AIM Road Trip: Beef Week in Rockhampton

Thursday 10 May 2012

They are city slickers to the core, but Australian Institute of Management – Qld & NT executives Sarah Dreaver and Michelle Cooper are also equally at home when confronted with some of the world’s most fearsome wildlife.

Mrs Dreaver and Ms Cooper spent the first half of day two on their expedition to Rockhampton for Beef Week up close and personal with massive crocodiles.

Guests of AIM Qld & NT members John and Lillian Lever at Koorana Crocodile Farm, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Dreaver took part in a three-hour learning tour on the farm which houses upwards of 3000 crocodiles and is less than 45 minutes from the heart of Rockhampton.

Clad in their customary AIM-branded lycra costumes, Mrs Dreaver and Ms Cooper joined a group of tourists on the tour and were fortunate enough to witness and video the hatching of a baby crocodile.

From the babies it was onto the big boys, like 35-year-old Rocky – massive 780kg crocodile that is stretches well over four metres in length and spends his days lurking in the shallows of his large pen and eating chickens.

By midday, the tour was over and it was time to for the short trip back to the pair’s humble abode at Tent City in the Rockhampton Showgrounds to regroup and transverse every corner of the massive triennial trade expo that is Beef Week.

Countless photos with locals, interstate and international attendees later, Mrs Dreaver and Ms Cooper readied themselves for the next learning phase of the day – a rugby league training session with the Central Queensland Capras at Rockhampton Leagues Club.

Kitted out in the Capras blue and white playing strip, Mrs Dreaver and Ms Cooper played touch footy, took part in the training drills and generally stole the show despite the presence of a WIN television camera crew and the entire football club’s coaching and management staff.

At full-time, it was time for a much needed glass of bubbles at renowned Rockhampton establishment The Criterion and back to Tent City for some beauty sleep in preparation for day three which will be highlighted by a trip up the Fitzroy River and the Hats and Heels Cocktail Party.

Sarah Dreaver and Michelle Cooper

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