My name is Caitlin Macinante and I’m delighted to be representing Sydney! I’m 26 years old and live in Medowie with my fiancé Barry. We have just finished building our dream home, a big shed on 2.5 acres, complete with lazy koalas and kangaroos hopping around the back yard. I work full-time as a Business Development Manager while studying a Bachelor of Primary Education part-time. I’m passionate about inclusive education and closing the gap in indigenous educational outcomes, with a goal to one day become a Principal. Music is an important part of my life, I play guitar, piano and sing. If I’m not working or studying, you will find Barry and I camping with our mates. The late Steve Irwin was my hero and I grew up catching snakes and countless other creatures, I feel completely at home in the bush. My Grandmother Mary hails from Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and my late Grandfather Jimmy from Castletownroche, Co. Cork. They emigrated to Australia in 1961, shortly followed by the arrival of my mother who went on to become the 1980 Sydney Rose. It is a rare privilege to share the same role she did 38 years ago, I am truly blessed to be the Sydney Rose and am excited for what’s to come!