Eco care newcomer praised

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

A new face has joined the Care for Hedland Environmental Association team as the organisation welcomes their new co-ordinator this week.

University of Western Australia graduate Joanna “Jo” Smith has made the big move to Port Hedland from Perth to become the new association co-ordinator.

Having majored in conservation biology and zoology at UWA and having a wealth of environmental experience, Ms Smith said she was excited to join the team.

“I am really looking forward to starting work, being involved in flagship programs, such as the Volunteer Flatback Turtle Monitoring Program, as well as the recycling, litter clean-ups, migratory bird surveys and supporting community garden co-ordinator Toni Cooling with her RSL community garden efforts,” she said.

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“I am looking forward to the move up north and embracing this fantastic opportunity”

Association chairwoman Kelly Howlett said she whole-heartedly welcomed Ms Smith to the team and to Hedland.

“It is wonderful to have such a high-calibre young woman to appoint to the position,” she said.

“Jo Smith has a true passion for the environment, as well as volunteers and volunteerism.

“Jo Smith is going to make a wonderful addition to Care For Hedland team and we look forward to helping her settle in and getting across everything in readiness for the upcoming Flatback Turtle nesting season recommencing late October.”

Hitting the ground running, Ms Howlett encourages the community to say hello and make Ms Smith feel welcome in town.

The environmental association is preparing for the upcoming judging visit for the Tidy Towns/Sustainable Communities competition. To contact Ms Smith for any Care For Hedland queries, send an email to coordinator@careforhedland.com.au or phone her mobile on 0488 907 260.

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