Volunteer ranks need kind boost
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.