Since I was about 10 years old, my passion has been the environment – in all its many colours, shapes and forms.
I remember back in in 1993, when at the age ten I wrote to the head of the TTLine – a ferry company operating from Tasmania to mainland Australia – to school them on the ship’s lack of recycling. Not too long later, I received a reply to my letter indicating that TTLine were working to rectify the situation, and from there I think the die was cast.
My interests may have changed and evolved since that time from marine mammals, to fisheries management, to energy and resources, but at the end of the day I believe all of it is incredibly important.
However since I joined NACC in 2007, my interest has been squarely focused on NRM. Thankfully the diversity of NRM has supported my continued roller coaster of interest – giving me the opportunity to apply for grant funding for some fantastic and diverse projects.
Including the wonderful Little Footprint Big Future exhibition and the recently released Education Resource to support teachers in their teaching of Aboriginal culture and traditional ecological knowledge. The amazing team at NACC have done the hard work in turning these successful applications – and countless others – into brilliant projects with immensely positive outcomes for the region. And it is for this reason that I am very excited to now be leading this team.
Despite the challenges we’ve been addressing – and those still ahead of us – this team will achieve amazing things. Not only because of the outstanding legacy left by Richard but because we all share a strong commitment to NACC’s mission and more importantly our values:
Accountability, Passion, Professionalism, Respect, Leadership, Impartiality, and Collaboration.
I can’t truly introduce myself without mentioning my supportive and loving family. My girls and my husband are the main reasons that I do what I do. I want my girls (aged just 6, 3 and 1) to be able to have the same experiences and opportunities that I have been lucky enough to have. This won’t be possible if we don’t start to protect our planet more aggressively and think more carefully about how we use resources.