Jodi Ellis has been named the 2019 Guyra Showgirl – and she wants to use her position to advocate for the town.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “It’s a very good opportunity for me to represent my local community, and I just hope I can do them proud.”
The community has been through a rough time with drought, and shown a lot of resilience, Jodi said. She wants to show city counterparts that farmers are the best conservationists, despite a bad press.
Jodi lives in Armidale, working as an asset manager at Town and Country Estate, but is proudly Guyra born and bred.
Community involvement, she believes, makes the town special.
“Everyone’s always willing to help out!” Jodi said.
Guyra also has such a diverse range of agriculture, with lamb, cattle, the extension of the tomato farm, and the trout farm.
Jodi has been involved with the Guyra Show since childhood. Her parents always volunteered, and as soon as he could help, so did she.
“Ever since I can remember, we’ve always gone,” she said.
Jodi also volunteers with the Rural Fire Service. Her father is captain of the Wards Mistake fire station, and they help property owners put out small fires.
She’s also a member of the Wards Mistake Progress Association, which her parents set up seven years ago, to get grants for the area and foster community involvement. Every three weeks the association holds a tennis day / meet and greet for locals.
Jodi will be at the opening of the Guyra Show on Friday, February 22 – but unfortunately misses the Saturday show. She’ll be in Narrabri, competing in the Zone 4 showgirl finals.
Good luck, Jodi!