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Sally Witherspoon


Sally has been involved in the grazing industry on Cape York since 1969 and has a great passion for the country and the people. 

She and husband John lived and worked at Meripah until the family property was sold in 1986 and they left Cape York for eight years for their three children's higher education. 

The Cape was never far from her thoughts and an opportunity arose to purchase Bertiehaugh in 2004. Bound by the Wenlock and Ducie Rivers, Bertiehaugh has amazing natural attributes and they later sold the property to the Irwin family for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR). Sally and John now reside at Bertiehaugh on a Pastoral Sublease and are particularly involved in weed and feral animal control and the burning regime. Sally is a member of the SIWR Steering Committee. 

Sally has been a Board Member of The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) for over 10 years, where her personal knowledge of the Cape, its people and their health and wellbeing issues was a valuable contribution. 

Included in Sally's attainments are a Business Diploma, private pilot and triple road train licences, and many workshops and courses that include mapping, agricultural chemical usage, Low Stress Stockhandling, farm finance, quality assurance systems and the Qld Rural Fire Service.

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