Of­fi­cer of the land gets back to na­ture

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NAT­U­RAL Re­sources have been Don Em­mer­ton’s job for more than half a cen­tury.

But the land ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer has locked the doors of the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Gayn­dah of­fice for the last time.

And now he can man­age his own nat­u­ral re­sources.

Re­tir­ing af­ter 52 years in the same of­fice, he now has time to en­joy his prop­er­ties at Mun­dub­bera, Reids Ck, Nip­ping Gully and throughout the Bur­nett.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to be able to do what I want to do, when I want to do it,” he said.

On his last day at work Mr Em­mer­ton was busy serv­ing cus­tomers, tak­ing in­quiries and en­ter­tain­ing pesky jour­nal­ists ask­ing him to pose for pho­tos.

He­said he had­weath­ered an end­less se­ries of depart­ment name changes as coun­cil­lors and politi­cians had come and gone.

Mr Em­mer­ton has seen Gayn­dah grow and change with the times.

“I was born in Gayn­dah and­worked most of my life here,” he said.

And the town holds a spe­cial place in Mr Em­mer­ton’s heart.

He can­didly told the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett times: “hope­fully I’ll die here and be planted in the ground here, I wouldn’t want to be any­where else”.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

Don Em­mer­ton.

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