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Have you met Stephanie Mathews?

STEPHANIE MATHEWS

Senior Environmental Consultant

1. How long have you been with Groundwork Plus?

I started with Groundwork Plus in March 2021, returning to the Barossa two years after living in Gippsland, Victoria. It has been a great opportunity to find a professional role outside of the city, something I am still getting used to with only a 20-minute commute to work!


Prior to working for Groundwork, I worked with the T2T Alliance and also the PTP Alliance in Adelaide involved in major road infrastructure projects which was an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively with many consultants across Adelaide.


I’ve also had the privilege of working in the Pilbara and Kimberley Regions as a geologist early in my career, which would be my career highlight to date.


2. What is your role at Groundwork Plus, and what does it entail?

I’m a Senior Environmental Consultant with Groundwork Plus and have been working on a few projects in the Northern Territory which has been an interesting experience!


Understanding the legislation and appreciating the differences between States and Territories is a skill that I look forward to developing further. Working on Mine Management Plans, Desktop Contamination Assessments, and Environmental Management Plans.


3. What are your areas of particular interest or your proudest accomplishment?

I am a rock licker at heart and feel my true calling in terms of a career is to be out in the bush exploring and discovering the geology around me. However, having young children means finding other ways to embrace my passion but also sharing that passion with them.


4. What is your favourite way to spend a weekend?

We are lucky to live in a location with fantastic, sealed bike paths and most weekends we take the kids out for a run/bike ride for a “morning tea race” where the winner gets the honour of choosing morning tea. We also enjoy exploring small country townships and learning about their history. Particularly agricultural and mining history and looking through the windows of abandoned buildings, imagining the families who lived and worked in the community and heading into the hills to search for rocks if we get a chance!


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