also have a nail technician in store, Tam’s Nail FX, which makes us a one stop hair and beauty salon.” Fiona admits through times of drought and the challenges brought on by an ever-changing market that remaining positive and focused on her business goals can be challenging but it is in

these moments when her experience kicks in. “It take a lot of hard work and determination, hard working staff, loyal customers, keeping up with trend and constant training. “You must take the good with the bad.” Above all else, Fiona has an undeniable love for her craft and her clients which she believes can see her and her business through just about anything. “I am an outgoing person who loves to make people feel good about themselves,” she said. “I ensure that all our clients experience the very best care in our salon and walk out feeling satisfied, refreshed, beautiful and happy with their experience. “We always aim to offer a high standard of professional customer services, a high standard hair and beauty service with a personal touch as well.”

IMPRESS AT INTERVIEW THE days of jobseekers being able to bluff their way through an interview may be numbered. Employers increasingly are investing in recruitment strategies that drill down on genuine skill levels, unobstructed by a jobseeker’s self-promotion, or lack thereof. A US survey by Classes and Careers reveals employers make snap judgements based on trivial non-verbal cues often only caused by nerves. Two-thirds of employers say they are put off interviewees who do not make enough eye contact. Not smiling (38%), bad posture (33%), fidgeting (33%) and a weak handshake (26%) can also cost them the job. Dr Amantha Imber, founder of business management consultancy Inventium, says in an interview, first impressions often override how the whole interview will go. Additionally, being prepared to demonstrate how you fit the specific role is extremely important. A jobseeker interviewing for a sales role may be put in a scenario where the recruiter pretends to be a client and they have

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to make a sale. Imber says jobseekers preparing for these types of interviews have to take a new approach. “It’s really honing the skills required to do the job as opposed to reflecting on different stories or even making up stories to answer the typical questions you are going to get,” she says.

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TURNING YOUR PASSION INTO A PROFESSION MANY people are firm believers in the saying, “find something you love and you’ll never work another day in your life”. One woman who has embraced this ethos with both hands is Amby’s Own Gay Burey. Gay has a love and passion for patchwork which has seen her open The Springhill Craft Country Retreat. The Retreat offers a peaceful escape for someone wanting to take a step back from the daily grind and enjoy crafts and patchwork in a tranquil, rural setting. Having the foresight to turn her passion and skill set into a business is undoubtedly impressive however, for Gay, she feels she gets as much out of the operation as she gives. “I absolutely love to teach people, especially beginners,” Gay said. “To have people start the weekend not knowing anything about patchwork and finish the weekend having completed a quilt top; I just love it."

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LIVE THE PROFESSIONAL DREAM IT’S a dream for many of us; spending your workday doing the thing you love. But, unfortunately, for most people, it’s not the reality. But what if you could combine the two? Here are a few suggestions about how to go about realising this dream: Speak to someone in the field your hobby relates to. A good place to start is speaking to someone already working in the field your hobby relates to. Approach them as a fellow hobbyist use your shared passion as an opening to start a conversation. Consider further study. You might want to consider investigating some further study that relates directly to your hobby. You might spend hours devoted to your hobby, but the chances are you are probably largely self-taught. You might have picked up tips from your fellow hobby enthusiasts, but if you want to take the next step and turn it into your career you might need to get some formal technical training.

Be persistent and dedicate more time to your hobby. No matter how accomplished you are at your hobby, there’s always room for improvement. Dedicate extra time per week to your hobby and stick to your schedule. Be flexible Things don’t always go as planned, so be prepared for some setbacks. The important thing is that you remain focused on your ultimate goal of turning your hobby into your career. When you’re confronted with certain challenges, tackle them as rationally as possible. Re-assess and see whether you can turn this negative into a positive. Ask yourself: what do I need to do to get my dream back on track? As you embark on your journey to turn your hobby into your career, don’t be afraid to start small. Begin implementing some of the above suggestions while you’re still in your current role. Understand the marketplace you want to get into and start taking steps to position yourself for any opportunities that may arise in the future.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Katrina Ayers is using her experience to help people in her local area.

Katrina Ayers is helping other local women struggling with mental health.

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s anyone who lives life on the land would understand, having an outlet other than farming is imperative. For Roma mother-of-two Katrina Ayers her creative outlet began as a hobby, however has since evolved into her own business and for her personally, a form of therapy that has helped her work through her battle against anxiety. "Photography for me is definitely therapy," Katrina said. "It's been an outlet for me, it's been a way for me to meet people, for me to be social - it's a form of self-expression." While working as a property specialist for Elders Katrina discovered her knack for photography however, it wasn’t until she began capturing shots of her niece, Teal Ayers, in action on the rodeo scene that she realised she could make photography more than just a hobby. For Katrina, life is just a little busy. Between raising her two boys, Jake and Mitch, helping on the family’s mixed-enterprise property which includes running cattle, some cropping and hay production, as well as the contract fencing and fabrication business Katrina and her husband Andrew run, it

is any wonder she has time to pursue her passion for photography. However, for Katrina, everything in life is about balance and most importantly, knowing when to ask for help. After the birth of her second son Katrina’s struggle with anxiety reached its peak and while she loves the rural community and the lifestyle it offers her family, she feels mental health resources and awareness in rural and remote areas need improving. "In rural areas there needs to be more support, more education and more facilities," she said. Next year, Katrina will be teaming up with two other photographers to organise a gallery geared at raising awareness for women's mental health. The gallery will be opened November 23, 2018.

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S far as inspirational women determined to make a difference go, Charleville’s own Courtney Bylett is as determined as they come. Many would know Courtney through her local business Charlotte’s Nest however this wonderful store is only one of the many strings she has to her impressive bow. Courtney is also a flight nure for the Royal Flying Doctor Service — a profession she feels lucky enough to have been involved in for the past five years. When speaking with Courtney, her passion for both professions is completely infectious. “I have always wanted to be a nurse for the flying doctors,” Courtney said. “My family has a rural background with my mum coming from Blackall and as corny as it sounds, I really wanted to be a part of delivering the ‘finest care to the furthest corners’.” Courtney has never taken the task of flight nurse lightly, shaping all of her studies and experiences prior to gaining the role around her final end goal. “I completed my graduate year of nursing in rural and remote Queensland and went back to study midwifery and then I went travelling and working in rural and remote areas to get a bit more training. “Finally, in 2010 I went and worked in a busier hospital in the emergency department for two years to really fine-tune my skills and make sure I was right for the role.” Working full-time as a flight nurse is no easy task however, Courtney relishes in the variety her business Charlotte’s Nest offers her, with a change of pace and an attachment to the community she feels is second-to-none. “My mum is an interior decorator and has gift-ware shops in Brisbane and for years I thought we needed something out here,” she said. “It has been great as what we have given back to the community in just 7 months is beautiful. “We sponsored local races meets, Charleville Show Races and Melbourne Cup and donated prizes to Charleville High School Sport Night, Charleville Polo cross, and local contestants in Rodeo Princess “For me, that’s what having a local business is all about. . “I want to give back and support the community as much as I can.”

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NNOVATION and design are at the forefront of the new-look Queensland Country Meats. The Roma butcher has just reopened after a complete overhaul of their shopfront in Westlands Plaza. Owner Paul Lavelle has been operating the butchery since 2006 and is always looking to make improvements where he can. "We try and continuously make improvements," he said. "So always upgrading, always making sure we are keeping modern and making sure the business is up to speed with everywhere else. "If you go to Brisbane or Sydney all of the upbeat shops look like this now." As well as a new look facade, Mr Lavelle said they are also stocking exciting new items on their shelves. "We are trying to upgrade on further processed products so things like the pastry items and we are trying to make new things all the time," he said. "We also just six months ago built our smallgoods manufacturing plant offsite and we are putting all new products through there." Top quality products and the fact they make their own smallgoods offsite is something Mr Lavelle takes pride in. "The smallgoods side of it is very much a point of difference

and apart from that we are using quality local lamb from three or four different suppliers," he said. "The pork we use comes from Ausprime, a company out of Warwick, and its top-notch stuff, it’s as good as it can get.” Mr Lavelle’s passion for providing quality products is further shown through the numerous awards Queensland Country Meats has taken out. Mr Lavelle has taken out the winning place for the state Sausage King competition, awards for furthered processed products, including first place in Queensland for meat pies and apprenticeship awards. "We employ 15 locals but we are looking for more," he said. "We are trying to improve on that and we are always looking for further qualified people." Mr Lavelle said they are now looking to expand their market and improve on their relations with export countries. "We have just applied for a grant that will allow for us to improve the business and staff," he said. "We have qualified for that grant now and we are going through to the next stage where we have to come up with some innovative ideas of products that we can sell to the Chinese or the Sri Lankan market.

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WANDER OF THE WEST Edwina Robertson is on a mission to share the stories of people in rural Australia

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HERE is something truly mesmerising about life on the land. Those who live it say it is more than just a lifestyle choice, but rather a major part of who they are. Their blood runs with the land and no matter where they find themselves in life; the powerful draw of rural living will always be felt. For photographer Edwina Robertson, this is certainly the case. Edwina was born just outside the small town of Deepwater in Northern New South Wales on a cattle property. She is sixth generation there and couldn’t think of a better place to grow up. "It is truly home no matter where I live," Edwina said. It is this love and appreciation of the land its people which has seen Edwina undertake an incredible three-month journey around rural Australia. She has taken to the road in 'Alice', her 1979 Landcruiser with her trusty companion Jordie, a Tibetan Terrier rescue dog and more amazingly, without a cent to her name. Edwina is relying on the kindness of the people of the bush to feed and house her and in return, will capture some precious photographic memories. "I hope what I can give to people on this trip is something far greater than what I will ever receive. "A photograph always grows more valuable with time and to me knowing that in 10, 20 years time they will look back on the images and still talk about the time a photographer came to them with no expectation to be paid, just to capture some moments of them, at their home." Edwina stated the Australian film Tracks was another inspiration for her journey, with the landscape taking her breath away. "I love the isolation and openness of the bush. "I feel like I am a different person when I am by myself there. "I also love the relationships and people of the bush. "They are salt of the earth." For Edwina, time away exploring and sharing the stories of those on the land is something she sees as rejuvenating, but also extremely important. "If I can bring awareness and help bridge the gap a little between the city and the bush than that would feel like I have done a little for the people of the bush. "The most important thing I hope to gain is to be able to tell stories and the challenges that people of the bush face with no set agenda."

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