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Matthew Jenkins From Kingston

by James Marten
Matthew Jenkins From Kingston

Having a defence background helps Mates4Mates Liaison Officer Matthew Jenkins in his work with ex and current serving defence force personnel.

Where do you live and what do you love about it?

I live in Kingston. The beach isn’t far away and it’s got a slight country feel without lacking in services, and who doesn’t need two Woolworths stores!

What’s the best thing about Hobart?

How accessible everything is. I can be out diving all day and be in the CBD within 30 minutes, or I can be out and about in the bush yet not be more than a small drive away from Hobart.

And the worst?

The current parking meter fiasco. That simple pleasure of rocking up to a carpark to find 20 minutes left on the meter when you haven’t got any change is something I think we all enjoy and it’s something we may never get back.

Tell us a little bit about your work?

I work for Mates4Mates as a Liaison Officer in a peer support role. We look after current and ex serving defence personnel and their families who have been affected by their service. I have a defence background and being able to work in a community of my peers is a rewarding experience. Tasmania has a large veteran community and Mates4Mates are a major part of the limited services available in Tasmania.

Where’s your favourite eatery?

That’s a tie – Room for a Pony or The Winston.

Where do you head for a coffee?

Capulus Espresso.

Favourite Hobart secret?

Watching The Big Swifty thrash out a quality cover of “Horses” at Brick on a Saturday night.

And outside of work?

I spend a lot of my time outdoors, either diving or bushwalking. The recent fires have put a small dent in the walking activities but the water is always calling. I would much rather spend my time under the water than on it.

A quote to live by?

“Blues, Boots and Hawaiian shirts Champ” – JWC Sheehan

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