Born and bred in Sydney, spent my childhood running through (destroying) Sydney’s bushland and so have a love for Sydney sandstone bushland. Did Ag Science at Uni because at that time there were no environmental type courses – in fact I think there were only ten different degrees to choose from! But ended up working in hospital labs or bar/waitressing work (as you do!). Set off overseas for several years: mainly Scotland and Brazil and returned with one husband and then three children – and now have 5 grandchildren.
After dealing with small ones when they got bigger, found out about bush regeneration in about 1986 or 87, and started working for the National Trust as a bush regenerator. Since then have had wonderful jobs where I worked with things in bushland and great people.
After a few years took on the role of managing the National Trust Bush regeneration section, which I did for around 10 years. Then off to work on the Natural Heritage Trust Bushcare Program which was being run out of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife. Did this for a couple of years then off to another job in NPWS. This was to another great job – working with landholders who put conservation agreements on their native vegetation areas or had their properties declared as Wildlife Refuges. What a great job! Travelled to properties around the state and met lots of great landowners. After about ten years of this and heaps of departmental restructures pulled the plug about a year ago and took a voluntary redundancy.
I have been involved in AABR for a long time and on the committee for a few years. In the early years of AABR we were keen to get everyone interested in bushland! I have been involved in helping do, doing (and still do) the Newsletter for a number of years which used to involve small meetings over one of Warren Jack’s nice red wines with Virginia Bear and Danie Ondinea. Another couple of memorable things were the AABR trips, with about 8 to 12 of us going firstly to the NSW North Coast, Brisbane and New England in 1994 with a second trip out west to Broken Hill and then south to Mungo National Park and then on to Deniliquin in 1995. We met lots of people and saw lots of their restoration and regeneration sites.
I enjoy being involved in AABR, and now do a bit of volunteer work locally at a community run indigenous plant nursery (The Habitat) in Marsfield in northern Sydney and a an occasional bit of bush regeneration in the bush at Epping.