Other Activities

I am a keen musician, having played bass (and double bass) in bands and orchestras over the years. Currently I am studying piano at AMEB sixth grade level.

I enjoy a game of chess despite my limited abilities, and organize a monthly chess social at the Gasoline Pony bar in Marrickville (feel free to send me an online challenge – ‘mceastonland’ at chess.com).

Ocean swimming is my other enthusiasm. In 2013 I completed a swim from Europe to Asia across the Hellespont in Turkey, and in 2017 I swam the 10km Roughwater Challenge swim from Bondi Beach, through Sydney Heads into Watsons Bay.

In 2008 I was awarded the title of Citizen of the Year by Marrickville Council for environmental services in initiating the ‘Bush Pockets’ program of local native plantings, and providing volunteer legal advice through the Marrickville Community Legal Centre.