‘I love the philosophy behind permaculture. You work with nature, instead of against it. I've done a permaculture design for my place that I'm slowly implementing. The dream is to create a little food forest that we can wander through barefoot and forage for dinner.
'At the moment, I'm trying to get some perennials established. I just got an elderflower shrub that I'm very excited about. I'm using it as a hedge, but I also want to have a go at making some cordial from the flowers, which should go nicely with gin or beer.
‘I work on the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme; helping to reduce greenhouse gases is very important to me. I also like that the scheme has helped people access energy efficient products and reduce their energy consumption.
‘One thing that really stands out about the commission is the people that work here. We’re a small organisation, so it's got a family feel. People come from a diverse range of fields and backgrounds, but we are mostly just a little bit nerdy and passionate about what we do. ’
Kate Keating, Victorian Energy Efficiency Target team member at the Essential Services Commission
Photo: Paul Jeffers
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