With a summer of endless daylight, bulk pushing of snow and supporting aircraft movements behind me, the transition to a winter position of station support crew has been a new and exciting journey.
From the moment the last A319 flight left Wilkins Aerodrome it was on. With the runway packed down, we began to put the camp to bed for the winter. The buildings were decommissioned and relocated to their winter locations, while machinery and equipment were transported to Casey for works and servicing.
With the Big Man (our summer chef) back on the mainland, cooking for the three weeks ahead came down to the remaining four of us. The bar was set high from the start with some hidden talents revealed and the friendly competition increased with every meal.
Now seven weeks into winter and having settled into Casey, a new journey has begun and I feel very fortunate to have been given a chance to experience a winter. I look forward to these new experiences and opportunities on the horizon.
Dane Riley, Plant Operator