What is your job?
It depends what day it is and what hat I’m wearing.My background is in shopping centre and airport retail management, and I still consult in that, mainly with airport retailers. I am also a photographer. I have a contract with Airbnb and I do almost all their listings in the North East. I am in Albury quite a bit, I’m in Dinner Plain next week and I do lots in Bright. Airbnb used to offer free photography but now their style has been tightened up to be a bit more upmarket, and it’s more expensive. I go to B & Bs and take pictures of whatever facilities are available for the guests. I also do a lot of landscape and other photography which is for sale online.
Is it something you always wanted to do?
I grew up in Brisbane and studied real estate valuation which got me into shopping centre management which took me on a journey. I had friends who had contacts in New Guinea and I spent two years there managing a mixed use property in Port Moresby: a mixture of shops, offices and dwellings. I fell in love with the diversity of the country, and had the opportunity to travel and visit and enjoy many parts of New Guinea. From there I spent two years in Jakarta managing 25 shopping centres, mostly across Java. I travelled a lot through Asia while I was there which was good fun. Then I came back to Australia and did some travelling here. By then I was involved mostly in redevelopment, renovating old centres and building new ones. I had 12 years in Sydney which is where I met my wife Lisa. My love of aviation and my retail skills led me to manage the retail businesses at the two terminals at Sydney Airport.
How did you come to be in the Kiewa Valley?
During that stint in Sydney I was introduced to skiing and we used to join the rush to Perisher every Friday night. So when Sydney Airport was redeveloped I was up for the next challenge. A role came up at Falls Creek – property leasing manager for Falls Creek Resort Management. By then we had the two girls and we moved to Mt Beauty. We came in early September and there was only one house available for us, but we took it sight unseen. We are now on a couple of acres and are gradually turning ourselves from city people into country people. We have chickens and some dorper sheep and we recently got a ram and now we have two babies. It has been a great experience for us all, especially the girls.
What do you love about the job?
The real estate work keeps my management mind active, which translates back into a lot of the community work I do. The photography is a creative thing which I have always loved. Photography is about capturing the moment. In the Kiewa I love photographing Rocky Valley and the Kiewa River. The Airbnb work links the two.
What do you do in your spare time?
I always had an ambition to join Rotary so when I was invited I was a very easy convert. I’ve always wanted to give something back to the community and I’ve always been aware of their international focus as well as their community focus. I have been in Mt Beauty Rotary for five years now and am currently president. I spend a lot of time with the kids. They are into skiing and swimming and I am currently vicepresident of the Mt Beauty Amateur Swimming Club. Over the winter we travel to Albury for training and carnivals once or twice a week until our pool opens in November.