I’m a former metropolitan journalist who made the sea change from Perth to Albany in December, 2007 with my husband, Leith.
Albany is a small and very pretty town on the south coast of Western Australia but what we really came here for was the weather – we couldn’t handle Perth’s extreme summer temperatures any more.
The downside of the move is that my mum and our son, daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law are a four-hour drive away.
We basically spend a lot of time in the car.
On the work front, I’ve had a very rewarding and enjoyable career.
I was The West Australian newspaper’s top columnist for 20-odd years, did a lot of feature writing, worked in various roles as an editor (including being the founding editor of The West’s food liftout), had a stint on breakfast radio for which I won a national award and am the author of three books – a kid’s picture book and two anthologies of columns.
Here in Albany I’ve worked as a feature writer on The Albany Magazine, as a casual radio producer, producing the Morning Show on ABC South Coast and Great Southern, and more lately as part of phillipsmedia, managing external media for the City of Albany.
I’m also working on two books and spend as much time as possible cooking, gardening, reading and doing bugger-all in front of the TV.
If you’d like to know more or employ me and my husband (who’s a talented journo, graphic designer and photographer), you can check out our CVs at our website, phillipsmedia, here.