Meet the local Heartfelt volunteer capturing lifelong memories for others
Meet treasurer of Highfields Pioneer Village, Jody Dodds, a lover of all things local and new mum
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN HIGHFIELDS FOR?
I was born into Highfields in the late 70s — my parents moved away and then returned in the late 80s.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE HIGHFIELDS REGION?
My parents moved here in the 60s — they were very different times and Highfields was made up of mainly hobby farms and piggeries then.
HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE REGION CHANGE SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING AND WORKING HERE?
Over time people have come to appreciate Highfields for its tall timbers and (now) lots of conveniences such as schools and shops, but in the early days there were many small farms in the area. Many people from provincial backgrounds would downsize their farms to a hobby farm in view of retiring.
When I was little, I would catch the bus from school and ride my bike the rest of the way home.
There were cows in the paddock where the Village Shopping Centre is now.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE HIGHFIELDS REGION HOTSPOT?
The Pioneer Village of course, it is like an alternate universe — being taken back in time.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN THEY VISIT?
Highfields Pioneer Village, the many coffee shops in the area and the Cuckoo Clock Centre.
DESCRIBE A FAVOURITE MEMORY FROM YOUR TIME IN HIGHFIELDS?
My wedding day with my husband Shaun at the Pioneer Village would be my favourite. Riding to the Plaza and town pool on my bike with my friends as a kid would be a close second.
HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY?
I volunteer at the Highfields Pioneer Village whenever I can — the billy tea there is amazing and the other volunteers are a great bunch of people.