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Hamsa Farah - Graduate Sustainability Advisor, Level Crossing Removal Project

My name is Hamsa Farrah.

I’m a Sustainability Advisor here at the Western Programme Alliance.

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I’m absolutely enjoying it.

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Every now and then I get to come out to the sites, the projects, in which we’re essentially changing the state, putting in new infrastructure, connecting communities, and removing dangerous level crossings.

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It’s a privilege, a great opportunity.

Nick Burnie - Senior Environment and Sustainability Advisor, Western Program Alliance

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His enthusiasm is second to none.

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I think his ability to stay positive, even when we’re sort of in some tough positions out in the work-front and in the office is quite impressive.

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It was just real difficult for me to really get into what I was studying looking into that professionally.

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I really wasn’t able to draw up any connections in that field so it was just essentially left to the online applications, which ends with a bunch of unsuccessful emails.

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I was introduced to the Brotherhood of St. Laurence in partnership with Jobs Victoria.

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They have given me the chance essentially through the Given A chance programme, and that introduced me to the Western Programme Alliance where I’ve come on board as a Sustainability Advisor.

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After a couple of months through that I was picked up by McConnell Dowell to actually come on board as a full-time employee.

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He does quite a bit of work outside of Western Programme Alliance in the equal rights for men and women.

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The feeling essentially you get from that, knowing that you’re able to change someone’s life or benefit their life, I found that as really rewarding and I understood that that was something that I wanted to continue to do for the rest of my life.

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I think that he looks at things quite holistically.

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I think a lot of us here have construction tunnel vision.

So a lot of students in general, are finding difficulties but there are opportunities out there.

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I really do suggest that they do open up and do meet these organisations.

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Go to contribute towards building a better society.

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