USC Grad Puts Her Wheels in Motion

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MONICA Romanyk is not setting out for a new career in Germany to reinvent the wheel, just the way it is used to go around and around.

The 24-year-old regional and urban planner, who has just gained her degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast, will focus a little of her lateral thinking on non-motorised eco-mobility.

Monica has gained a six-month internship with ICLEI, a local government organisation committed to sustainability. She flew out for Bonn last week.

The international student from Canada, who decided to study at USC after holidaying in Noosa five years ago, said she would be using the Sunshine Coast as a comparison for her overseas research and would be keen to come back and sort out some sustainable cycling options locally.

"The Sunshine Coast was a really interesting place to study regional planning because of its growth," she said.

"I'm excited about working in the field. It has so much potential.

"We have to work with communities and not forget the social implications of planning."

Monica pursued her interest in social planning through a minor in sociology.

"As an intern with ICLEI, I will help plan the first EcoMobility World Congress in Korea in October, 2011. …