Meet Megan Kraft
Megan Kraft is a passionate Hervey Bay local who’s driven by her love of community and creating an environment for her kids to thrive in.
Hervey Bay is coined the jewel in Queensland’s crown and it’s not hard to see why with its subtropical climate and pristine beaches.
“The number one thing I love about it here is the beaches, closely followed by the restaurants and cafes along the beaches... It’s also a nice quiet place to raise a family,” said Megan.
After spending three years working in Perth, Megan and her husband returned to Hervey Bay to start a family in 2014.
“The lure of Hervey Bay is strong but the place could be a lot more than it is,” said Megan.
Megan has always seen great potential in her hometown and she’s committed most of her working life to help realise that potential.
Before re-joining Cardno as a Senior Civil Engineer last month, Megan spent many years working on significant local projects that have helped shape her community.
Projects like the Nikenbah trunk sewer design which set the foundations for vital community and residential development on the Fraser Coast and the Pulgul Creek storm-water quality treatment strategy which reduced storm-water pollution and enabled development along the creek catchment.
“I’m driven by sustainability and doing what’s right by our planet, and I want to see my community thrive with top class amenities and facilities".
Megan has won awards for her work and co-authored a number of technical papers but her crowning achievement occurred earlier this month, when she was appointed the Fraser Coast Branch President of the Urban Development Institution of Australia (UDIA).
As President, Megan will be responsible for providing leadership to the local branch, advocate on behalf of the local development community and represent the institute to government.
Balancing family life, work and her new two-year volunteer role won’t be easy but Megan is relishing the opportunity.
“My focus will be to promote professional development in our local area so that UDIA members have access to best practice management and technical training opportunities”.
Megan will be hoping to use her new role at Cardno and the UDIA to continue making a positive difference in her beloved coastal city.
“I want to help make my community the best it can be so that, like me, my kids have a great place to come back to and start a family,” said Megan.