What is your job?
I do the school run with Alpine Spirit Coaches; I go to Yackandandah, Beechworth and back.
You only started this year, how have you found it?
It’s a big part of my life, the kids are just fantastic and we have made friends with a lot of the parents. They have taken me sheep shearing; billy kart racing and we have gone out for barbecues on their properties. It’s filled a great void in our lives. I look forward to it every day.
How did that job come about?
I applied while I was still living in Queensland and they offered me the job, I was originally doing another run out Milawa way and then this came up. Originally it was a week here, a week there but after Christmas I will be pretty much full time.
Have you joined any other community groups since you moved to Myrtleford at the start of the year?
I go to the local RSL and to the bare foot bowls. Two sports clubs are also interested in me helping out with their running which will happen in time. I give a hand to Steve Dale with the boxing as well.
What is a significant community issue to you?
The speed of traffic is a very big concern of mine, particularly at the new roundabout and in Duke Street. I think it is a major issue. That roundabout is not slowing traffic down at all. There has only got to be a car or a truck or a bus or whatever put off coming into town and there could be a big problem. There needs to be something to slow the traffic down by the way of speed humps or similar and I would suggest for there to be bollards around that bakery. Duke Street is also far too high a speed and we have school children and elderly often crossing the road.
What is a significant world issue to you?
I think we donate too much overseas to give aid when we need to be looking in our backdoor at underprivileged kids, families and the homeless. We have it bad here and we don’t hear enough about it.
If you could bring anyone to Myrtleford who would it be and what would you show them?
I’d like to bring Andrea Bocelli, the blind opera singer, to sing in the vineyards.
Do you like that kind of music?
Any type of music I love. Billy Joel and ACDC would be my favourites.
What else have you been doing in your spare time around Myrtleford?
Fishing and going to all the wine events. I am learning how to trout fish and caught myself some cod the other day. I also have an interest in helping young kids get involved in sport so that they have something to do and are staying active.