What is your job?
I am a property manager at Alpine Valley Real Estate, and I also do sales. Property management is about managing the rental properties, dealing with landlords and tenants, making sure the houses are safe and in good condition and that the tenants pay their rent. We have about 150 long term and holiday rentals and we also deal with storage sheds.
Is it something you always wanted to do?
No, probably not, though I have always been involved in sales and I feel I am a very much a people person. My first job was with the architects building the Monash Medical Centre, and then I became a personal assistant at the stockbrokers J B Weir. From there I went to Philip Morris and was with them for 10 years.
How did you come to live in the Kiewa Valley?
At Philip Morris I looked after their vending machines and that brought me to Falls Creek where I met a guy there. We had a long-distance relationship, and then decided to try out a closer relationship so I moved to Mt Beauty. That relationship didn’t work out and later I met my husband, David. We met walking our puppies, and were puppy-walking friends for at least eight months before it went any further. We were married at Annapurna and had the reception at The Brick, as it was then. I was working for PFD, a food distribution company based in Albury, and I’ve had lots of different jobs around town while my children were growing up. Kim got me to come and work here five or six years ago.
What do you love about the job?
I like the interaction with people. You also walk into work every day and you don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s something different every day. I really enjoy property sales because people get so excited, and I am so happy to have helped them achieve this new chapter in their lives. It’s similar with rental properties. I feel that I’m not just promoting the properties but the whole area and the lifestyle.
What do you do in your spare time?
I run LD’s Home Pet Care. We care for pets in their own homes so people can go away and not stress. It’s for people who can’t or don’t want to put their animals in kennels. We visit twice a day and feed them, talk to them, pat them and walk them. We look after mostly cats and dogs but also chickens, birds, rabbits, horses and cows. I have a background in horses so I feel confident with them. We’ve been doing that for 14 years. Apart from all that I run my daughters around to their different activities.