Arthur, a onetime STEM worker, is now a well-regarded writer. He’s a consummate digital professional whose intelligence, energy and curiosity never wavers. Arthur is still healthy and cognitively functional, he creates his literary magic in a high-tech, two-room studio on Yuin peoples’ verdant coastal landscape. For that he thanks the Djiringangj-Yuin and their past present and future elders.
Spiritually and pragmatically guided by the uncertainties of an unpredictable and careless Universe Art sees each contracted task as a one-time-only job, where getting it right requires calm, empathy, respect and freedom from insincerity, ego or greed.
Art’s writing is driven by diligent research, professional writing, critical thinking, mutual trust, empathy, respect, care and creativity; while remembering, we all exist in the glare of our life’s choices.
A friend and mentor, PhD civil engineer Murray Davidson, has always stood by him with advice, knowledge and a philosophy encapsulated by: ‘yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, so just worry about getting today right Art’.
Over the last decade Arthur was employed in diverse roles. Primarily as a self employed civil engineer surveying landscape, geotechnical and soils issues then writing status reports and short and long form treatises offering sustainable solutions to onsite water management for commercial enterprises, such as subdivision developments, wineries and dairy farms, and residential solutions for private dwellings. These to be presented to EPAs and local government entities.
In concert with another onsite wastewater professional one of Arthur’s papers was presented to a meeting of peers at the University of New England, Armidale NSW, regarding a novel effective technology for sustainable domestic black and grey water management. It received acceptable responses. Another project was writing pitch focused reports for a marine engineer who’d developed a system for large vessels to use surplus energy from ship’s engines to kill spurious occupants of ships’ bilge water using harvested heat. Alas that project was not successful, despite research and reports indicating the sustainability, efficacy and economy of the process.
In terms of experience in sustainability issues and dealing with people he worked as a supervisor of an Australian Capital Territory streetscape project replacing old-school concrete public-transport-passenger shelters with off-grid glass and aluminium structures powered by flexible solar panels affixed to roofs and illuminated by battery energised powered LEDs. A number of these bore grid-illuminated advertising panels. It is expected that much of the capital cost will be paid by advertisers over the lifetime of the structures.
He also worked surveying domestic built environments to determine solutions for mitigating energy use. This work embraced public housing and private dwellings in rural and urban areas of South East NSW. In doing this Arthur learned a lot about disadvantaged people and public housing.
Arthur is also a willing pro-bono advisor to any one needing engineering advice for for simple problems, an all care no responsibility policy service.
Arthur’s writing over the last six years has been focused on older peoples health and sustainable solutions to the ramifications of global warming. Other writing over that period was pertinent to government and academic processes.