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