Conservation SA is powered by unsung heroes who give their all on behalf of our environment.
Today we're putting a spotlight on the frontline legend of our home the Joinery: Andi Brown.
What’s your role at Conservation SA?
I coordinate the daily running of the Joinery, but I also work in admin for the Conservation Council of South Australia and provide IT support to the team here as well.
Tell us a bit about your work:
I am generally the first point of contact for Conservation SA member groups and Executive Committee, Joinery tenants and members of the general public.
It is my role to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the Joinery, ensure its occupants are safe and well and the tenants are cared for.
I also help hirers set up and pack down our events space, assist fundraising, maintain IT resources... generally, I move through the various levels of Conservation SA and the Joinery oiling all of the cogs to keep the machine moving forwards.
What are you reading/watching right now?
Currently, I’m reading two books: Game of Mates by Cameron Murray and Paul Frijters, and Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford. I’m loving a Netflix show called Dead to Me but also catching up on old episodes of The X-Files.
Have any favourite quotes?
"Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves."
"If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got."
What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
Never read the comments section!
Who’s someone you really admire?
Top 3: Chelsea Randall. Paul Keating and Michael Kirby.
What’s your favourite Australian native animal?
The rainbow lorikeet, rosellas, Australian magpie and I don’t mind a quoll.
What’s your favourite place in SA?
111 Franklin Street! 😊There are so many places, but one of my favourites is the solitude you can enjoy on Granite Island as a big storm sweeps in.
What’s been your proudest moment at Conservation SA?
My proudest moment was working on the Climate Action Station at the Global Climate Strike in Victoria Square.
The knowledge that our small team had worked so effectively in being able to deliver a range of tools on the day, from sign writing to badge making, protest postcards and encouraging direct protests to government members via social media platforms.
To be amongst so many people of all ages, speaking with one clear voice was amazing. Watching the masses move through the square and down King William Street is an image that will live with me for a long time.
Learn more about our staff and executive team here