From road-trains to catwalks – it’s just another day at the office for Brooke Cutler
DRIVING road-trains during the week and winning fashion competitions on weekends – it was just another day at the office for Brooke Cutler on Saturday at Moree Race Club’s Pacific National Westpac Rescue Helicopter Chopper Cup meeting.
Brooke scooped the Beauty Matters Fashions on the Field competition in her red tulip dress made by Pink Ruby, complemented by a black clutch and black peektoe wedge high heels.
Her hair and headpiece were done by Jas Ward, whose Impressions Hair Studio salon on Heber Street recently won a state-wide Redken competition for the biggest increase in retail sales for 2016.
“When they said my name I was sure there must have been another Brooke in the line-up,” Brooke said.
“I was absolutely stunned. It’s the first fashion on the field I have been in and I won – just incredible.”
It’s a catwalk or two away from her former day job with Cultum Farming.
Brooke has just completed a three-year stint as property manager at Bullarah for David and VJ Boland.
A large part of her job was operating a blue and white Kenworth W model and next month, Brooke starts as an agronomist with Moree agricultural behemoth McGregor Gourlay.
“It’s a huge change, but is a massive career advancement,” Brooke said.
“When I worked for Dave and VJ I was running the Kenworth as a tri-dolly road-train during harvest as well as doing a lot of low-loader work.
“I absolutely love truck driving. It’s always funny arriving at the silos – the blokes are amazing when a female jumps out,” Brooke smiled.
“The old girl and I did a lot of miles all over the country side and it is a major part of my job that I will miss, but I’m really excited to have the opportunity to study agronomy.”
Brooke has been operating heavy machinery since the age of 21, and first jumped behind the wheel of a prime-mover when she was just 17.
“I could go up my gears but could not come down them, so I’d just get going then have to stop when I turned the corners otherwise the truck would stall,” she laughed.
“But I’m really looking forward to starting at McGregor Gourlay and who knows, I might even make it to a few more race meetings.”
Words and Image: Bill Poulos