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Raising a family on the South Coast of NSW while building a career and so much more

Living The Dream – Building More Than a Career on the South Coast

Heather describes the people in her street as her extended family. “When someone needs to go into work early and can’t take their kids to school, we all chip in and help each other out.”

“We met each other 8 years ago when we all attended the same auction to bid on our blocks in Berry, we built our houses at the same time and are all raising families.”

“Our kids play outside together every afternoon; they’ve grown up together – it’s priceless.” She added.

While Heather grew up in Nowra, she moved to Sydney to start work in the health and fitness industry. Her then boyfriend, now husband, soon tired of city stress and traffic and they decided to move south to Wollongong.

“He’s a surfer so he wanted to be closer to the beach and have more time for surfing and being outdoors,”

From there, they continued to transition south – inching closer to ‘home’ with every move. Together they took on the Management of a Holiday Park in Gerroa before Heather accepted a role with Kiama Council and later Shoalhaven Council.

“I became more and more interested in Human Resources and the management of people, so I decided to do a Business Degree majoring in HR and transition into this.”

Before long Laurie and Phil – Directors of ‘Alkath Group’ based in Nowra, tapped Heather on the shoulder to ask if she’d consider working for them. She was surprised and delighted by the opportunity.

The company has experienced significant growth in the 18 months she’s been there -bringing new opportunities and plenty of variety to the role. Heather is proud of the contribution she’s been able to make:

“I developed a list of ideas around employee benefits that could be offered, many of which have now been adopted, just this week we have launched 9-day fortnights.”

Heather’s husband now works with the NSW Police Force, and the pair often reflect on what they have built here.

“We are very aware that you can’t pick up what we have and move it somewhere else. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy the same sense of community and connections we have here – it’s not something you can easily replicate.”

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