What is your job/what do you do?
I’m a sustainability and communications consultant which means I get to work with companies and government on projects that help to avoid waste and maximise recycling. Much of my work over the last decade has focused on government relations and designing the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. I also manage social media for several clients involved in sustainable products and services. Is it something you’ve always wanted to do? I’ve always been interested in environmental management and making sure that we reduce our ecological footprint in a practical way. I studied environmental policy and design at university so it’s been a long-term passion. Making greener products and services a viable commercial activity is part of creating a sustainable future. What do you love about the job?
It’s always satisfying being able to bring about positive environmental change, especially when it means working with companies and communities to cut waste, use renewables and think more carefully about how we consume products.
It was especially great helping the ABC War on Waste team with their recent episodes on mobile phone recycling. How did you come to live in the Ovens Valley? I’ve been a regular visitor to North East Victoria for over 30 years, mostly for walking and ski-touring trips but also on motorbikes more recently. I always thought Harrietville was the perfect gateway to the Alpine National Park so I moved up permanently in the last couple of years. The opportunities in Harrietville for nature-based activities are endless. What else do you do in your spare time?
Together with some other local community members we’ve just established Sustainable Upper Ovens. It’s a new group that will help provide practical information to residents, visitors and businesses about waste minimisation, reuse and recycling as well as increase the uptake of renewables. I’m a keen photographer so living in the Ovens Valley is the ideal base for chasing light and interesting landscapes.