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It’s time for another ‘frockdown’

Photo of a woman from teh waist down wearing a red dress and red gumboots, walking in a field
13 Sep 2021

It’s that time of the year again. Don your favourite frock and floral accessory, switch your computer on and turn up the volume for this year’s Chicks in the Sticks.

In its ninth year, and online for the second year in a row, women from across central Victoria have the opportunity to join one of the North Central Catchment Management Authority’s (CMA) favourite events.

The popular annual event connects women from across the region who share an interest in agriculture and the environment. 

Organiser and North Central CMA Regional Landcare Coordinator Tess Grieves said registrations are open for the online event on Saturday, 9 October, from 10am to 12.30pm.

“Women can register through Eventbrite at Search for ‘Chicks in the Sticks 2021’ then enter their details.  Once registered, participants will receive a link so they can join in on the day. Those who register early will also have the chance to win some gorgeous giveaways.

“The theme this year is ‘Grasslands for Good – Celebrating Farming and Conservation’ with a focus on the North Central CMA’s Plains for Wanderers project.

“That project is working with landholders to permanently protect and enhance Plains-wanderer habitat on the northern plains grasslands.

“The Plains-wanderer is critically endangered bird and sits alone on its own branch of the evolutionary tree.”

Presenters will include Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation board member Rebecca Phillips, Yvette Pauligk from Werribee Open Range Zoo, Deanna Marshall and Kirsten Hutchinson from Trust for Nature, and local farmer and Northern Plains Conservation Management Network President Faye Bail

“We didn’t let COVID-19 stop us from getting together last year, and we won’t again this year,” Ms Grieves said.

“Chicks in the Sticks is a great way to have a bit of fun and be inspired by like-minded women telling some amazing stories.” The event is supported by the North Central CMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.