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Melanie

Melanie

Home State

NSW

University of Sydney

Griffith University

Degrees

B. Environmental Management (Hons)

Background

I grew up roaming the outdoors of my family farm in the beautiful Northern Rivers region of NSW. Looking back, I'm sure my environmental interests were nurtured during these years and from time spent at my small, environmentally conscious primary school. Later, I decided to pursue these interests by studying Environmental Management in sunny Brisbane and from this developed strong interests catchment management, sustainable agriculture and in particular women in agriculture.

While taking a break from my studies, I was fortunate to gain employment at Byron Shire Council implementing wastewater reuse schemes and at a consultancy undertaking community consultation for a highway development. Needless to say, a fantastic if not controversial experience. Inevitably the travel bug hit and so I headed to Asia. Trekking amongst the dense Asian rainforests and hill tribes of northern Thailand and Laos where fantastic experiences not to be forgotten.

Completion of my degree soon beckoned, and so began the year that was honours. Having the 'there is nothing I can't do attitude', I found myself in central Queensland auguring soil cores to assess differences in soil microbial health between cleared and treed grazing lands.

The graduate program presented itself as an ideal opportunity to pursue my diverse interests and make a real difference through developing national policies and implementing programs. I recommend it to those who thrive on a dynamic work place and are passionate about our natural and anthropogenic environments.

First placement

1. Policy Coordination and Environmental Protection Division/ Environmental Standards Branch/ Environmental Stewardship Section

Second placement

2. Corporate Strategies Division/Knowledge Management and Education Branch/Environmental Education Section

Project: Assist in organising a national two day workshop for the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative and investigate model options for establishing a foundation to support the initiative into the future.  

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'