Gabriella crowned this year's Showgirl at Lismore
A PASSION for the local area and its farming future has helped Gabriella Elder-Robinson to be crowned as the 2015 Showgirl at the North Coast National held at Lismore showground over the weekend.
"I wasn't expecting it," she said.
The field of six was competitive and diverse, and she felt the other contestants "had a few things on me," she said.
It was her ability "to pitch" her passion for the local area that got her over the line, she said.
"I am passionate about Nimbin and the surrounding farm areas, and I like Lismore's focus on small-scale sustainable farming," she said.
The area is well suited to small-scale farming and self-sufficiency.
"With the way the weather patterns are going, we all have to focus in on buying local," she said.
"This is the great thing about Lismore, it is big on local food," she said.
This is well supported across the area by many local growers markets she said.
"There is also a focus on organic, I think people are focusing on what they want out of their food," she said.
"That is what the area is famous for. I am really proud of that," she said.
Ms Elder-Robinson grew-up in the Nimbin area and works at the local Real Estate Agency.
Runners-up for Miss Showgirl were primary school teacher Lauren Currie and apprentice butcher Kelly Bryant.