Let’s Woman Up,
the latest episode of Visible Farmer features Jaru native woman and
pastoralist, Darrilyn Gordon who there isn’t a job that women can’t do.
is the only woman working on Lamboo Station, located in Halls Creek, WA in the East
Kimberly region. The Station is an Indigenous property, run and owned by Ngunjiwirri
Aboriginal Corporation and covers 361,000 hectares devoted to 2,500 cattle.
grown up on the Station, Darrilyn has always loved the challenges of farming
and says that there is no other job she’d rather be doing.
with cattle runs in my family, and from the time I remember getting involved in
the mustering and you know, hanging off my grandfather just to sticky beak in
the yard’s is when I knew it was for me,” Ms Gordon said.
There’s not a job that a woman can’t do when it comes to working on a station or a farm.
chose to get myself out there because it’s something that I loved doing and I
wasn’t going to let anybody stop me from doing what I love.”
up, Darrilyn was surrounded by predominately male figures which meant she had
to fight harder in order to have her voice heard which proved. This has proved challenging
at times and even led to comments from people within her community that she was
disrespecting her culture.
a woman to challenge a man, you know, I’ve had criticism where people have said
to me that culturally that’s disrespectful and inappropriate, but I acknowledge
everything that my grandfather, my father and my uncles did before me,” said Ms
sort of have to push the boundaries so when it comes to strength, the only
thing I can think of is our voice.
“If we choose it to use it in the right way, choosing our battles wisely, then women are unstoppable.”
and networking with other women is a passion of Darrilyn’s who was recognised
for her contributions to the agriculture sector last year when she won 2018 WA
Rural Woman of the Year and was the National Runner Up at the 2018 AgriFutures
Rural Women’s Award.
the need to do something for her community, Darrilyn will look to offer 3-month
training programs for local Indigenous people in the future and is focused on
bringing people together to share ideas and continue to grow the agriculture
saw the gap in employment, especially for Aboriginal people,” said Ms Gordon.
what Lamboo has done for me and my siblings, I thought wow, how ideal or how
deadly would it be if I were to run a training program.”
a promising career on the horizon, the up and coming agriculture leader says
she has no plans to leave the land any time soon.
and working on country is the best thing,” said Ms Gordon.
is where my grandmother was born, my mother, this is their country and I have
an obligation now looking after this place. As an Aboriginal woman, I’ve really
stuck it out, I’ve really put up the fight and it’s not over yet.”