#PeopleOfNRM – Tegan Knowles

Growing up in Geraldton I have been blessed with an upbringing inspired by the environment that surrounds us. It was only natural that I’d grow up wanting to preserve it.

After high school I moved to Northern NSW where I completed a Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science and Management. It was at this time – living around Byron Bay – that I was exposed to many environmentally passionate individuals and groups. I witnessed and experienced the power of such committed people and the change that can be achieved.

A few years later, my husband and I moved back to Geraldton and I was very lucky to gain employment with NACC’s award winning Coastal and Marine Team. I am also keeping my passion of coastal management alive through the Batavia Coastcare Network (BCN) of which I am on the committee.

Along with being a part of the amazing work that both NACC and BCN achieves, I love the work because I get to surround myself with like-minded people that constantly inspire me in both my professional and personal life.

Now – as a mother of two boys- I really value exploring all that nature has to offer and share my environmental knowledge with my children. It is a pretty incredible feeling when I overhear my six year old telling his mates what happens when a straw finds its way into the ocean. Then a play at the park becomes a “plastic hunt” and they see how much rubbish they can collect.

I hope you get out into the great outdoors this week – and remember to “Take 3 for the Sea”.

Oh and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out and register for Plastic Free July  – my family are looking forward to the challenge.

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