BUSY LIFESTYLE: Michele Perrett enjoys a contrast of beauty therapy and beef farming.
BUSY LIFESTYLE: Michele Perrett enjoys a contrast of beauty therapy and beef farming. Renee Albrecht

Perrett thrives on beauty, beef farming and fitness

SHE grew up around cattle and small crops, milked the dairy cows next door for pocket money, and now runs a property with 2000 head of stud cattle.

As a 44-year-old mother of two, beautician, fitness fanatic, business owner and wife to a state politician, "busy" does not quite cover Michele Perrett's lifestyle.

Mrs Perrett was born and raised in Toowoomba, and married now-Gympie MP Tony Perrett when she was 20 years old.

They moved to Kingaroy before buying property in Kilkivan, where they now run stud beef cattle.

"We've been in Kilkivan since '97, and we love it," Mrs Perrett said.

"It's a beautiful property... a beautiful, undulating property," she said.

She owns her own beauty business as well as the cattle business, and described the two as "a wonderful contrast".

"I get to do the nice, glamorous stuff, and then I get to go on the property and wear my jeans and my boots," she said.

"I'm a beauty therapist by trade, but I'm also a registered trainer, so I can train in beauty therapy and also business."

She does most of the paperwork to run the property, and finds time to support Mr Perrett in his political life.

"Tony and I have always been that really good team together," Mrs Perrett said.

"He was in local government for 13 years, so I was supporting him when he was in local government, attending functions and being the supportive wife.

"It's just continued on into state politics."

The pair have raised daughters Stephanie, 20, and Josephine, 18, and Mrs Perrett was thrilled to see them succeeding while staying true to their country roots.

"They've both grown to love (life on the property)," Mrs Perrett said.

"Our oldest daughter has just graduated her Bachelor of Commerce Degree with Accounting and Financial Planning, and our youngest daughter has just finished her first year doing a Business and a Science Degree."

The daughters' success mirrors the changing world of agriculture and business for women.

"These days, you have a lot of very capable women running major companies and properties," Mrs Perrett said.

"To have women involved in agriculture, it's the way that probably the world will go," she said.

Much of Mrs Perrett's community involvement has followed her daughters' development: first playgroup, then kindergarten, swimming clubs, P&C, Girl Guides and dancing schools.

"I did a lot of volunteering when our children were younger, and you sort of follow your children through different community groups," she said.

She said in today's world, volunteering often had to fit in with families.

"You do notice a lot of the community groups are aging, which is unfortunate, but it is hard to volunteer for different organisations, because we live in such a busy, busy lifestyle," she said.

That means aside from the odd triathlon, Mrs Perrett's workouts have to be done at 5am.

"I'm a fanatic fitness person," she said.

"I always make sure I'm doing either my cycling, or my running, or my gym work."

But Mrs Perrett still manages to find quiet moments to indulge and play the piano or flute.

"I find it very relaxing to sit and play the piano, and I can sit there and play for an hour and then realise I've lost an hour of time."

Gympie Times


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