Busy rescuing in retirement
HAYDN Geraldene reckons he gets along best with animals and rocks, and it’s something he gets to do a lot nowadays, as a volunteer.
Mr Geraldene is an affable man who is a registered wildlife rescuer and transporter; he also has an interest in paleontology that he can sometimes indulge.
The work is something he’s been able to enjoy a little more in recent years after retiring from paid work, although declaring he’s retired hasn’t always been enough to stop him from going back.
“I have ‘retired’ four times: this time hopefully it will stick,” he laughed.
He spent his life working as a civil engineer on numerous projects in Portland including Incitec Pivot and the water treatment plant, and is also well-known locally as the husband of former Big O Milk Bar and Take Away owner Lyn Geraldene.
About three years ago he became a Wildlife Victoria rescuer and transporter, and said it was a “very rewarding job” he was pleased to have been able to take on, particularly because he had the support of his sister Robyn Ryan and another Wildlife Rescuer in Portland.
“I’ve learned so much about handling animals,” he said, noting that he only deals with native wildlife.
“Every time I meet an animal I’m always amazed at their individual personalities: I’m always in awe of them,” he said.