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.