I have been working with or for NACC since 2008. Over that time I have worked as an NRM officer, a project officer with the Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group, a Biodiversity Officer and I’m now leaping into a new challenge and taking up the role of Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator.
I feel very fortunate to work in such a beautiful part of the country, where there is a real sense of community. I enjoy working with farmers and community groups, and love to see the development over time of an idea, becoming a project with real on-ground outcomes, and the changes and long-term benefits that come from it. I think the grass-roots approach to Landcare has so much potential for positive change in the landscape and I am really looking forward to helping facilitate these changes.
After graduating from University in the UK, I took 12 months to come and travel around Australia. After spending a few months in Melbourne I thought I really needed to see the “real “country, and a job offer in a small country town saw me heading out to the NAR. When I spoke to home a few weeks later my dad asked if I had fallen in love with a sheep farmer yet, and the honest answer was yes! In 2007 I packed up my life in the UK and headed for a wheat and sheep farm in Perenjori and I’ve been here ever since.
I have always had an interest and a passion for the environment, and knew that I wanted my career to be involved with it in some way. Since moving to the farm I have learnt so much about agriculture, and the two things go hand in hand. There are plenty of ideas and solutions out there to tackle NRM issues on farms, and that also provide environmental benefits, for a win-win situation. I see this job as a great combination of two of my passions.
When I’m not at work you will find me at home, juggling children, gardening, bookwork and occasionally hiding in my pantry for a few minutes peace and quiet!