THIS IS EDEN... with Steve Mahoney, community volunteer

Marie and Steve Mahoney at Eden's Cenotaph.
Marie and Steve Mahoney at Eden's Cenotaph.

How long have you lived in Eden?

We moved to Eden from Sydney in September 2001 as we had a desire to get out of the city.

What do you like most about your job?

I volunteer for a number of groups: ESSCI, RSL, Eden Monaro Legacy, Anglicare and Twofold Ladies Club. It is a nice feeling when you can help people.

What do you like least about your job?

Dealing with government departments.

What's your favourite place in Eden and/or the Bega Valley?

My home. The whole valley is brilliant.

If you won $1million what would you do first?

I would contact my stepsons and see what they wanted.

One thing you cannot live without?

Family is what you can't live without, though circumstances sometimes take that away from you.

Three words that describe Eden best?

Friendly, helpful and beautiful.

What does Eden need the most as a community?

The government to stop taking away all of our industries. I have been here for almost 20 years and the population has actually shrunk in that time, as people have had to leave town to find work. It would be a healthier population and a healthier economy for the community if forestry and fishing were better supported. The government are investing a lot in the tourism industry but that is unreliable - COVID and the bushfires have show us that. We need reliable industry.

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