Philippe working hard to save the world
By Will Jackson
PHILIPPE BINETRUY didn??t even realise it was World Environment Day yesterday.
But for the passionate Lennox Head-based environmentalist, every day is Environment Day.
Philippe was recently named TAFE NSW ?V North Coast Institute Student of the Year for his commitment and enthusiasm for study whilst balancing work and family commitments.
Over a three-year period, Philippe attained qualifications including a Certificate III in Parks and Gardens, Certificate IV in Horticulture, a Diploma in General Horticulture and a Certificate IV in Bush Regeneration ?V all the while working full-time to support his family.
After graduating with distinction, Philippe immediately put his education into practice gaining employment as a Green Corps team leader.
World Environment Day found him working to regenerate the bush around Tucki Tucki Creek in Goonellabah.
Until recently, Philippe had been working in the hospitality industry but, inspired by the strong green movement on the North Coast, he opted for a mid-life career change.
??I wouldn??t necessarily recommend that anyone take on such a big workload,?? he said. ??It was a huge undertaking.
??But I would encourage anyone to make a big change in their lives if they have the drive to do it.?