Music runs in the family for Kacey Stephensen, so it was not surprising that he became a songwriter and musician from an early age.
His first public appearance as a solo songwriter performer was at the Fleurieu Folk Festival at age 17. He has continued to perform at festivals and live venues ever since.
At Minda, Kacey is a landscape gardener and supervisor with the Envirocare team. He sees innovations such as replacing chemical pest management with organic herbicides as having great potential to reduce adverse effects on both people and habitats.
“Helping people to look after our environment is something that is important to motivating me in the work we do at Envirocare. It’s a theme that flows through to my songwriting also,” says Kacey.
With recent bushfire events and the national discussion around the impacts of climate change, Kacey felt the need to respond in a creative way to what he was seeing and experiencing. He wrote and recorded a song he titled ‘New leaves weep’ which he posted to his Facebook network.
“One thing led to another, and not long after I was contacted by a community group who were organising a ‘Peoples Climate Assembly’ event in Canberra, timed for parliament’s first day of sitting,” Kacey says.
“The event, held on the Parliament House lawns, attracted close to 3,000 people on that day and continued for five days.
“I was able to perform the new song, together with a rewrite of a song called ‘A kindly reminder’. It was a great experience, and I felt it was one way to contribute and help raise awareness about the issues.”