Vol­un­teer ranks need kind boost

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STEVE Collins was born in Beech­worth and has lived there for a large part of his life, ex­cept for stints at univer­sity, re­mote work and travel. He cur­rently lives on the out­skirts of Beech­worth with his wife Lisa and one-year-old son Otis. What’s your job? I’m a sur­veyor, which pretty much en­tails mea­sur­ing ob­jects and then anal­y­sis, vol­umes and plans. I have re­cently started my own busi­ness called Alpine Sur­vey and Map­ping. What brought you to this role? Af­ter start­ing com­puter sci­ence when first leav­ing high school (leav­ing uni dur­ing first year) I in­stead worked in var­i­ous roles and one of them was for the depart­ment of nat­u­ral re­sources as a ge­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tems of­fi­cer. I re­ally en­joyed the work and de­cided to en­rol as a ma­ture-age univer­sity stu­dent a cou­ple years later, and trans­ferred from GIS to sur­vey­ing mid-course. What do you love about your job? With­out a doubt it is work­ing out­doors. A lot of the time I work in iso­lated ar­eas and in some pretty amaz­ing spots. It’s some­thing I will never get sick of – ex­cept for the snakes. What do you do in the com­mu­nity? I grew up play­ing sport and that evolved into some great friend­ships and has now drawn me into as­sist­ing on var­i­ous com­mit­tees. I have pre­vi­ously been president of Beech­worth Foot­ball Net­ball Club, cur­rently vice-president at Beech­worth Ten­nis Club and look for­ward to help­ing out in other great lo­cal pro­jects in the fu­ture

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

A lack of vol­un­teers. Vol­un­teer­ing in var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions (whether it be SES, sport­ing groups, char­ity groups, CFA and the like) is a mas­sive part of build­ing and sus­tain­ing a com­mu­nity. I would like to see more peo­ple stick­ing their hand up, so

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

En­cour­age peo­ple where I can to get in­volved.

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

Con­stant news cover­age mixed with the politi­cal world (both Aus­tralian and world­wide) tells it all. It makes for a bizarre state where prom­ises are for­got­ten as quickly as they are made and there seem to be no reper­cus­sions. The ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic for­get what the politi­cal par­ties prom­ise, as they are over-ab­sorbed with con­stant news sto­ries be­fore the pre­vi­ous ones have sunk in. My dis­may with the cur­rent govern­ment’s lack of fore­thought on so­lar power and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy is part of this.

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?

English co­me­dian Ross No­ble. I’d prob­a­bly like to just fol­low him around and lis­ten to his ob­ser­va­tions as he took in some of the more in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters and land­marks of In­digo. Why would you show him that? His ob­ser­va­tional hu­mour is fan­tas­tic and it’d be pretty hi­lar­i­ous what he could come out with. What book are you read­ing? ‘8-Week Blood Su­gar Diet’, by Michael Mosley. It’s a pretty in­ter­est­ing read about some re­cent di­a­betes stud­ies.

that peo­ple don’t get ‘burnt out’ by over­load.

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