It is a bittersweet time in the NACC office this week; as the team is happy about enjoying the Australia Day long weekend, but at the same time, sad to be saying farewell to one of our program stalwarts Sally Fenner.
Sally arrived in Geraldton a little over four years ago, taking on the role of a Natural Resource Management Officer and quickly found her feet as NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program Coordinator.
She had previously worked for NRM groups in both Queensland and Tasmania, and reckoned it was time to try her luck in WA.
As the leader of our NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture program, Sally has overseen the implementation of a number of successful and innovative farming programs, and truly left her mark upon the region.
She is returning to the green pasture of the East Coast, this time to take on the role of Client Manager for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in Canberra.
When asked about the highlights from her time at NACC, Sally reflected on all of the people she had met while working in the Northern Agricultural Region.
“The people have really been amazing, and not just the people who work at NACC, but also those who live and work in the region,” she said.
“They love the land, and love what they do – which has made it very easy for me to be passionate about my role.
“This work is about agriculture and the environment, but it’s really the people around you who make or break the job.”
When asked about what she would miss about living in Geraldton, Sally was immediately reminded of the wind.
“I am definitely not going to miss the wind,” she said, “but I will miss the Geraldton coastline – which I know is a very un-agricultural response,” she said.
“I love the WA coastlines, and our ‘patch’ in particular is a very beautiful place.
“Moving inland to a different environment is exciting, but it will be sad to have to leave the beach.”