What do you do?
I run and manage Dingo Dell Visitor Centre in Mt Buffalo National Park, making coffees, food and provide a shelter and toilets for mountain visitors. I’ve been running Dingo Dell for seven years now, as well as KB’s Coffee Trailer at The Gorge for four years.
I understand you’ve worked on the Alpine peaks for a while now?
I’ve worked in snow sports since 1984 and have worked for the Alpine Resort Commission then the Resort Management Board at Mount Hotham, the ski lift company in the events department, lodge manager, bus driver, and also as a cook. I worked at the Mount Buffalo Chalet for three years and enjoyed the mountain. When the Chalet closed I saw that Mount Buffalo visitors needed some food and respite from the environment, whether it was the winter cold or the summer heat.
What’s the best thing about the job?
Working in the beautiful Mount Buffalo National Park, seeing all the flora and fauna, the (mostly) peaceful environment and meeting all the different people that come up to enjoy the park: bushwalkers, campers, cyclist and ‘tobogganists’. I like seeing people enjoying the national park and giving back to the community. I like the natural environment across the whole region, the snow sports and the modern foodie culture that has developed in the area with places like the Wandi pub, Tomahawks, Pocket Full of Rye, Sixpence Coffee and the Reed & Co. Distillery in Bright as well as other great venues.
What are your concerns about the area?
The population growth, with no public housing or public transport for an ageing population, may be a problem into the future.
Any plans for the future?
Not really sure of the future. With the development of the Mount Buffalo Chalet, there will be a lot going on at Buffalo. I’m sure something will turn up.