Working for Whitehorse - Open Space and Assets team

Whitehorse News - October 2021

In Whitehorse, we pride ourselves on our playgrounds and beautiful natural spaces.

But who is in charge of keeping them spick and span?

This is where employees like Maire Fay come in. Maire works on the Open Space and Assets team in the Parks and Natural Environment department.

Maire has worked at Whitehorse for over three years. Her role includes gardening and playground asset maintenance.

“Day to day, I ensure that the playground areas are safe and well presented by performing gardening duties, playground repair, bench seat maintenance, and various other tasks.”

“Prior to this Council role I was a gardener at a golf club, and at a tennis club. I enjoyed working at sport related clubs as there was always a large range of duties, which is much like the role I am in now.”

Maire enjoys creating and maintaining safe spaces for children and families to enjoy across the municipality.

“I enjoy improving what is already there. Gardens always look better with a mulch, benches look better with a stain, and playgrounds look better when the equipment is maintained.”

“We do inspections every few months on every playground to see what work needs to be done. In between that time, we complete general maintenance and respond to requests.”

“When park users report something, they’re pleasantly surprised that I can fix it on the spot. It’s not always possible, but we always welcome the reports.”

As someone who enjoys spending her down time cycling, exploring, camping and fishing, Maire loves that her work allows her to spend so much time outdoors.

“I enjoy working in the Whitehorse area, as it has some really great pockets. I have favourite areas that change every few months. I like playspaces with a lot of potential, which really shows up in the before and after for the hours put in.”