What is your connection to the Macedon Ranges?


My wife’s family presence in Woodend goes back to 1859 farming on land that is now Shirley Park and have been in the town ever since, so we feel that we belong.


How long have you lived in the area?


We have lived here since February 2000


What are you passionate about?


There are different types of passion, but first and foremost my family is my number one passion. I am also passionate about kids being active and involved in the community.


How long have you been involved with Auskick and what was your role?


I began with Auskick when we first came to Woodend 18 years ago, as coach and co-ordinator, it was a great way for a daily city commuter to meet people. I have made many great friendships through Auskick.


How did you become involved with Auskick in Woodend?


The previous co-ordinator found out that I was a Richmond tragic like himself and knew that I needed some football joy and Auskick was the answer.


What’s your football background?


I started playing under-10s in 1972 and continued playing until 1990. Playing VFL under-19s at Carlton VFA with Coburg, VAFA with Ivanhoe and at Golden Square in the BFL. I am also proudly a life member of the Calder Cannons Football Club.


What other hats do you wear in the community?


Apart from Auskick, my current community involvement is working in education support at St Ambrose Parish Primary School here in Woodend. I have also been a coach of my children’s basketball and netball teams and on the committee of the Woodend Hawks junior football club.


What would people be surprised to know about you?


Things get a little confusing with my name people know me as Joel but my real name is Gary.


What is the best thing about living in the Macedon Ranges?


I love the fact that we are only 45 minutes from Melbourne but we are surrounded by bush, mountains and farmland as well as great people.


If you could change anything about the area, what would it be?


We all have to accept change, but only gradual change, there needs to be a point of difference from suburbia. Unique and slow Woodend suits me.


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