Employee Spotlight - Casey Drew
Born in the city and bred in the country, Redman’s Implementation and Delivery Specialist, Casey Drew, is well-known within the local government space. Many of you may have had the opportunity to meet or even work with our pocket-rocket adventurer, but here’s a chance to get to know her a little better.
Casey also talks about her most recent trip to visit Norfolk Island Regional Council - and it seems the island captured her heart.
Tell us a little about where you are from?
While I live in Townsville, I was born in Brisbane and raised in Emerald. So I’m definitely a Queenslander through and through.
When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m always up to something and seeking my next adventure. I’m known as a bit of a pocket-rocket to my family and colleagues and am always up for a challenge. From exploring local caves to mountain biking or rock climbing, I love the outdoors and taking on new adventures.
I'm known as a bit of a pocket-rocket to my family and colleagues and am always up for a challenge.
What’s one thing people may not know about you?
In my past life, while living in Emerald, I used to bow hunt feral pigs on farm properties.
What’s one thing you are most looking forward to?
I am marrying my partner of 12 years this October. We met while working in local government and will be taking a much-deserved honeymoon in Bora Bora.
You've been working in Local Government for some time now,
Yes. I spent 15 years working at Central Highlands Regional Council and then Townsville City Council, and then joined the Redman family in June 2021. It was my first time experiencing life outside of a council, and while it was a bit frightening at first, I’m definitely enjoying the experience.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Redman?
I love that I still have the opportunity to contribute to the Local Government environment and enhance connections.
We get to work with such a broad range of councils that operate across different legislative frameworks and deliver various services and solutions that help them become more efficient and connect with their communities.
I draw inspiration daily from meeting dedicated professionals who literally ‘live’ for their communities, and I recently experienced this during my trip to Norfolk Island.
I draw inspiration daily from meeting dedicated professionals who literally 'live' for their communities.
Let’s talk a bit about Norfolk - your trip look amazing! So how was it, and did it even feel like work?
Short answer, no - the entire experience was incredible, and I feel so fortunate to have visited the island. From working in heritage-listed buildings to hearing the sound of bellowing cows and crowing roosters all day and views of waves crashing in the ocean outside the window! Though we accomplished a lot, it definitely did not feel like work!
I was invited by the CEO of Norfolk Island Regional Council to help train the Administrator and Management Team on our Strategic Planning Software, Envisio.
You love travelling and have travelled to some pretty unique places - what about Norfolk Island captured your heart?
Everything - so much so, I extended my trip by two days the afternoon I landed! The hospitality was beautiful from the moment I landed. We were treated like locals the entire time we were there - from receiving invites to home-cooked meals each night to socialising with the families of those working for NIRC.
I discovered so much about the island while I was there – did you know there are no snakes on the island?!
I have travelled to many overseas countries and have been fortunate to be blessed with so many amazing sights, but Norfolk Island is hands down officially now my favourite place on earth - aside from home, of course!
Norfolk Island is hands down officially now my favourite place on earth.
The history, the beauty, its untouched landscapes, and its islander customs are simply magical. So much so, that I am making it my mission to tack it onto the end of my honeymoon and go back again as soon as I can!