It’s been a busy life

De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer’s jour­ney is a var­ied one

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50s - Ge­orge Smith ge­orge.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

KEVIN Fox’s life be­gan as a re­luc­tant in­fant who took three days to en­ter the world at the Brae­side Hos­pi­tal in Syd­ney in 1954.

The youngest son of a youngest son he bore the same first name as his fa­ther.

Young Kevin’s school­ing started with kinder­garten at the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary School Sefton, fol­lowed by Marist Broth­ers Lid­combe and Bene­dict Col­lege Auburn, com­plet­ing school in 1969. “On leav­ing school my first job was at the Depart­ment of Mo­tor Trans­port in Rose­bury, Syd­ney, as a fil­ing clerk, which lasted about six months,” Mr Fox said. “I was a po­lice cadet for about three years at Red­fern, Syd­ney, and worked in sev­eral ar­eas ... I also learnt how to touch type, all fin­gers”.

Mr Fox rose to Pro­ba­tion­ary Con­sta­ble at the age of 19, serv­ing gen­eral du­ties at New­town Po­lice Sta­tion for 12 months be­fore be­com­ing a Full Con­sta­ble and trans­fer­ring to Bro­ken Hill.

Af­ter 12 months he had a call­ing to re­li­gion, join­ing the Con­ven­tional Fran­cis­cans for two years.

His first ap­point­ment was at Bidyadanga Com­mu­nity’s La Grange Mis­sion as the gen­eral store man­ager.

He also or­gan­ised the youth and adults with reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions in bas­ket­ball and Aussie Rules football and later es­tab­lished a youth club. “I was ac­cepted by some of the lo­cals who in­sisted on giv­ing me a ‘bush name’: Dji­ta­maya means thun­der and light­ning and they called me that be­cause from a dis­tance I look like I am are walk­ing slow, due to my height (only 5ft 19ins or two me­tres),” he said. “The name has stuck.” “I con­sider hav­ing a bush name is one of high re­spect, re­gard­less of the hu­mour in­tended.

“That was over 30 years ago now and we still com­mu­ni­cate via Face­book.”

Mr Fox is now Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer with the Monto Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil and is a keen bowler.

PHOTO: GE­ORGE SMITH

LIFE OF SER­VICE: Kevin Fox has al­ways been com­mu­nity-minded and is a keen bowler in his leisure time.

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