What do you do? I’m the director of Hotham Freight and part owner of The Peak Pantry. My wife and I took over Hotham Freight 12 months ago and The Peak Pantry has been running for just over two months. What exactly is Peak Pantry? The Peak Pantry is a wholesale fresh produce provider. The initial thought behind it was predominately for business-to-business trading but we’ve alternated things now to suit domestic market. We’re currently selling pre-made produce boxes with a donation going back to a community group for each box sold. We always wanted to start a business which involved the community and at the moment boxes that get sold across at Sixpence Coffee, a donation goes to the Alpine Cycling Club. We’re in discussion with a couple of the local primary schools as well. What did you do before you came to Bright? I spent seven years over in Western Australia where I was involved in civil construction and excavation. I had a list of different roles over there and travelled around the state managing electrical projects. Before living in Fremantle I was doing the same thing in Melbourne and prior to that did commercial roofing.
Had you been up to Bright before you moved here?
On our return from Western Australia we did seven months caravanning around the country and Bright was one of our stops. We were here for a week and loved it but never thought we would make the move. It was a memorable trip because my son ended up in hospital after splitting his head so that’s another reason why we remembered Bright. When we were looking for a new place to settle and raise the kids Bright ticked a lot of the boxes. I find it amazing how people that live here want to be here whereas in lot of other places people aren’t like that. Here people have travelled the world and decided they want to come back here or move here. As you know there are not too many jobs but people are happy doing whatever. I find it a pretty cool place to live. Have you embraced the alpine lifestyle? I do love the outdoors. I’m fortunate enough that I get to ski quite regularly although it would be nice to do a bit more. My son is involved in the Alpine Cycling Club so I try and ride as a parent helper there. I like trail running and have got involved with the running group at the Alpine Fitness Centre and kayaking is another hobby I hope to do more of.