Robin Balcomb

“Success is in enjoyment for the kids and starting the conversation with their families”.

A long term local, Robin is well entrenched in Central Coast life. She has lived in Bateau Bay for 24 years and worked much of this time as a primary school teacher and librarian at Mannering Park Public School.

Robin is passionate about the environment and has spent her time developing a number of teaching initiatives to inspire children about how to look after it. Her passion comes from her love of the land, and particularly the Central Coast area. She loves the Coast’s natural beauty - the amazing bushy coastline, the natural lakes system, beautiful beaches, national parks and abundant bird life.

Robin has made it her job to encourage responsible citizenship by creating a healthy respect and love for our natural environment, and awareness of the long-term consequences if we don’t make smart decisions now.

The full list of Robin’s initiatives is expansive, with each one aimed at engaging the community through the family unit.

“Success is in enjoyment for the kids and starting the conversation with their families”.

Her passion is infectious and her initiatives have become part of Central Coast history. Her most loved achievement is developing the ‘indigenous bush tucker garden’ and associated program, which showcases the wonders of native Australian plants. ‘Waste Free Wally’ a little turtle that promotes waste free lunches, as part of the 'Take 3 for the Sea' campaign we are participating in ( to cut waste getting into our waterways). She also undertook local team coordination of ‘National Tree Planting’ days enjoyed by children and their families in the Central Coast region.

To Robin, experiencing the outdoors is part of her daily ritual. To be lucky enough to walk through our national parks (with Crackneck Lookout being one of her personal favourites) is what keeps her grounded, and fuels her passion to preserve our environment for the future enjoyment of our next generations.

Robin says the Coast provides an affordable place to live. It’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, but not too far away for an easy visit. The local community also provides strong networks for Robin and enables her to do what she loves most.

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