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Meet A Local :: Michael Mathieu

One of the Flinders Island Tourism & Business Association ‘Customer Service Award’ winners… He is a familiar face for those travelling through our airport…

Meet Michael Mathieu who inspires us with his infectious love for life!

His positive, happy attitude rubs off on everyone he meets, including his co-workers at Flinders Island Airport, where he checks-in and out all visitors to the island in his role as Ground Handler with Sharp Airlines.

The Flinders Island Tourism & Business Association (FITBA) is engaged in an incentive based customer service award program that recognises consistent standards within our tourism and hospitality industry.

Ongoing, the awards have been handed out on a monthly basis since Christmas with a finalist being announced in the near future.

Lois Ireland organised for boxes to be placed in key tourist locations with a slip of paper to be filled, nominating a local for their high level of customer service provided to members of the public.

What an awesome incentive for locals and how great it is to be recognised for hard work and all in all everyone should be very proud to know that the level of customer service on Flinders Island is very high!

Congratulations to Michael on your FITBA Customer Service Award!

1D8A9834-michaelmWhat brought you to the island or have you always lived here?
I came to the island for the first time in 2006, where my partner Marc lived. I immediately felt connected and in love with Flinders Island. The People are very friendly and welcoming. In early 2012 I moved to Flinders Island from Germany as a permanent resident.

Which part of the island do you love and what is its appeal?
I love Emita. That’s where we live. We have the sun most of the day due to the North-facing house that we live in. The beaches are close and my favourite is Lillies Beach.

Which pastimes or hobbies keep you busy?
To spend time with my partner, Gardening, Fishing, our 3 Dogs!

If you could paint a picture of Flinders Island, where would you set up your easel?
On our deck, which overlooks Marshall Bay.

In the whole wild world – who inspires you?
Nature inspires me.

What local food would you cook for a dinner party?
Local fish and local lamb with lots of local Garlic.

How do you spend your holidays on Flinders Island?
BBQ, fishing, meeting friends, chilling, gardening and a glass of wine in my spa.

Last book, TV or movie you enjoyed?
“12 Years a Slave”…Great movie.

What would be a positive thing to have happen for the islands future?
More tourists would be good for everyone.

What is your favourite quotation or saying?
“I work to live, not live to work”.

We hope you enjoyed meeting a local!

X Sammi & Megan

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