Girls’ night out brings ray of sun­shine to drought- hit women

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - IVY JAMES

FA­CIALS, belly danc­ing, a cock­tail party and a camp­fire din­ner un­der the stars cer­tainly meet the cri­te­ria for a girls’ night out.

And that’s just what Ni­cole Dart from Keen Gea Sta­tion, Tor­rens Creek, has in store for bush women who’ve been do­ing it tough in drought- rav­aged north­west Queens­land.

Ms Dart and four friends are or­gan­is­ing the Weather or Not ladies week­end as a treat for women who have been hold­ing it to­gether through years of drought.

It’s be­ing held at the Kooroorinya Races Re­serve, 60km south of Prairie, on Au­gust 29 and 30.

The idea was born over cuppa with friends.

“I was over at my friend’s place and we were sit­ting around the ta­ble hav­ing a cup of tea just hav-

a ing a bit of an af­ter­noon, I sup­pose,” she said.

“The three of us were hav­ing a bit of a chat and laugh, talk­ing about things, our kids and just how ev­ery­one was go­ing.

“And we thought, ‘ why don’t we do this for ev­ery­one, get ev­ery­one to­gether and make a do of it’.

“We put a few more feel­ers out and got more peo­ple on board, and five of us friends have been busy ever since, work­ing to put this event on.” Ms Dart said she hoped the girls’ week­end would give bush women a much- needed lift.

“What we need is a good break, so come Mon­day we can feel re­freshed and re­vived and push our­selves to get back into it,” she said.

She said women were com­ing from as far away as Lon­greach.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Weather or Not – Kooroorinya Ladies Week­end Face­book page.

HELP­ING OUT: Co- or­gan­is­ers of the ladies night, Ni­cole Dart, Robyn Brown and Jody Mur­ray.

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