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40 Under 40

A new way of doing things

40 Under 40

Each of these new 40 Under 40 alumni have found that trying something new has its challenges but the outcomes are worthwhile.

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Anita Nedosyko
The Nature Conservancy Australia / Oceans Coordinator SA

Marine conservation campaigner Anita Nedosyko has spent the past six years working on projects to restore the native oyster reefs that were once dominant features of South Australia’s coastline.

The 38-year-old’s work as the Oceans Coordinator SA with The Nature Conservancy Australia has seen her lead the state’s oyster reef restoration program, which has now restored 30 hectares of critically endangered ecosystem in SA gulfs.

The first of these projects, near Ardrossan in Gulf St Vincent, was a landmark for marine conservation, as it was the first “natural” infrastructure project ever funded through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

Known as the Windara Reef system, the 20ha project was constructed in 2017 and 2018 to become the largest man-made oyster reef system in the Southern Hemisphere.

More oyster reef projects have since been announced at Glenelg and O’Sullivan Beach.

A former Flinders University marine biologist, Anita has given more than 50 public presentations to raise awareness about marine conservation and is currently authoring and illustrating a children’s book showcasing marine biology in South Australia that is being published with an international publisher.

Favourite pastime/activity that isn’t related to your work? Playing with my 4-month-old daughter Banksia.

Annabelle Wilson
Flinders University / Associate Professor of Implementation Science

Annabelle Wilson, the 38-year-old Flinders University associate professor of implementation science, is a dietician and PhD with a clear focus on Indigenous health.

“Through my research and leadership, I have disrupted and challenged current thinking about how non-Aboriginal health professionals work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, specifically in nutrition and dietetics,” Annabelle says.

“My research has impacted health professional practice by identifying and translating approaches that non-Aboriginal health professionals can use when working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, including reflexivity and awareness of one’s own attitudes and biases.”

Annabelle’s work led her to develop models of practice, which were adopted in mentoring and training courses for health professionals.

“My success has ultimately been determined through persistence, a strong desire to make a difference, and amazing mentors who I have worked with throughout my career,” she says.

“In the next few years I plan to continue and extend the work I have been doing. In particular, I have applied for funding to lead transformation in nutrition and dietetics related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.”

What is one rule to live by? Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.

Anthony Robinson
Golden Age Studios / Co-founder

After ditching the power tools and career as an electrician, Anthony Robinson chased more creative pursuits as an artist from 2016.

The punt paid off for the now 30-year-old storyboard artist and independent game developer, who heads up his own video games studio, Golden Age Studios.

Golden Age Studios’ aim is to create opportunities and jobs within South Australia’s burgeoning creative industries sector, Anthony says, and to generate “home-grown” original intellectual property.

“Golden Age Studios was created with the philosophy of creating games that are inspired by what they consider to be the Golden Age of gaming, but to also work towards developing content that contributes to the oncoming gaming boom that is heading our way,” he says.

Prior to starting his own business, Anthony was employed as a storyboard artist for media companies Stan and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

In these roles, he developed sequences and storyboards for projects, such as the blockbuster film Mortal Kombat and the television series The Tourist.

After sketching out the original concepts of Golden Age Studios’ current project, Tinker & Spell, in 2018, the company is now involved in several publishing and distribution discussions to further development.

To this day Anthony lives by the maxim “do what you love”.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given? Be excellent at anything and some will pay you to do it.

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