Officer of the land gets back to nature
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”.