Settling into the JBPacific Brisbane office – Andrew Fielding on secondment

For the second instalment from his secondment placement with JBPacific Brisbane, Andrew Fielding shares some more insights into his working life in Australia this week. From new colleagues and coastal management plan projects to preparations for the stormier weather conditions of La Niña moving towards Queensland.

A visitor to the JBPacific office in Brisbane - white dog
A visitor to the JBPacific office

This week seems to have been relatively steady but that’s probably due to week one being a bit of a whirlwind. It is starting to feel a bit more like home here and we’re getting into more of a weekly routine. The working week has flown by, and I got to meet another new colleague who was visiting the office – I was, however, taken a little by surprise at being greeted with a lick on the ankle!

Coastal management plans

Work itself has been pretty busy this week. I’ve been mixing in a few late-night calls back home to check in and help out with some project work, whilst trying to get my head around the finer details of the New South Wales coastal management policy documents. The Kempsey Coastal Management Plan is coming together nicely just in time for a trip down the coast to do some stakeholder engagement.

Wave Tank

This week JBPacific Managing Director Dan Rodgers attended the IPWEA Queensland (IPWEAQ) Annual Conference, where there were plenty of discussions on the emerging challenges facing local government engineers. This included some testing with the JBPacific wave tank – where our engineers attempted to save Ducky from coastal inundation.

Rain over the Brisbane river
Unsettled weather arriving

La Niña

In other news, La Niña is causing all sorts of disruption here and there’s been some pretty extreme weather as a result. We’ve not seen any rain here in Brisbane yet, but there has been plenty of it down in Melbourne and some potential work opportunities as a result. In preparation for the storms migrating north Queenslanders are getting “free water” as the reservoirs are being drained to provide additional storage capacity.

Exploring Brisbane

Outside of work, we’ve stayed fairly local to Brisbane and there is still a huge amount to see. Highlights from this week include a visit to Lone Pines Koala Sanctuary and a hike through the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and up Mount Coot-Tha for yet more amazing views of the city. I’ll let the photos do the talking this time:

JBPacific Brisbane week 2
Clockwise from top left: Brisbane office balcony; view of downtown Brisbane from the top of Mount Coot-Tha; Brisbane office with colleagues Erin and Paul; sleeping koalas and hungry kangaroos; a walk along the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point.

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