Animals on Bikes and Christine’s community spirit

If you’re an avid read of RWN’s Country Web newsletter you will remember Christine Weston’s name for her fabulous Animals on Bikes arts initiative.

One of the many Animals on Bikes sculptures you will see along the tourist trail. Created by Christine and her family, this gorgeous ‘Pink Elephant’ is seen plucking a bicycle from the branches of a tree.

Christine, along with her good friend Debbie Blatch, came up with the Animals on Bikes idea several years ago. The 120km ‘Paddock Art’ sculpture trail, located in the Central West between Molong and Dubbo Zoo, is helping attract visitors to the Central West. It started as a series of 45 creative 2 metre high sculptures created by local farmers, farmers wives, Men’s sheds, busdriver, Preschool kids, Playgroup mums – anyone with an artistic flair! Now there are over 100 sculptures on display! (Watch this 3 minute video made by SMH about the sculptures on display.

It is Christine’s commitment and dedication to this project, and her local community of Cumnock, that has seen her awarded the inaugural Spirit of Community Leadership Award at a special ceremony on 3 May. She was one of three finalists selected from over 50 applicants nationwide for their outstanding and lasting contribution to their communities.

The Spirit of Community Leadership Award was created by Women & Leadership  Australia (WLA) to highlight and promote the amazing achievements of regional and rural women. The award is part of a national initiative to develop the leadership capacity of regional and rural women, and in so doing empower them to continue to make powerful and lasting contributions to their communities.

Christine was presented with her Award by Judge, Kathy Hirschfeld and News Presenter, Tracey Spicer at the Gala Dinner of the 2012 Australian Regional Women Leader’s Convention

The award was presented to Christine by Judge, Kathy Hirschfeld and News Presenter,  Tracey Spicer at the Gala Dinner of the 2012 Australian Regional Women Leader’s Convention, a major annual event attracting regional and rural women from across the country.

As national winner Christine will receive a full scholarship, valued at over $22,000 to  attend WLA’s flagship development course, the Advanced Leadership Program. Backed by a consortium of educational bodies and industry experts, the Advanced Leadership Program is part of a national initiative to increase Australia’s pool of executive level female leaders.

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2 Responses to Animals on Bikes and Christine’s community spirit

  1. What a great story! Well done Christine.

  2. I recently travelled along the scultpure trail and was blown away by the creativeness! Congratulations Christine – regional and rural communities need initiatives like this one to give them a boost.

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