Philippa Schmucker is renowned along the coastline for her helping hands and community spirit.
Working in the Northern Agricultural Region as the Coastal and Marine Project Officer based in Jurien Bay, she explains what the role means to her.
“I started at NACC as a NRM Officer in 2013 and moved in to the Coastal and Marine Projects Officer role in 2015, seeing the importance of a full time position working on the Coastal and Marine Program in the southern region,” Ms Schmucker said.
“It has been a challenging role, full of opportunities. I appreciate the natural diversity of our region, and always find myself learning. There have been many great outcomes over the past few years including supporting groups to come together for regional coastcare forums and coordinating a large biodiversity project protecting 120 hectares with the planting of 60,000 seedlings.
“Work included being a part of the successful delivery of the Pyp Grass management project in Jurien Bay and Cervantes, and building on knowledge and experience in coastal management with all coastal communities in the southern NAR.”
Ms Schmucker said it was the enthusiasm and commitment from the community that made her job so enjoyable.
“I really enjoy working on ground closely with the community, with such enthusiasm to caring for our region, sharing their knowledge and experience.”
“Furthermore I feel motivated by others working hard in our sector, opportunities and challenges that have presented in my role and building partnerships to look after our coastal and marine environments in a changing climate,” Ms Schmucker said.
Heading off on maternity leave mid-December, Philippa is looking forward to starting a family with her partner Lindsay and will return to the role in 2017.