Television star Catriona Rowntree delighted a Landcare audience at Shepparton last week.By Laura Griffin
Television personality Catriona Rowntree charmed the room with her easy nature and self-deprecation at Goulburn Murray Landcare Network’s summer lunch last Wednesday in Shepparton.
Ms Rowntree hosted shows including the Nine Network’s Getaway and Wonder World! for two decades and since trading the silver screen for the farm she shares with husband James Pettit and two sons, has become a Landcare ambassador.
She said it was a way to make her husband proud.
‘‘My husband is a sheep and grain farmer and as long as I have known him, he has been involved with Landcare,’’ Ms Rowntree said.
‘‘Our property near Geelong dates back to the 1860s and over the course of time, the elements have taken their toll. My husband on his own and with the help of Landcare has done a lot to restore the farm.’’
She said Landcare was a unique amalgamation of farmers and environmentalists, which brought together people interested in offering future generations a better environment.
Ms Rowntree joked she did not know how she could contribute to the family farm.
‘‘I can’t cook, I can’t shear – I thought ‘why does this man like me?’,’’ she said.
‘‘One skill I do have is I can talk a leg off a chair.’’
Ms Rowntree said through her public profile, she could encourage people to buy wool or get involved with Landcare, whether it be planting a tree or donating money.
‘‘We get involved with Landcare not for ourselves, because we won’t all be around to see a plant grow into its glory, but for our children and future generations.’’
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.