We meet the last of our Orange Festival Queen entrants:
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.