Leaving MCDA to follow his dreams
John Sharpe is off to join Sea Shepherd on the coast
MUNDUBBERA Community Development Association Centre manager John Sharpe has announced he is retiring from his role in the organisation.
“I’m going back to following my dreams I guess you could say,” Mr Sharpe said.
“I’m going to pursue my passion of politics, environmental politics and music.
“I want to go into music promotion, that’s sort of developed since I’ve been here.
“I didn't play a musical instrument and then my hair fell out so I couldn't be a pop star. “I like organising things.” Mr Sharpe, who has been at the centre for 12 years, said he would also like to do some volunteer work when he moved to the coast.
“I hope to become a volunteer with Sea Shepherd at an organisational level,” he said.
“Whatever role they see fit for me.”
Though Mr Sharpe said people would not see him on the news trying to stop whaling boats.
“When I learn to swim I will,” he said.
“What Sea Shepherd does on land though is catchment management, that's what I did before I came here.
“I see it as a bit of a progression to travel to other spots around the world.
“I used to be a dairy farmer, then a cane farmer, then a uni student, I worked in natural resource management before coming here, so it’s like going back to to the future.”
Mr Sharpe said he thought one of his greatest achievements at the MCDA was a men’s mental health program.
“It was called the Local Blokes Local Answers program and that was spun for seven years,” he said.
“It was designed to keep males resilient during times of change in their lives.
“It encouraged males to take about their problems and seek answers that were available locally.”
He said one of the biggest challenges in the role was trying to create a sense of community inclusiveness between the different North Burnett towns.
“It’s been very hard, as we’ve got all the towns that we service, while we are classed as Mundubbera, a lot of our programs take in the whole of the North Burnett,” he said.
“Each town is different, each community is different, but they just won't support each other, why is that?
“It seems to be something that has been developed traditionally, a social construction, maybe just something that because small towns have got to be resilient and have to be basically able to stand on their own feet they don't accept change very readily.”
He said he would miss a number of aspects of the role, but mainly helping people.
“I’ll miss the interaction with people,” he said.
“I intend to help people anyway wherever I go.”
Mr Sharpe said he planned to remain at the MCDA until Christmas.
I’m going to pursue my passion of politics, environment politics and music. — John Sharpe
FAREWELL: John Sharpe is leaving the MCDA and following his dreams.