Empowering organisations to lead the change they want to see in the region.
Fishbowl PR was founded in 2010 by Birgit Schonafinger. It has been built on Birgit’s commitment to good relationships as the basis for business and community prosperity. Birgit’s clients benefit from her extensive local knowledge and networks. She contributes to many community, not-for-profit and start-up projects in a pro bono capacity.
Fishbowl PR is a Registered Consultancy with the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). Birgit was made a Fellow of the PRIA's College of Fellows in 2015. She is also a member of PRIA's Victorian Registered Consultancy Group committee and a member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).
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I grew up in the family business – a bakery in north east Victoria - where I learnt early the value of good customer service.
As a child, writing captured my imagination and my first job was as a print journalist. There I enjoyed telling the stories of people in their communities. It was also a good fit for my fascination with issues and my need for variety.
I travelled through Egypt and Europe and lived and worked in the UK for five years before moving to Melbourne where I worked as a newspaper sub-editor.
Returning to north east Victoria in 1996 led me into local government public relations roles, strong connections to community, old and new networks and eventually to starting Fishbowl PR in 2010.
I love the variety of work and am energised by the interesting projects and the people I get to work with – both clients and collaborators. The results our projects have delivered in raising awareness, improving understanding, strengthening community connections and delivering new initiatives in the region really make the work rewarding.
I look forward to your call to see if Fishbowl PR is a good fit for your project.