By Shae Bulter (WMG) and Stanley Yokwe (NACC).
Changes are on the way for rural women in the NACC region after a very successful Women, Wine and Wellbeing event organised recently by the West Midlands Group in its home town of Dandaragan.
The event, which included an array of floral arrangements, bountiful grazing tables, and a number of the region’s most popular stalls, attracted a whopping 130 attendees.
Mesha Hall’s stunning artworks decorated the walls of the venue, transforming the Dandaragan Community Recreation Centre into a colour-filled gallery of floral and still life artworks.
Women travelled from far and wide to enjoy the unique and special occasion – with stalls offering the best in potted succulents, custom-designed pantry labelling, lingerie fittings, high-quality leather goods, and all-natural skincare, just to mention a few.
As the hall filled up, women took their seats at the long lunch tables – beautifully draped in white, and dotted with jars brimming with native flora. Tables were lined with an exquisite assortment of gourmet delicacies, including fine cheeses and bursts of fresh fruit.
While attendees enjoyed the fine foods, the event speakers took to the stage.
First-up was Robyn Cousins of Manavi Pastured Eggs, who wowed the crowd with her story of diversifying their broadacre farm to house almost 3,000 chickens, which subsequently became a hit with egg suppliers and consumers alike.
Caroline Taylor, of the Swan Valley’s Taylor’s Art and Coffee House, entertained the event participants with her story of becoming an ambassador for the Swan Valley, finding her passion, taking control, and coming-out on top in an industry notoriously dominated by men.
Harvey Beef provided a delicious lunch, accompanied by wines handpicked by Morevino’s experts.
Lunch was followed by the incredibly inspiring keynote speech by Michael Crossland.
Michael’s story was equal parts heart-breaking and heart-warming – with a touch of humour in between. The hall was filled with laughter, tears, and applause throughout Michael’s story of overcoming cancer as child, achieving his dreams and living a life that his doctors had told him was impossible.
With empty wineglasses, many a shopping bag, and minds racing from the amazing line-up of speakers, attendees headed home after yet another successful Women, Wine and Wellbeing event.
For more information about the event, please contact Shae Butler at the West Midlands Group at [email protected]. You can find more information about the event on the WMG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/194774084442168/
This event was supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program as part of the Regional Landcare Facilitator project. Other event sponsors and supporters include Grain Growers, Yandin Wind farm, Bankwest, Harvey Beef, Cheese Barrell and Devings.