PEOPLE AROUND TOWN
What is your job?
I’m retired now, but I am involved with the Lions Club. I’m the allpowerful president, and I’ll do that role for the next two years: firstly to learn about it, then to follow through. Is it something you always wanted to do?
I’ve always been interested in community activities, though I haven’t had a lot of time to do them.
I was born and raised in Yallourn, which is another State Electricity Commission town. I started in cubs the first chance I got and went all the way through scouts, seniors and became a Queen’s Scout. I left Yallourn when I was 15. I couldn’t get a job or an apprenticeship so I went to Melbourne and got an apprenticeship with the Victorian Railways as a fitter and turner. By the age of 12 I knew I wanted to fiddle around with machinery.
During that time I boarded in Melbourne so I had no time for community involvement.
After my apprenticeship I got called up – that’s the only raffle I ever won, but I never bought a ticket in it. I wasn’t allowed to go to Vietnam because I had two brothers over there and the army had a policy about not sending more than two from one family into a war zone.
I was in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers technical corpse repaired anything and everything – earth moving equipment, tanks, Land Rovers, the lot.
I was there for two years then joined the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.
We dug the pilot tunnels for the Melbourne Underground. Then I went to Winneke and worked on the Sugarloaf Dam, and then went to field service maintenance, looking after all the water and sewerage infrastructure. In Melbourne I got involved in
scouting again. I was scout master at 1st Croydon Hills, but I gave it away after eight years because life was just too full on. What brought you to the Kiewa?
I’ve been coming up here since 1969. I love fly fishing and hunting. I used to come up here for stress relief when I was having a bad time at work. What do you love about the job?
I’m at a time in my life when I want to give something to the community, but when I moved here I didn’t want to commit myself to anything until I felt comfortable with it. The Lions are a fantastic group – they are very committed and I like what they do. I’d like to attract new members. What do you do in your spare time?
I still like fishing, and my partner and I are keen gardeners. We also like travelling, bushwalking and hiking. I’m also a member of the Mount Beauty Men’s Shed. I think that’s the best thing since canned beer.