From: Gladstone, QLD
Previous seasons? First time
Job title: Electrician/Instrument Technician, Brewmaster, Hobby Hut Co-ordinator
Describe your role in two sentences: Keeping everyone in the Red Shed warm and lit up, while ensuring everyone has a delicious beverage to sip on Friday night at Splinters Bar.
What did you do before your joined the AAD? Instrument Maintenance Technician in Oil and Gas processing facilities in Queensland
What is your favourite part of your job at Casey? Every job, even the normally mundane ones are incredibly exciting. How many jobs can you say are an adrenalin rush just to walk between buildings? The second day on station we had a power outage and needed to walk between the power houses to reinstate the power during a blizzard with gusting winds to 50 knots with −20.4ºC wind chill, what a rush! Plus each morning on the way to work you can look out into Newcomb Bay and see icebergs casually floating around. This place is magic!
If you were not a Sparky what would be your dream job? Fighter Pilot, Marine Biologist (free scuba diving), or Sea Pirate arrrrgh!
How does this season at Casey compare to your previous seasons down south? N/A
What do you like to do in your spare time? Travel, camping, fishing, diving, snowboarding, building hollow wooden surfboards.
On station? Go for walks to see penguins/seals/icebergs/any of the other amazing things one will witness down here.
What song sums up your Casey experience so far? “I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again”
What actor would play you in a film version of our 72nd ANARE season here at Casey? Jack Black
Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? My survival gear ice axe, I know it may have other purposes but any photo can be made that much cooler if you're holding an ice axe!
What is your favourite book/movie (or both) and why?
Book = “Don’t tell mum I work on the rigs” by Paul Carter, as it’s a non-stop laugh and hard to put down, and very relatable to the happenings in the oil and gas industry.
Movie = Super Troopers, because the quotes can be used for everything in day to day life. “Meow hurry up meow”
What is your typical ‘Slushy FM’ genre? Do you have a particular favourite? So far I’ve only done one slushy duty since being here (1.5 weeks) and I was on with Plumber Pete, who was cranking a bit of country and western (which is basically music about 4x4 trucks, guns, dogs, dirt roads, the girl that left me, the girl I just met, heartbreak, mumma said etc), but next slushy I’ll be picking some indie from the 90’s/2000’s
Describe your Casey experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.
The sight of huge icebergs on the horizon, the smell of penguins (a pleasant mix of a poultry farm and bird poo), the sound of a Hägg driving past your bedroom window at 2 am, a feeling that you are incredibly lucky to visit such an amazing place, a taste of the amazing food cooked on station by the awesome chefs Jordan Ramsey and Arvid and Justin, sensational!
Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with? “We are still searching for the mysterious Antarctic polar bear” (say it in David Attenborough’s voice)
Something thing people may not know about you: I’m a qualified snowboard instructor, and dive master.