HIGH­FIELDS FACE OF WEET­WOOD

2017 Face of Weet­wood Robyn Carter loves call­ing High­fields home

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Robyn and Hamish Carter share what it’s like to live in High­fields

High­fields lo­cal Robyn Carter does not love the lime­light, in fact when she was an­nounced as the 2017 Face of Weet­wood she was ad­mit­tedly a lit­tle ner­vous about the me­dia ap­pear­ances.

She is more at home when sur­rounded by teenagers, having clocked up 11 years as a teacher at Down­lands Col­lege.

“I love the kids, teenagers are hard work but they’re beau­ti­ful na­tured kids,” Robyn says.

“Es­pe­cially the Down­lands kids — a lot are coun­try kids — good, down-to-earth kids who love having fun and love their sport. “They are well-rounded.” Robyn is ac­com­plished in her own right, pre­vi­ously work­ing as an ac­coun­tant be­fore be­com­ing a teacher.

She now teaches food tech­nol­ogy and home eco­nomics, a dif­fer­ent vein en­tirely from ac­count­ing.

“I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in fash­ion and have made two head­pieces lately,” she says.

It’s her con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity how­ever that po­si­tioned her as an ideal can­di­date for the Face of Weet­wood.

Robyn coaches bas­ket­ball and touch teams after school and also holds the po­si­tion of swim­ming co­or­di­na­tor at Down­lands Col­lege.

“I like to teach a lot about nu­tri­tion, healthy eat­ing and ba­sic life skills,” Robyn says. “I have quite an in­ter­est in it and have had for a while.” She is thor­oughly look­ing for­ward to Weet­wood race day, and the ex­cuse to dress up.

“My style is very black, it’s def­i­nitely my sig­na­ture colour — black and white.” “When I dress up for races I re­ally like the clas­sic style. “I re­ally let the cut of a fab­ric be the fea­ture, I like a lit­tle bit of edgi­ness in my look; brands such as Cue, Seed and Coun­try

Road.”

Robyn is a big fan of the so­phis­ti­cated event the Weet­wood has grown into, par­tic­u­larly how it has evolved over the past three years.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing in­volved in all as­pects, par­tic­u­larly in this role. “In past years it has re­ally stepped up a lot.” This year Robyn will judge Fash­ions On The Field, along with Karen Wade who won the con­test last year.

“The Toowoomba girls are re­ally great at do­ing all the fash­ion, and a lot of the girls make their own which is re­ally cool,” Robyn says.

Robyn, her hus­band Hamish (funny man from Hit FM ra­dio) and their two boys Sam (soon turn­ing six) and Adam (three-and-a-half), have called High­fields home for six years.

The move was a serendip­i­tous one, as Hamish and Robyn had dis­cussed mov­ing from their home in Rangeville to a place they could raise a fam­ily with a big­ger back­yard and more room for chil­dren to play.

The very day they made the move out to the leafy, spa­cious sub­urb of High­fields, Robyn found out she was preg­nant with Sam.

“As soon as we found out we started try­ing to ren­o­vate the house,” Robyn laughs.

The Carter fam­ily live on just un­der an acre in the older part of High­fields, which they love for the big­ger blocks and green­ery.

She says they have been de­lighted with the friend­li­ness of lo­cals. “Even the teenagers say hello when you’re out run­ning!” “You can’t go up to the shops with­out run­ning into some­one and we al­ways go to the cul-de-sac party in our neigh­bour­hood.

“The neigh­bours… every­one is so friendly and we love that — we do a lot of run­ning and walk­ing of our dogs.”

The thing the Carters most prize about High­fields is the com­mu­nity cul­ture.

This was high­lighted when six months ago three-year-old Adam found a pur­ple Sharpie marker and set about draw­ing up both sides of the freshly painted hall­way, on all the newly mounted doors, and even be­hind his bed­room door, just for good mea­sure.

Hamish up­loaded a video to the Hit FM Face­book page of a very proud Adam show­ing his dad his hand­i­work.

That week when they were out and about around High­fields a lady at a lo­cal shop re­marked, “Oh, here’s the lit­tle artist.”

Both Hamish and Robyn lead busy lives, with Robyn coach­ing sport and Hamish having run a taek­wondo club in Toowoomba for the last 15 years.

“Hamish is a third de­gree black belt so he and the boys are of­ten out in the back­yard do­ing kicks and things like that all the time,” Robyn says.

With their dif­fer­ent sched­ules and heavy work­loads they love the sanctuary of their home amongst the gumtrees.

Some of their favourite lo­cal lo­ca­tions in­clude Kerb Café and Ge­lato, the Choco­late Cot­tage, Dan­ish Flower Art and Peace­haven Park. “We have lots of pic­nics with friends there,” Robyn says. “Most of the time we are hang­ing out with the neigh­bours or tak­ing the dogs to the off-leash parks.”

For now, Robyn is look­ing for­ward to her role as Weet­wood am­bas­sador.

“I’m just ex­cited to meet new peo­ple, I think peo­ple tend to think that Hamish and I lead an ex­trav­a­gant life­style or have celebrity friends,” she laughs.

“But we don’t; we are very ba­sic peo­ple and are so busy with sport and work that we don’t get out enough.

“So this is a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity to meet some new peo­ple around Toowoomba.”

Make sure to say hello to Robyn when you see her at Weet­wood this year.

Even the teenagers say hello when you’re out run­ning!

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