Busy adventurer now living the dream

By Ieva Tomsons

BEFORE dropping anchor in Toodyay in 2012, Helen Shanks fished the Singapore Strait, immersed her family in remote Aboriginal communities and worked as a senior executive writing ministerial submissions.

For a kid who grew up on a wheat and sheep farm in Lake King she has packed a swag of vastly different experiences into her life.

“My father was progressive and taught his daughters to drive tractors, trap rabbits and take a lead in decision making.”


Helen Shanks at home in her Toodyay permaculture garden.

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