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University of Canberra
B Landscape Architecture (Hons)
I grew up in Hobart, and looking back now I am sure that the Tasmanian environment had a strong subliminal influence on my choice of profession.
When I finished school I was keen to find a course that combined my interests in history, biology, literature and art. I knew almost nothing about landscape architecture but thought I would follow my instincts to Canberra to start the degree. Four years passed quickly and I became more interested in my connections to the environment. I was surprised to find myself just as attached to Canberra's dry yellow grass, galahs and endless blue skies.
I spent two years working for various private firms on projects including urban areas, playgrounds, residential planning and an eco resort. It was interesting work, but travel in China and Japan crystallised for me that I was more interested in bigger picture environmental and social ideas than the detailed drafting and design of individual sites.
The Graduate Program came as the perfect opportunity to learn about, and contribute to solutions for, some of the complex environmental issues affecting Australia. It has also been a fantastic way to meet a group of friendly and inspiring people throughout the department.
1. Parks Australia (South)/Australian National Botanic Gardens/ Visitor Services and Development Unit
2. Approvals and Wildlife/Wildlife Trade and Sustainable Fisheries/Sustainable Wildlife Industries
Project: Reinventing Zoos - developing policy guidelines and practice notes for regulating wildlife trade.
3. Supervising Scientist Division, Office of the Supervising Scientist
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'