Nola Marino is a member of the Australian house of Representatives. She was elected as the Federal Member for the seat of Forrest on November 24, 2007. She’s a Government Whip and makes frequent trips to Parliament in Canberra.
Stilettos and Wellingtons
I’ve met Nola on a number of occasions and I’ve always been wowed by her incredible energy and commitment to the community. I’ve listened to her speak about cyber-security, been invited to one of her fun “Girls Nights Out” and heard her talk in a more formal capacity too.
Nola was born and raised in Brunswick Junction, a small country town in the south west of Western Australia. She was educated in Brunswick, Harvey and Bunbury and although a country girl at heart, you’ll find her equally at home in a pair of stilettos as wellington boots. I can remember her once telling me that she often leaves her farm at the crack of dawn and has to get out of her car, into the mud to open a gate, incongruously dressed in her work-wear high heels!
In reality she’s a high achiever. Nola was the ABC Regional Rural Woman of the Year in 1996, received a Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Community in 1997 from the Harvey Shire Council and a Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award (WA) in 2004.
So a big thank you to Nola for taking the time to divulge her thoughts and tips … about health, happiness and style.
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What does being healthy mean to you?
Being happy every day, staying fit and well enough to enjoy doing the things I want to do – my work, cooking for family and friends, reading and AFL footy (local and national).
Is exercise important? What do you do?
I’m a walker – I have a treadmill in my Canberra office that I use at around 5.30 each morning and another at my home in Harvey that I get on at night – I aim for an hour each day plus 5 minutes of hand weights.
Do you watch your weight? Any tips for women over 50?
I’ve needed to watch my weight since I was 18 (5ft tall- every kilo shows!) Tips – lean protein, heaps of vegetables, dairy-based calcium and fruit – keep busy!!!
What’s your favourite quotation?
If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
What’s the best thing about getting older?
That I’m living long enough to get older (my special cousin died recently of cancer – we grew up together and were the same age).
What’s the worst thing about getting older?
Less time to do everything I want to do!
What’s your biggest achievement?
My children and building a business from scratch.
What would you still like to achieve?
Everything I can fit in to every day – life is a gift.
What’s in your handbag that you can’t do without?
My glasses, phone and lipstick.
How would you describe your style?
Tailored pieces, accessories and great shoes.
Favourite piece(s) of clothing?
Shoes of course!
If you had to pick a favourite place in Western Australia where would it be and why?
At home on our farm in Harvey – most of my life’s work – beautiful open green paddocks, trees, our friesian cows, horses – heaven!
What do you love about Western Australia?
The amazing south west – it’s diversity, the weather, beaches, scenery, some of the best quality food in the world and its ‘can-do’ people.
What’s on your bucket list?
More of all the above plus writing children’s books and maybe the family history.
Favourite holiday destination worldwide?
Melbourne to watch AFL football and do some shopping with my daughter.
Bio: Upon leaving school, Nola worked in a Public Accountancy firm until she married her husband, Charlie. On the same day they were married, Nola and Charlie bought their first dairy and beef property in Harvey. Nola has taken an active, physical role in developing and growing their family business which includes their son Kim and daughter-in-law Deanna. Their daughter Kylie, also lives and works in the region. You can find out more about Nola on her Website Here.
Over to you Lifestylers. What are your top tips for staying healthy and happy as we get older?