I grew up in Bondi when children inhabited the streets not cars, spent 9 years in Stanwell Park when the lagoon waters were clean enough to swim in and since 1990 I’ve lived in lovely Lake Macquarie where the bush is abundant and water is pretty clean.
Your interest and involvement in bush regeneration / ecological restoration
I have worked supporting community groups with their landcaring passion since I became President of the Coal Point Progress Association in 1995… I’m still in the position and also write the monthly newsletter, Coal Point Chronicle. In 2012 the group successfully applied for a large community grant from The Environmental Trust, this dream project aims to regenerate the mosaic of public and private land along the peninsula’s vegetated corridor.
Since 2005 I’ve been working with Trees In Newcastle supporting the Committee, delivering the organisation’s communications, developing educational resources and supporting on-ground projects by applying for and implementing grants to support the mission of “protecting, promoting and enhancing local native vegetation and supporting people with a passion for plants”. More recently I’ve enjoyed periods of interim management, administration and project management.
In 2001 I was employed with Lake Macquarie City Council as a Project Manager supporting the Warners Bay Landcare group to deliver a Natural Heritage Trust grant and also with LMCC’s Landcare Resource Office helping to set up the model that as enabled hundreds of groups to be supported by the Lake Macquarie Landcare Network.
For 15 years I operated Springboard Science, my company which provided hands-on science and environmental presentations for preschoolers their parents, teachers and carers and environmental education consultancy services.
I’ve held committee positions with the Coal Point Progress Association, Lake Macquarie Landcare Network, Hunter Region Landcare Network and Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group.
I’m a recent AABR member and hope to assist where my skills are useful. I have a deep commitment to assisting the local vegetation retain its integrity in a climate changing world and hope to learn and share the findings.