Today is 14 years since I spent the night in a lifeboat with my mother and sister after hitting an iceberg and sinking in the Antarctic. More about that story here (I hit an Iceberg, sunk and survived)

I relocated to Sydney five years ago and love the action and passion that comes with living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The beauty of the harbour, the bustle of Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Potts Point and the convenience of the city only 500m away.

Whilst COVID had stopped my Business Advisory and Consulting Business, Nixon Clarity, the reopening is looking promising with facilitated workshops and busines planning session started to be booked in again.

The last COVID lockdown cost me dearly with Stormwater Sydney, the Government never understands that shutting down an industry, stops your income but doesn’t stop the expenses.  Worse still, it damages the confidence of your clients to book in future work.

Now that we are at 90% vaxed in NSW, we are hopefully past that. The phones have started ring again with strata’s wanting maintenance on stormwater systems, residents wanting dry backyards and developers wanting stormwater design plans. 

One good thing about having your business shut down is you look for other opportunities. In July during lockdown, with a partner we started Gerald and Rose, a digital marketing company, doing graphic design, websites, social media, and business support. The response has been great with some 7 staff currently onboard and several new clients. Don’t judge our website yet as it’s the next on the list to rebuild. (Gerald is Dads middle name and Rose is my partners Mothers middle name, better than David and Colan)

On a community front I have been a director of the Coalition for Conservation for the past 5 years. Advocating for better environmental outcomes in a politically charged world is interesting. Many of my friends don’t understand that you don’t need to convince everyone, you just need to move the centre a bit.

We have worked with many conservative politicians to give them the support and coverage to make bold decisions. The NSW Government is now leading the way in addressing Climate Change. While the actions of the Federal Government have been disappointing, the acceptance of the Net Zero 2050 by Scott Morrison has moved the debate forward and locked in a point that we can move on from.

The recent COP21 conference was well represented by the C4C, with 5 Directors and 7 Australian Conservative Politicians being sponsored by us to participate in the conference.

On reflection the last couple of years have been hard, both financially and mentally but I only see good things moving forward. Now back to thinking of floating in an ocean on a boat, hopefully in the tropics with a cocktail and not with the icebergs. David 23 Nov 2021