Hirst in Fields long-term

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS -

An­drew Hirst’s re­la­tion­ship with the Gold­fields is all too fa­mil­iar.

Ar­riv­ing in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der in Fe­bru­ary 2010 as St John Am­bu­lance’s new Gold­field­sEsper­ance re­gional man­ager, he saw the city merely as a “step­ping stone” to his fu­ture.

But like so many who ar­rive in the Gold­fields for a “short stay”, Mr Hirst dis­cov­ered an un­ex­pected love for the re­gion.

His once-tran­sient life­style is tes­ta­ment to the al­lure of the re­gion. Born in North York­shire, Mr Hirst moved to Mel­bourne in 1986 af­ter com­plet­ing his train­ing as a reg­is­tered nurse.

He later re­turned to the UK be­fore spend­ing time liv­ing in var­i­ous parts of the US.

A de­sire to re­turn home and be close to his chil­dren drew Mr Hirst back to Syd­ney, how­ever, and ul­ti­mately led to his move to Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

Rais­ing his young chil­dren, Mil­lie and Joshua, as a sin­gle fa­ther, he slowly grew ac­cus­tomed to life in the Gold­fields.

Watch­ing his chil­dren adapt to life in a re­gional cen­tre proved to be one of the high­lights of the past five years for Mr Hirst.

“It went re­ally well, I’m ever so proud of my kids for tran­si­tion­ing from liv­ing in north Syd­ney to liv­ing in the Gold­fields,” he said.

Now in the process of ren­o­vat­ing a newly ac­quired house with his part­ner, Mr Hirst said he was un­likely to leave Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“It’s the sense of com­mu­nity isn’t it? Go­ing out­side and say­ing g’day to peo­ple that you know, it’s a good feel­ing to be part of a com­mu­nity,” Mr Hirst said.

“I’ve been of­fered other jobs in other places since and none of them come up to liv­ing in this town and do­ing the job that I do.”

Pic­ture: Paul Braven

St John Am­bu­lance Gold­fields-Esper­ance re­gional man­ager An­drew Hirst has lived in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der since 2010.

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