Our Peo­ple - Leah Scott

Mans­field brings Leah home af­ter orig­i­nally work­ing on the snow­fields

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By SAM ROUGET

IT was 2001 when Leah Scott first stepped foot on the snow­fields of Mount Buller.

Leah had been liv­ing and work­ing in Queens­land at the time, but af­ter com­ing down to the snow, landed her­self a job at the Mount Buller Chalet.

Leah met her fu­ture hus­band, Clin­ton, within a week of set­ting foot on the mountain - and will forever as­so­ciate the snow­fields with ro­mance.

She con­tin­ued to work at the Chalet for many win­ters, and even­tu­ally be­gan to run the Pre­ston Ski Lodge.

Leah ran the lodge in 2003 – but, af­ter fall­ing preg­nant with her son, Leah and Clin­ton moved to St Kilda.

Austin was born in Mel­bourne - and af­ter a brief stint in Mans­field, the fam­ily sought a change in life­style, first to the beach, and then later to Can­berra where their sec­ond child, Phoebe, was born.

“We were gyp­sies for a few years there,” Leah said.

While in Can­berra, Leah be­gan to work in hos­pi­tal­ity reser­va­tions and front of­fice jobs.

“I even­tu­ally fell into the event side of things,” Leah said

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, and I learnt a lot that helped me later in life.”

She was, at the time, work­ing at The Hy­att in Can­berra, or­gan­is­ing events for pub­lic fig­ures: pres­i­dents, rock stars, celebri­ties and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

“I loved my job,” Leah said.

“I got to meet lots of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, and re­ally got a feel for how the events in­dus­try worked.”

When it came time for Austin to be­gin school, the fam­ily of four moved back to Mel­bourne to be closer to fam­ily.

While liv­ing there, Leah landed a job with Show­time At­trac­tions; a com­pany which or­gan­ises children’s en­ter­tain­ment events.

Much to the envy of both her friends, and her children, Leah worked with many fa­mous pub­lic fig­ures – in­clud­ing Jimmy Gig­gle, Emma Watkins the yel­low Wig­gle - even Kim Kar­dashian.

“The Kim Kar­dashian meet and greet was one of the cra­zi­est things that I’ve done,” Leah said.

“I had to or­gan­ise the event – it was pretty in­tense; it was right when smart­phones went main­stream and peo­ple were ev­ery­where, jostling to try and film Kim.”

At the same time, the fam­ily vis­ited Mans­field when­ever they could, drawn by their love of the snow and pre­vi­ous his­tory with the town.

Even­tu­ally, they de­cided the Mel­bourne life­style wasn’t for them.

“We love it up here,” Leah said. “I re­mem­ber grow­ing up in a re­laxed neigh­bour­hood where mum knew it was safe for us to walk home; I wanted that for my kids, and I knew we weren’t go­ing to get that in the sub­urbs.”

When an ad­ver­tis­ing ac­count man­ager po­si­tion came up for North East Tourist News and North East Direc­tory, Leah jumped at it - suc­cess­fully land­ing the job.

“I was just wait­ing for the right op­por­tu­nity to arise,” Leah said, ex­plain­ing that her back­ground of tourism and events fit the role per­fectly.

Be­cause she isn’t busy enough work­ing full time and with two children, Leah also works at the De­latite Win­ery over the week­ends.

To fur­ther add to her load, Leah – with her mother and daugh­ter - have of­fi­cially launched their own new cloth­ing busi­ness, Mountain Miss.

The busi­ness cur­rently has over 100 hand-se­lected pieces and plenty of hand-made cloth­ing items.

Leah is also the sec­re­tary of the Mans­field Pony Club, and en­joys the time it al­lows her to spend with daugh­ter, Phoebe.

All up, Leah has a lot on her plate – but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’ve got my fingers in a lot of pies,” Leah said.

“But my motto is ‘love what you do, do what you love’.”

PHOTO: Sam Rouget

FAM­ILY: Pic­tured are (from left) Leah Scott and her daugh­ter Phoebe Scott launch­ing their new cloth­ing range, Mountain Miss, at last week­end’s Bush Mar­ket.

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