From water to land

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A COOGEE man whose life once re­volved around the ocean has claimed an award for his work on land.

Brazil­ian-born Coogee res­i­dent Rui Scheidt Feix was re­cently named South Metropoli­tan Tafe’s In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent of the Year.

The for­mer oceanog­ra­pher and scuba div­ing in­struc­tor moved to Aus­tralia three years ago to study land­scape de­sign af­ter falling in love with WA’s na­tive plants and wild­flow­ers.

Grow­ing up in the south of Brazil, oceans be­came his pas­sion.

But a move into sus­tain­abil­ity seemed in­evitable due to his “huge in­ter­est” in the field.

“Af­ter nine years in the same com­pany I did not find an ef­fec­tive and prac­ti­cal way to help the en­vi­ron­ment work­ing in that com­pany,” he said.

“So I de­cided to come to Aus­tralia to learn English.

“Af­ter six months study­ing English I thought ‘why not work with some­thing that could bring me sat­is­fac­tion and at the same time helps the en­vi­ron­ment?’.”

While study­ing, the 34-yearold also scored a role con­struct­ing ad­ven­ture parks at O’Con­nor’s Na­ture Based Play in early 2016.

“Chil­dren are the key to cre­at­ing a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment, which is why I’m en­joy­ing work­ing on con­struct­ing na­ture play­grounds,” he said.

“Now that I’ve fin­ished this course I hope to gain an in­tern­ship work­ing on so­cial en­vi­ron­men­tal projects with a renowned land­scape de­signer or ar­chi­tect.

“I would also like to create a link be­tween land­scap­ers in Aus­tralia and Brazil so they can share sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices.”

Picture: Will Rus­sell d467109

Rui Scheidt Feix is South Metropoli­tan Tafe’s In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent of the Year.

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