Rikki works to tap com­mu­nity’s beat

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RIKKI Raadsveld was born in a small fish­ing vil­lage called Workum in The Nether­lands’ prov­ince of Fries­land. Her fam­ily em­i­grated to Aus­tralia in the spring of 1960 when she was two. They made their home in Stan­ley in about 1976. Rikki later spent 20 years liv­ing near the Surf Coast, mov­ing back to Beech­worth in 2013 with her part­ner, Lex Fletcher. What’s your job? I have two day jobs, at Vi­sion Aus­tralia Al­bury in mar­ket­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and events and at Com­mu­nity Ac­cess­abil­ity in Wodonga man­ag­ing around 270 vol­un­teers pro­vid­ing com­mu­nity trans­port for the aged and dis­abil­ity sec­tor in the Greater Hume re­gion. My fun job is Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. What brought you to th­ese roles? When I look back over my work­ing life, I’m not re­ally sure how I got to my cur­rent roles. From work­ing in the horse in­dus­try at 15, it’s been an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney, but I love a chal­lenge and each job over the years has led me to the next. What do you love about your jobs? I en­joy in­ter­est­ing and di­verse roles and learn­ing new things. The not-for-profit sec­tor brings its nat­u­ral re­wards of work­ing for com­mu­nity ben­e­fit and, of course, Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is bring­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent to the Beech­worth com­mu­nity that I be­lieve com­ple­ments the his­tory and cul­ture that the town has in abun­dance. What do you do in the com­mu­nity? Beech­worth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val’s ‘Boom Box’ is pro­vided for commentary, mu­sic and live-to-air ra­dio broad­cast at many events in the area. I’ve vol­un­teered at the iconic Ned Kelly Vault and now help out with the Bar­rowthon (Beech­worthMount Buf­falo wheel­bar­row char­ity push).

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent com­mu­nity is­sue for you?

What would you do to solve, change or im­prove that sit­u­a­tion?

Try to re­main open-minded and without judge­ment – every­one has a story.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent world is­sue for you?

The dis­place­ment of refugees around the world.

If the per­son you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was al­ready here, who would that be and what would you show them?

My Ome (un­cle) Ger from Hol­land. I met him once when he came to Aus­tralia in the early 1990’s. He would watch me ride my showjumper Banjo and asked if I could teach him to ride. As a (very fit) re­tiree I thought it would be a chal­lenge but he quickly learned to trot and can­ter safely on Banjo. He en­joyed spend­ing time in the bush on his visit so I would take him rid­ing again and show him places like Wal­laby mine and the his­toric gold rush land­scape. Why the land­scape? There is so much free­dom - so good for the mind, body and soul! What book are you read­ing? I re­cently fin­ished Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’. I saw her per­form at Hamer Hall – an in­spi­ra­tional poet and artist.

GEN­ER­OUS: Beech­worth’s Rikki Raadsveld en­joys the re­wards of work­ing for the not-for-profit sec­tor for com­mu­nity ben­e­fit, and for lo­cal peo­ple to en­joy Beech­worth’s Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Men­tal health. It re­mains largely hid­den and stig­ma­tised, es­pe­cially in a vi­brant com­mu­nity like Beech­worth.

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