I recently had the opportunity to meet the delightful Jackie Mahood, the new Hamelin Outback Station Stay Manager. The Hamelin Outback Station Stay is situated on Bush Heritage's beautiful Hamelin Station Reserve in Shark Bay. The Station Stay consists of a beautifully restored shearers' quarters, large camp ground, large modern ablution block, fully equipped modern kitchen, dining and barbecue area.
Jackie, a qualified chef, has a wide range of experience in the hospitality sector, including: working as an entertainment coordinator in Alice Springs, setting up and running her own cafe in Victoria, and, most recently working on mine sites managing catering contracts for sites with over 1,000 staff.
In her early 20s Jackie travelled around Australia and developed a love of the outback. Early this year Jackie was re-calibrating by volunteering at Charles Darwin Reserve for Bush Heritage when the the position at Hamelin Outback Station Stay was advertised.
For Jackie, the Station Stay Manager position provides a unique opportunity to live and work on a conservation reserve in the amazing Shark Bay area, and to use her hospitality skills to contribute to conservation through Bush Heritage.
I asked Jackie what she liked about working at Hamelin Station Reserve and she said, "I love waking up in paradise every morning and meeting different people from all over Australia and the world".
Jackie has ensured the Station Stay maintains a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She's currently working hard to foster a more 'natural' feel to the Station Stay accommodation and facilities. This has included reducing packaging, using natural fibres and soaps and utilising more environmentally sensitive products. This reflects the broader conservation ethos of Bush Heritage and are welcome changes to the beautiful Station Stay.