Little River businesswoman Emma Costin uses her life-long love of horses to teach leadership skills. She tells Cade Lucas about her life in Wyndham.
What’s your connection to Wyndham?
Wyndham is where I work and play! My husband and I moved to our Little River home back in 2012 and we’re raising our two little boys (aged 4 and 6 years) here. I also run my social enterprise EQ Leaders here – providing nature-based leadership and team development experiences with horses to organisations in our picturesque, peaceful setting.
What do you like about where you live?
We love the natural environment and the peace of living in a designated green wedge zone. We have an abundance of local fauna visit our home including a variety of birds, frogs, native reptiles, and even an occasional kangaroo! Little River has the feel of rural country community, with all the benefits of being so close to the convenience of Werribee and surrounds. The cultural diversity of the Wyndham community brings a richness and vibrance unrivalled by most municipalities.
What, if anything, would you change about where you live?
The smaller population of Little River means our roads and community facilities receive less attention than other areas. It would be great to see some improvement to roads and community facilities like the children’s park in the town, especially given it’s such a hotspot for visitors to the area.
Where is your favourite local place to spend time?
We love spending time at the You Yangs; the stunning backdrop to our home is our favourite place to visit as a family. In fact, it’s where I was married in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the town we bought our first home together. My sons and I love to bushwalk and learn about the cultural significance of the area to our First Nations people. We also love exploring the natural local surrounds; walks along Little River, visiting the beautiful Wyndham Park precinct along the Werribee River, and Werribee Park mansion and surrounds, including the K Road Cliffs. There are so many beautiful places to explore in the area.
Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.
Prior to starting a family, I was a race car driver! I raced a 1967 Ford Mustang across a number of Victorian Circuits, Phillip Island being my favourite track. I was also co-driver in a number of tarmac rallies each year, with Targa Tasmania being the highlight of the calendar. While current priorities are raising a family and running a busy social enterprise, it’s something I’d like to get back to one day.