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Maree Lowes


Maree Lowes grew up in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, commencing her instrumental and drama studies at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium, for which she won both Junior and Senior scholarships for dramatic art.

Further acting studies at the 16th Street Actors Studio and the Actors Centre in New York were interspersed with completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Indigenous Studies at Newcastle University and filming the first series of dirtgirlworld for mememe productions in 2009.

She has performed threatre roles with the Clarence Valley Conservatorium, the Australian Theatre for Young People, in Miramar Production’s film Waiting for the Turning of the Earth, and is in demand as a versatile voiceover artist.

She has performed ‘live’ as dirtgirl at concerts and events and never fails to engage young audiences with her characterisation of the animated character they know and love so well.



Michael Balk


Michael grew up on the North Coast of New South Wales and has had a diverse career as an actor, presenter, singer and producer. In the last ten years he has worked extensively in Television, Musical Theatre, Film, Corporate Videos, Commercials, and performed at countless Charity and Festival Events.

Most recently Michael has worked regularly in Children’s Television. He plays the lead role in the preschool show Wurrawhy on Network Ten and performs the feature role of scrapboy in ABC 4 kids’ dirtgirlworld.

Michael is a senior committee member for the Actors & Entertainers Benevolent Fund of Queensland, and has been a proud member of Media Entertainment Arts Alliance since 2000.

Costa Georgiadis


Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect with all-consuming passion for plants and people. He believes soil and water are central to absolutely everything and their availability and sustainability is of the utmost global importance.

He is actively involved with delivering this message to the broader community, regularly extending his passion and excitement to students of all ages from pre-school to tertiary level and engaging with industry groups and community organisations.

As host and co-creator of Costa’s Garden Odyssey for SBS television, Costa caught the attention of the nation. 2014 sees him continue his journey as much-loved host of ABC’s Gardening Australia, bringing to it his unique, inimitable and delightful approach to nurturing and gardening the plants and people of Australia.

The Greenthumbs

Often the TV world will celebrate kids who are fantastic musicians or unbelievable at sport
but this time it was the kids who know all about pumpkins, frogs and seed saving that we went looking for.
We put the call out for our greenthumbs from the Northern Rivers Region of NSW and we found
some great kids who love getting grubby.

These kids are 100% natural … and 100% awesome!

More than 100 ‘audition videos’ were submitted in response to a call out on Facebook
and via regional media. Some greenthumbs were recruited via Kurtis Laurie, Aboriginal
Education Officer at Yamba Public School and Helen T, playscape designers for their help.

The greenthumbs segments were filmed at the Yamba Community Garden
and The Cubby House for Kids in Northern NSW.

Alex Alford
Blake Bishop
Zahli Carmichael
Sienna Clifton
Maverick Fear
Jade Garrad
Jaia Garrad
Sava Garrett


Jack Hayes
Jada Leon
Reuben Lewis
Heidi Lewis
Kohdee Madden
Toph Mathieson
Ochre Moore
Eltham Moore

April O’Reilly
Cedar O’Reilly
Olive O’Reilly
Trent Pearce
Zakye Pearce
Savanna Radford
Brianna Roberts
Sophie Robinson

Zoe Robinson
Emma Senz
Olivia Senz
Nala Vos
Gem Waters
Amalie Wells
Hayden Whyte
Harvey Young-Dougherty

Production Team

Cate McQuillen

co-creator, writer, producer, director

Cate McQuillen is up  to her eyeballs in creating and producing stuff for kids.

Her stuff includes dirtgirlworld, which is screening in 129 countries and has manifested addictive songs, well-loved books, mind-blowing apps, interactive websites a pre-school sustainability curriculum and even a branded garbage service with dirtgirlworld garbage trucks … for real!

Her trophy shelf includes an AFI , an ADG and the InternationalDigital EMMY for children and young people.

Ask her what she ‘does’ and she will say she’s a singer. Not just the singing voice of dirtgirl, Cate also performs the theme song for ABC4Kids hosted slot Giggle and Hoot.

Cate thanks her lucky stars for satellite broadband, carbon credits, the digital revolution, fresh air, home grown veggies and rainwater.

Hewey Eustace

co-creator, writer, producer, composer

Hewey started playing, performing and composing at 9 years of age and is still doing so today.

Composing soundscapes and scores for documentaries and advertising, has enriched his musical experience.

His songs from dirtgirlworld have been nominated for ARIAs and ev’ry little drop was awarded Best Children’s Song in the International Songwriting Competition.

He also composed the incredibly addictive theme song for ABC4Kids project Giggle and Hoot.

An engaged human, Hewey is interested in our planet, growing food and helping save our environment through music.


Executive Producers: Jenny Lalor, Bill and Barbara Eustace

Executive Producer ABC4Kids: Chris Rose

Production Manager: Aliison Kelly

Production Coordinator: Patty Preece

Art Direction: Tamsin Smyth

Art Department: Gav Barbey, Nikki Pearson

Wardrobe & Makeup: Melania Jack

Camera Operator: Simon Koloadin

Camera Operator/Gaffer: Marcus Wilson

Location Sound Recordist: Brett Oliver

Digital Unit/Stills: Jimmy Malecki

Clapper Loader: Darren Currie

Production Assistant: Kevin Reid

Sound Production and Music by: Cameron McKenzie


Kane Shields, Geof Webb, Kellie Shields, Tracy Stephens, Clint Topic, Tash Fraser, Ross Fraser, Jay Green, Bev Carlyle, Tim Carlyle, Mark Hackett, Judy Hackett, Georgia Hackett, Matt Cable, Chris Skinner, Helen Tyas Tunggal, Kurtis Laurie, Karen Gilbert and Belle Johnston.