Meet Gus Hamilton in Our People
Meet Gus Hamilton, Highfields community member and president of Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE HIGHFIELDS REGION?
I spent most of my career west of Toowoomba and moved to Cabarlah in 2004. I started my own consulting business in 2007 working from home.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE HIGHFIELDS REGION?
I was transferred to Toowoomba for my work but couldn’t live in a big city. Highfields and Cabarlah appealed as we could own a rural residential block in a very conducive climate, with excellent soils to develop a bush garden and excellent facilities close at hand.
HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY?
I am currently president of the Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park after having served as treasurer for four years prior to that. They are dedicated, passionate people. I also volunteer with Yellowbridge Queensland, particularly in their social enterprise, Collectables.
FAVOURITE HIGHFIELDS REGION HOTSPOT?
I love Peacehaven Park. It is only 12 years old but has the Heritage trees that give it great character. Its history as a gift to the community from Stan Kuhl adds to its aura and its development into a family friendly, native plant-based park sets it apart.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS?
Obviously, they can’t avoid being taken to Peacehaven to see the latest development and to enjoy a barbecue. We also often eat at one of the local cafes.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE FOR THE HIGHFIELDS REGION IN THE FUTURE?
I believe the tourist aspects and the green spaces of the town and the escarpment are the foundation for future developments. I also believe maintaining the country feel of the town and the community adds to its ambiance.