We meet the last of our Or­ange Fes­ti­val Queen en­trants:

Jess Walz

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

COUN­TRY born and bred, Jess Walz grew up on a farm not too far from Gayn­dah, at Wan­doan.

She found her call­ing af­ter school study­ing re­me­dial ther­apy at univer­sity.

Jess says the work has taken her farther than she thought pos­si­ble, trav­el­ling over­seas and work­ing cruise ships in a va­ri­ety of ex­otic lo­ca­tions.

But Aus­tralia was al­ways the place Jess called home.

Work­ing in Bris­bane at a nat­u­ral ther­a­pies clinic, Jess soon felt the need to re­turn home.

She was ap­palled by the lack of ser­vices of­fered to coun­try peo­ple.

She went back to Wan­doan to start her own mas­sage and beauty ther­apy busi­ness.

Through friends and her part­ner, she now has clin­ics in Gayn­dah and Biggenden.

Gayn­dah has given Jess a crash course in orchard life and, al­though the work is hard and con­stant, she says it is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing when you pro­duce the best qual­ity prod­uct you can, re­gard­less of Mother Na­ture.

Jess loves how Gayn­dah’s com­mu­nity is ac­tive and alive.

She en­joys play­ing net­ball to meet new peo­ple and stay fit.

In the fu­ture Jess plans to be­come a per­ma­nent part of Gayn­dah’s com­mu­nity, both with her cur­rent busi­ness and also be­com­ing more in­volved in the orchard com­mu­nity.

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