The Road Ahead : December January 2010
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2009/JAN 2010 22 visit www.roadahead.com.au MORE INFO Mention the name Iva Davies and the front man of former Australian band Icehouse comes to mind. But there is another Ivor Davies who also has a story worth telling. shaped by nature ANYONE LOOKING FOR the general R manager of the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group of companies won't find him dressed in a smart business suit crunching the numbers behind a desk in a city tower block. They're more likely to catch him cooking up a storm in the resort kitchen or in casual attire leading a nature walk on his beloved Fraser Island. Meet Ivor Davies, a multi-dimensional character. His diverse resume includes: 15 years in the army as a chef, 14 years in the mining industry ("Back when perhaps the biggest product was industrial relations and not iron ore or coal...") and nearly 15 years at Kingfisher Bay. "I guess the resort or hotel manager stereotype doesn't fit me comfortably," Mr Davies said. "I deal with people, cook, develop products to fill occupancy gaps, lead bird and star walks and take tours. "If I had a name badge, it might be 'outcomes influencer'." These influences extend to the world outside, through his group of companies' strong eco tourism focus, where Mr Davies enthusiastically grasps the opportunity "to change people's thought processes towards looking after the environment for the long-term view". He does this by walking the talk -- literally. "Initially I filled in (on a nature tour), and it was suggested to me that in the morning before work I could take a bird walk and at evenings a stars walk -- and still do my day job." "(Eco tourism) is close to my soul," Mr Davies said. "I spend all my work and off work time involved with it -- painting it, photographing it, studying it, talking about it ..." Photography is particularly close to his heart, an interest enhanced by picking the brains of professional photographers and through plenty of study. The result is an album of Fraser Island's plethora of fauna and flora, such as the kingfisher shown above. The great thing is, the majority seem to share his passion for the environment. "(It's) the same wherever people come from. Take them on a tour and it's 'Like, wow!' I see their 'take home' messages: we don't need lawns, we don't need tidiness in the garden, we need to let nature do its thing. "I see (this) in any age group ... the one thing they have in common is, generally speaking, they would like to do the right thing by nature." ... a name badge ... might be 'outcomes influencer'. STORY BY BARRY GREEN TRAVEL + LIFESTYLE QLD INTERVIEW PHOTOS, ABOVE, FROM LEFT: IVOR DAVIES ENJOYS HIS WORK. A KINGFISHER PHOTOGRAPHED BY IVOR.
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