I also worked a summer there, loved it and then started part time with them. Back then they were Wetland Ecosystems (now Australian Ecosystems) and just starting up. I continued working there for 8 years as the company and the stormwater/WSUD industry grew.
SV: Woah, I didn’t even know that sourdough was popular 25 years ago. That’s such a lovely story about how you got into the WSUD field. Moving further into your career, what’s your favourite ‘Sounds boring’ but is actually interesting task?
Ralf: I do love going out and seeing projects. To get design ideas, to see how they work (or not), to look in pits, to get hands on. And I'll revisit projects over time to see how they're going. You'll only know how good a project is 2-5 years down the track.
SV: Yeah, I find that’s the most interesting part of the industry; looking back at recent history and learning from successes and failures. That way it feels like we’re always moving along and not stagnant. What’s your favourite stormwater/ recreational spot to take your family?
Ralf: When we lived in Melbourne, we would regularly visit Trin Warren Tam-boore wetlands in Royal Park. Also Edwards Lake as it was close to our house (but not as good). Here in Daylesford, we've been enjoying the walk along the "Dry diggings" track which follows Sailors Creek. The upper reaches of the Werribee River in Wombat Forest are pretty nice too.
SV: Oh yes, the wetlands in Royal Park are a classic! And finally, what activity are you most looking-forward to when the pandemic restriction eases?
Ralf: My girls have been missing the swimming pool and dance classes and I miss them having these exercise outlets. I'll enjoy not having check points and work permits when I'm coming and going from Melbourne for work. And visiting our good friends in Melbourne again.