Ros Hol­land

Alpine Observer - - News -

What do you do?

I’m owner-op­er­a­tor at Bright Mys­tic Val­ley Hol­i­day Units to­gether with Bren­dan, my hus­band. We re­alised that we needed to buy a busi­ness to make the move to Bright, as we couldn’t rely on find­ing jobs. We had lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence in the tourism ac­com­mo­da­tion in­dus­try be­fore and it’s been a steady learn­ing curve. We bought from won­der­ful op­er­a­tors and we just copied ev­ery­thing they had done for about two years. Now, we have done ma­jor ren­o­va­tions to the busi­ness and will fi­nalise the re­main­ing two units this year. We will then do mi­nor re­brand­ing to re­flect the new fo­cus.

How long have you been in Bright?

We moved to Bright seven years ago. We pre­vi­ously lived in in­ner Mel­bourne. We got our sec­ond dog and started think­ing about mov­ing out of the in­ner city to a more peace­ful lo­ca­tion in the sub­urbs - some­how that idea re­sulted in us mov­ing all the way to the Alpine re­gion. At the time most of our friends thought we were mad. Now of course, they all want to move here too. Our two dogs are very happy to live here and say thank you every day.

You’re quite in­volved in the com­mu­nity, what groups are you a part of?

This is such an easy com­mu­nity to find groups that suit my in­ter­ests. I’m on the Spring Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, the Bright Com­mu­nity Bank, and the Hol­i­day Unit Group. I also reg­u­larly at­tend the Bright Cham­ber of Com­merce and Alpine Women’s Group monthly gather­ings. These are all very dif­fer­ent groups and I’ve made lots of good friends.

Bren­dan is quite in­volved in the com­mu­nity as well, what do both of you en­joy about it?

Ini­tially, join­ing com­mu­nity groups was a good way to meet peo­ple. I joined my first com­mit­tee about one month af­ter ar­riv­ing. Also, al­though we had ful­fill­ing lives in Mel­bourne it’s harder to have a sense of com­mu­nity spirit in such a busy en­vi­ron­ment and that was one of the things we were look­ing for. Bren­dan is in­volved with just as many groups and he takes stun­ning pho­tos of the re­gion that he shares with ev­ery­one.

What have you done for work in the past?

I had a man­age­ment con­sult­ing prac­tice and I thought I would con­tinue that when I moved. It didn’t take long to re­alise that I much pre­ferred to spend my time here rather than driv­ing or catch­ing the train back to Mel­bourne. I some­times still do small projects for long term clients but that part of my ca­reer is over re­ally.

What do you do in your spare time?

About a year af­ter I moved here I bought a moun­tain bike and started rid­ing with a won­der­ful group of women. We have lots of fun hit­ting the trails and then so­cial­is­ing over a cof­fee. My main hobby is gar­den­ing and we have enough space to in­dulge all my ideas for shrubs, trees, and gar­den fur­ni­ture. Bren­dan some­times get a bit tired of dig­ging holes for me, al­though he’s re­ally very pa­tient.

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