Visiting the Kiewa Valley as a skier and bushwalker since the 1980s, Hilary retired to Mount Beauty in 2019 after a long career as an IT specialist and corporate trouble-shooter. Splitting her time between travel and home, she picks up local casual work in food production. A beekeeper with life-long interests in self-sufficiency, recycling and off-grid living, she is currently participating in the Project Edge Virtual Power Plant trial, and looking forward to enjoying home-grown produce from her new raised bed garden.