BYRON BAY | Events coordinator

Growing up in the ocean and hills of Byron Bay, I have always had a passion for nature and a fascination with the environment around me. I soon learned how much it all needed protecting and decided to do something about it. Starting off in a communications degree and moving to and completing a Bachelor of animal and veterinary bioscience with honours in conservation, I developed the knowledge to understanding complex ecosystems and ways in which to manage and protect them.

I have been lucky enough to travel and work in some amazing countries and environments, which continues to reignite my passion for protecting the planet. I have a particular love for the ocean and most days you'll find me in or near the water.

I started volunteering with PCFML in 2015, beach cleaning in Gordon's Bay in Sydney and in Byron Bay. I loved the feeling of giving back and helping out a cool organisation and I came across an amazing opportunity to embark on an adventure as a global ambassador with PCFML to develop marine conservation strategy for a country in desperate need of some help.

Amazingly, by February 2017 I was on the trip of a lifetime to Kerala, India. Meeting people from all walks of life, cleaning beaches, researching environmentally sustainable employment and educating the community, particularly in regards to marine conservation. After this trip I got involved in hosting a fundraising event at the Byron Brewery in February 2017 and will be hosting a follow up event in January 2018, before the full-time team gets started on the ground again in India from February, 2018. I'm also looking forward to organising many more events in the Byron Shire for PCFML's active campaigns in Byron as beyond as the new Byron Bay Event Co-ordinator. 

Photography © Lily Donnelly