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Here come the Chicks in the Sticks


Ladies in the Upper Wimmera Catchment will again have the chance to frock up all for the purpose of promoting sustainable farming practices, thanks to a financial grant by waste and recycling company SITA.

SITA Ballarat Branch Manager, Ian Howard presented the $3,065 grant to Project Platypus at their 20th Anniversary celebrations held at the Grange Golf Club on Friday, 17 October.

The next ‘Chicks in the Sticks’ event will take place in March 2015, when the ladies will be able to dress up and don their finest gumboots for a day out on the farm where they will enjoy canapés and cocktails whilst learning about sustainable farming practices.

The event run by Project Platypus, a community based network that aims to improve catchment health, is designed specifically for local women, particularly those who are involved in the family farm.

“The Chicks in the Sticks event aims to provide woman in agriculture the opportunity to enjoy a great day out and most importantly learn about sustainable farming,” Phil Hall, Chair of Project Platypus said.

“Demand for this event has grown over the years and this is evidenced by the increasing participation. It’s great to see so many people taking a keen interest in proactive solutions to better manage our farms. At the next event in March the participants will be able to take what they have learnt throughout the day and adapt and apply these management techniques on their farming properties.”

Phil said the SITA Community Grant is the major contributor to Project Platypus’ third Chicks in the Sticks event.

“Project Platypus exists to support and empower the community to improve the environmental health of the Upper Wimmera Catchment while maintaining and improving land productivity and we’re grateful for SITA’s support of our mission,” Phil added.

Mr Howard said SITA was delighted to be able to support such an important and fun community initiative in this region. 

“The Chicks in the Sticks event is a great initiative. It spreads the word about local farming practices that are environmentally, economically and socially beneficial, and all in a friendly and fun atmosphere,” he said.

“As a leader in the resource recovery sector, we were inspired by the promotion of sustainable business practices at a grass roots level. The event aims to educate and build lasting relationships where this information can be passed on and utilised in future again and again,” Mr Howard continued.

For more information on Project Platypus or Chicks in the Sticks, visit their website.









SITA Ballarat Branch Manager presents the grant to Project Platypus Board Member, Leanne Jackman

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