Successful Warracknabeal business owner Sally Gebert thrives on challenges and she is both excited and inspired with her latest mission.
Sally has been accepted on to Rural Northwest Health’s board of management and she is determined to dedicate the same passion and commitment that she has given to her business ventures.
Sally’s varied and impressive background started in education before a major shift into coordinating and organising large-scale stage presentations in Sydney and writing and presenting training programs. Her business life amplified when she and husband Kevin bought a large hair and beauty salon in Sydney.
After turning the salon into a highly successful business, the couple decided it was time for a tree change and bought the old Commercial Hotel in Kevin’s hometown. They renovated the hotel and went with a completely new metropolitan image before changing its name to the Creekside.
It is now an award-winning business that features in State Government promotions highlighting rural Victoria lifestyles.
Sally said the move to Warracknabeal was more for leisure but the hotel had proved so popular that she was just as busy as before.
“We were in Sydney for 20 years and it gave us great opportunities but we have never looked back,” Sally said.
“I believe in Warracknabeal as a community and in wanting it to be a better and more vibrant place to live,” she said.
“Anything I can do through tourism and health to help provide that lifestyle for people is what I’m passionate about.
“I want it to be a destination for people and a reason for people to come back home.”
Sally believes Rural Northwest Health is a fine example of what can be achieved in a remote rural town.
“RNH is very much community focused and it has proven you don’t have to be a big city hospital to be successful,” she said.
“It’s already proven how awesome a health service it is with the awards it’s won in the past few years. It shows you can still live in the country and achieve great things.”
Sally said that while she didn’t have a background in health she believed she had much to offer RNH.
“I’ve already attended three board meetings as an observer and there’s a lot of terminology I have to learn,” she said.
“I attended the strategic planning weekend and that was overwhelming but it was also really exciting for me and I can see opportunity.
“I’m not from the health service but I will bring a business and promotion side to the team.
“I want RNH to always provide the best we can with what we’ve got for the community.”
RNH board chair Leo Casey said Sally would play an integral role with the health service’s expanding profile.
“Sally is passionate about our community and she is enthusiastic about what RNH is achieving,” Mr Casey said.
“The fact that her background is more business and promotional rather than health-related will make an ideal mix.”