Being a rural woman is about getting down and doing what needs to be done, according to Western Australian Communications Reference Group member Pip Rumble.
As 2012 Western Australian Rural Ambassador, Pip was exposed to experiences and opportunities that showed the potential she had to make a difference.
Now on eight committees (including her children’s school board, Mullewa District Agricultural Society, Mullewa Muster and Rodeo), Pip speaks from the heart when she says how much rural women’s volunteering contributions are valued.
“Get into your community and get your hands dirty, lend a hand with a project or organisation that needs some help,” she says. “Show just what rural, regional and remote Australian women can do.”
Pip grew up in a series of regional and rural towns in the west, daughter of a school principal and a civil engineer. Before she and her husband settled down on a property at Tenindewa, they sought treasure beneath the red dirt as gemstone miners and fossil collectors.
“It was an amazing experience,” she says. “The women I met in those out of the way places showed me the strength and resilience embedded in their very bones.”
Amidst the love and chaos of mothering three children, Pip is studying at university and writing online.