Kim Hammond is the latest to join the Great Ocean Road Coast team as Foreshore Ranger for the Lorne reserves.
Kim is a qualified carpenter who has worked as an estimator for building new homes and extensions, holding a very diverse role before joining the Coastal Reserves Team on the Great Ocean Road.
Kim obtained her carpentry qualification during a union initiative to attract more women to the profession in 1994.
Obtaining her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Anthropology and Journalism, Kim worked with asylum seekers at the McKillop Residential care for several years before the program finished.
An active member of the Surfrider Foundation Surf Coast for over 12 years, Kim regularly attends beach clean ups and working bees to give back the community.
“I can’t sit at a desk day in, day out and I love the beach, conservation and the environment which is why I’m so excited to be on the team.
“It’s a great team and I work with patient colleagues who have been very helpful throughout the first few weeks on the job,” she said.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that manages 37 kilometers of Crown land reserves between Torquay and Lorne. All dollars raised are reinvested back into the coastal reserves, caravan parks, environmental education programs and the community.