Mark Lucey

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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