Founder “Animals on Bikes” Sculpture Trail & Rent A Farmhouse for $1/Week Scheme, Cumnock Farm Mum & Direct Marketing International Sales Expert.
When Christine Weston saw the devastating impacts of drought on the schools, community, industry and morale of Cumnock, she couldn’t stand by and watch the region crumble. Like many country women, she put her ample ingenuity and skills together to come up with sustainable, viable action plans to reinvigorate the region. The Rent a Farmhouse for $1/Week Scheme was implemented first to stem the population drift and the mass closing down of local small schools in the area. The population was revived enough to save the local Cumnock School and Christine still has 16,000 people on her database ten years on who are interested in making a tree change from the city to the area. The move inspired many other small rural communities to adopt similar schemes. Christine went on to mobilized her forces towards strengthening the largely rural reliant industry with a tourism boost through the development of the “Animals on Bikes” Sculpture Trail in 2008. With local farmers, Schools and Show Societies on-board, there are now 111 sculptures scattering the landscape on the 120km drive from Molong to the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. What began as a visual fantasy for children and an attraction for all tourists, became a living, ever-growing morale boosting focal point for the community who overwhelmingly adopted project.