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Abby Matthews as wakeboarder and water sports enthusiast while on traineeship at East Gippsland Water

Abby Matthews has always felt at home in the great outdoors, growing up on the water at Newlands Arm.

By news@gippsland - 19th December 2022 - Back to News

The keen wakeboarder and water sports enthusiast, Abby Matthews has now taken her hobby and is creating a career for herself, beginning a traineeship at East Gippsland Water. Working at the Woodglen Water Treatment Plant is a considerable change of pace from Abby's former role in packing at Patties Foods. "I wanted to get out and about and do something useful to use my brain. Being outdoors is great," she said.

Wakeboarder and water sports enthusiast to East Gippsland traineeship, Abby Matthews

Wakeboarder and water sports enthusiast to East Gippsland traineeship, Abby Matthews

Enjoying East Gippsland

Abby loves the structure of the role and also the variety of work the water industry provides. She also enjoys arguably the best views of East Gippsland as her office every day. "It's pretty beautiful out here (at Woodglen), and everyone I work without there is great. Everyone is really friendly and willing to help. I don't feel like I can't ask questions, everyone's really easy to talk to and get information from. I'm learning all the time." Abby said.

Just a couple of months into her traineeship, Abby isn't sure where her eventual qualification will lead. She would be quite happy to stay at East Gippsland Water and the community she knows, or spread her wings a little further. Time and opportunity will dictate Abby's next move.

"I'd like to be able to finish my traineeship and stay with East Gippsland Water in another role, I'd like to be able to stay in this community. Or maybe I could move somewhere else, maybe the city but I'd also love the beach." Abby said.

Pictures from East Gippsland Water website.


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