En­ergy’s next gen­er­a­tion

Dubbo Photo News - - Front Page - By NATALIE HOLMES

SUR­ROUNDED by gi­ant tur­bines gen­tly ro­tat­ing in the breeze, Michael Bul­lock feels right at home at In­fi­gen En­ergy’s pro­ject near Bo­dan­gora.

Born and bred in Welling­ton, Mr Bul­lock re­lo­cated to New­cas­tle to study a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce af­ter leav­ing school.

His ca­reer has taken him from one side of the coun­try to the other – and he has now set­tled back in his home town.

From grow­ing up on a farm in Welling­ton and study­ing com­merce in New­cas­tle to the min­ing re­gion of Pil­bara, Michael Bul­lock’s work path­way has taken plenty of turns. As the newly-ap­pointed op­er­a­tions site man­ager of Bo­dan­gora Wind Farm, his ca­reer is soar­ing to new heights.

SUR­ROUNDED by gi­ant tur­bines gen­tly ro­tat­ing in the breeze, Michael Bul­lock feels right at home at In­fi­gen En­ergy’s pro­ject near Bo­dan­gora.

Born and bred in Welling­ton, Mr Bul­lock re­lo­cated to New­cas­tle to study a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce af­ter leav­ing school.

“I took on a role as a trainee tax ac­coun­tant at a prac­tice on the Cen­tral Coast whilst com­plet­ing my de­gree,” he ex­plained.

“With de­gree in hand, I con­tin­ued to work at the firm as an ac­coun­tant for a fur­ther four years.”

But it turns out that Mr Bul­lock wasn’t quite made for an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment. He went on to gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions as an elec­tri­cian and in­stru­men­ta­tion tech­ni­cian.

“I em­barked on a ca­reer change which took me to the other side of the coun­try. There I was able to com­plete my trade qual­i­fi­ca­tions work­ing pri­mar­ily in the Pil­bara re­gion of Western Aus­tralia on some large and small projects in oil and gas, iron ore and gold.”

Re­turn­ing to Welling­ton three years ago, Mr Bul­lock con­tin­ued do­ing elec­tri­cal work and help­ing on his par­ents’ farm.

When the wind farm role came up, he jumped at the prospect.

“When the po­si­tion be­came avail­able, I be­lieved this to be a good op­por­tu­nity to com­bine my pre­vi­ous work ex­pe­ri­ences in a new sec­tor,” he told Dubbo Photo News.

Mr Bul­lock is now ea­gerly look­ing to­wards the fu­ture and to work­ing at Bo­dan­gora Wind Farm for its ex­pected life­span.

“My goal is to not only en­sure the suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion of the Bo­dan­gora Wind Farm but also to es­tab­lish and main­tain thriv­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween In­fi­gen (the com­pany that op­er­ates the farm) and the greater Welling­ton com­mu­nity.”

He is also ex­cited about bring­ing re­new­able en­ergy to the area.

“The re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor is rapidly grow­ing in Aus­tralia. The con­struc­tion and sub­se­quent op­er­a­tion of this wind farm has al­lowed lo­cals in­clud­ing my­self the op­por­tu­nity to be part of an ex­cit­ing un­char­tered era of power gen­er­a­tion in Welling­ton.”

PHOTO: IN­FI­GEN EN­ERGY

Michael Bul­lock’s ca­reer path started in Welling­ton, took him to uni­ver­sity at New­cas­tle, fur­ther work in WA, be­fore re­turn­ing home and a ca­reer with the Bo­dan­gora Wind Farm.

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