Central Highlands Development Corporation

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Running rings around a cliché

Words from a local

Cassie Turner is shattering the misconception that country life is slow, quiet and dull.

The then-university graduate moved to Emerald in 2017 to start her career as an agronomist and Cassie quite literally hit the ground running!

"There is so much to do!" the 29-year-old says.

"My weekends are constantly full with sport, hiking, adventuring, markets, events, or seeing friends.

"I play touch football, I am in the Emerald Runners Club, I go to New Beginnings Personal Training Gym, and I Park Run."

One cliché Cassie confirms is true is the warm hospitality of regional communities.

"I have made many lifelong friends in the Central Highlands. 

"Emerald is extremely friendly - there are always people to go camping or skiing with - and everyone is very supportive."

Cassie, who moved to Emerald from Blackall in Central Western Queensland, also appreciates the career opportunities this region offers.

"The Central Highlands is a fantastic place to get your foot in the door. There's a wide range of industries here so you're sure to find something you like and there's less competition for jobs compared to larger areas.

"For me, working in the local agriculture industry has been very rewarding because it's so diverse and I get to learn so many new and interesting things every day."