Davis Station Leader, Simon Goninon
It’s been a life goal for me for many years. So I've been quite conscious of just in the background, filling in what I thought might have been gaps to prep myself, to make myself a good candidate for the role.
Just the appeal of the isolation and the remoteness and, and the beauty and just how well respected and cared for the environment is, is really something special. It gives me that rare opportunity to dive into that and be a part of it and contribute to that conservation.
I’m really looking forward to getting everyone on station working together. That whole community sense is really appealing for me. I like to be a part of that kind of space and I think everyone that goes down there just genuinely wants to work well and do their jobs well and get the right outcomes for the science projects that we are there to support.
Casey Station Leader, Chris MacMillian
I’m lucky enough to be the Station Leader this year and so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work in the Antarctic for a whole year with a great bunch of people.
I've always liked that operational type focus and purpose and making a difference in those type of jobs. I've never seen the Southern Lights, so I've seen the Northern Lights, I’m looking to enjoy that.
And also just the changing weather patterns that come through so quickly, and Casey I understand is very, very dramatic in the changes that occur, particularly in the winds and, yeah experiencing all that and hopefully getting the forecast right to be able to do our operations as well.
Mawson Station Leader, Kyle Williams
This will be my second stint as a Station Leader with the Antarctic Division. Last season I was very fortunate to go to Macquarie Island and I had a fantastic experience there, both personally and professionally, and I couldn’t wait to come back and be involved in the Program.
I think that this is the best leadership and management job on the planet. You get to manage a high-tempo operational program, using a range of sea, land and air assets. You get to facilitate and support the completion of some really high value science projects that have some really important outcomes for both the Australian and international scientific communities.
You get to lead a fantastic group of people from a range of diverse backgrounds. And you don’t just get to lead them, you get to work with them and build this really unique community that leads to some really fantastic experiences and memories and friendships that last for a lifetime.
And probably the best part of all that is you get to do all those things whilst working in perhaps arguably, the most beautiful, yet challenging workplace on the planet. So for me there’s nothing else that I’d like to do.
Macquarie Island Station Leader, Kat Panjari
I’m really excited to be heading to Macquarie Island for the wildlife. I think working in partnership with Tas Parks and the Rangers, we'll have such wonderful access to penguin colonies and elephant seals. And to be living so closely with that wildlife, is going to be really exciting for the team.
The thing I like the most about being a Station Leader is bringing a diverse team of people together from all sorts of different technical backgrounds and having a shared vision contributing to the science program.
So I’m really excited to be working with the Division’s Modernisation Program, to start the planning for the construction phase of the new state-of-the-art research station on Macquarie Island. And it’s going to give us increased capacity to do all sorts of interesting research and have less of an environmental impact on the island as well.