End of an era

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It’s almost the end of an era. The reality of wrapping up at the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management and cleaning out my not to messy desk after five and a half years feels cleansing already. I can already sense the clarity I’ll be able to indulge in and time freed up to focus on my next chapter that will take me to more beaches… I am dead shore it will.

I can remember my first day as if it was yesterday! I think the Centre slightly head hunted by passion and drive before I even knew I had passion for the coast and drive for community action. A voicemail turned into a morning tea, which evolved into a job offer and after that, since then I’ve done around 350+ community and school sessions. No wonder I can talk under sand about sand while I watch sand build beaches.

Wow, who knew my life would revolve around our living sandy museum? Not I.

So, tips for the passionate candidates who dream of working along some of Australia’s best and cleanest beaches with the finest community.

– dream big
– say yes
– be creative

See the attachments for the position descriptions! PD-BeachCare and PD-CoastEd – and contact gccm@griffith.edu.au to let them know you are keen! 

Old news makes new news

Midday getaway to The Spit with Dan and the dogs.

Midday getaway to The Spit with Dan and the dogs.

It takes courage to close the Macbook and head to the beach for a midday getaway. Courage because I am one of those blood sucking workaholics who love preparing grants, getting projects happening and ticking the list. Though, today I felt courage overcome me, especially after an empowering morning at a Soul Sister Circle breakfast. 

There we were, at The Spit with offshore winds, we frolicked in the chilly water, baked in the winter sun and disconnected for a bit – once I posted our moment on Instagram of course! The dogs ran a muck with all the other dogs, and we could tell they were enjoying a non routine beach treat with smiles grinning from ear to ear. We were too.

Although I say the experience was a getaway from work, the reality is this is my work. And although I say I was disconnected, I was still aware of what was happening. The sand moving, dunes building and a space creating memories for the other beachgoers, fishermen and us. It seemed as if the beach was there just for us, though looking to the south the skyscrapers skyrocketing into the salty atmosphere reminded me that I live in a resort city and the beaches are for everyone too. Not a new thought, but a reality check that I should probably take another dip, clean off the sand and head home to my Macbook.

And – back to my inbox with sand still in between my toes, someone sends me a link about how beach protection works have begun on the Gold Coast. “What does this mean for the beaches?”, they asked. One click into the investigation, the new news was old news to me. The beaches are protected everyday, actually they are intensely managed. Annual dredging of Tallebudgera Creek has been happening for years… it’s just that people are becoming more aware of coastal issues and how their beach changes, which recycles old news to be new news again.