He­li­copters, the Army and ‘Dub­bera

The in­ter­est­ing life of Bap­tist Church Pas­tor Paul Dare

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE OVER 50 - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

BE­FORE he be­gan a spir­i­tual jour­ney that led him to lead the Mun­dub­bera Bap­tist Church, Pas­tor Paul Dare used to work as an aero­space en­gi­neer.

“I played with he­li­copters,” the 52-year-old said.

“I looked after the main­te­nance of the Black Hawks in the Army and then I worked for Siko­rsky Aus­tralia.

“Do­ing that was awe­some as I was the only per­son au­tho­rised in Aus­tralia to sign off for them for Black Hawk and Sea Hawk he­li­copters.”

Mr Dare said he en­joyed the job thor­oughly.

“You made friends for life, learned things you couldn’t any­where else, and did things I’d never do again,” he said.

“Just to walk around the Siko­rsky man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in the United States was such a thrill, where they made he­li­copters from scratch.

“The pro­duc­tion line was a mile long, it was an amaz­ing fac­tory.”

Mr Dare has also been up close to the he­li­copters used by the Pres­i­dent of the United States.

“That was re­ally cool as well.”

Mr Dare grew up in Tas­ma­nia and at­tended the Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege Dun­troon, where he com­pleted a trade in elec­tron­ics. He joined the Army when he was 16.

From there he went on to work for the Army for 20 years as a tech­ni­cian.

“When I was in the Army I was an elec­tronic tech­ni­cian, I did en­joy that, the next log­i­cal step for me was with he­li­copters and avi­a­tion,” he said.

“I be­came in­volved in things I was pas­sion­ate about.

“I’ve lived in Mel­bourne, Aubury, Toow moomba, Can­berra, Syd­ney, Bris­bane and Townsville.”

Mr Dare left Siko­rsky in 2007 and be­gan to work to­wards be­com­ing a pas­tor with the Queens­land Bap­tists.

“It was a jour­ney I went on, a spir­i­tual jour­ney, that’s how I’d de­scribe it,” he said.

“Over a time Mun­dub­bera is where the jour­ney led me.

“I’ve been at the Mun­dub­bera Bap­tist Church for seven years, start­ing my eighth year now.”

Mr Dare said while he did not know how much longer he would be based in the North Bur­nett town, he is proud to be a part of the com­mu­nity.

“That’s up to my spir­i­tual jour­ney and where that takes me,” he said.

“I love that fact that is town will­ing to ad­vance, look back on what’s it been, not for­sake tra­di­tion, but not keep it for tra­di­tion’s sake.

“It’s will­ing to move for­ward, that’s why I think it’s such a dy­namic town.

“The Long Ta­ble lunch is the high­light, it just proved again what the town can do.”

Mr Dare said out of ev­ery­thing he had learnt in his just over half-a-cen­tury life, one thing stood out to him the most.

“Life is about peo­ple,” he said.

“You can wealth, fame, for­tune and do won­der­ful things, but if you aren’t do­ing it with peo­ple, or if it isn’t about peo­ple, you are do­ing it for the wrong rea­sons. “It can be­come a chore. “If you are do­ing it for peo­ple, it’s bet­ter.

“Peo­ple mat­ter, that is what it boils down too.”

He said the town com­ing to­gether after the 2013 floods proved just that.

“It proves what peo­ple can do for one an­other, they put aside ar­gu­ments, got in and helped each other,” Mr Dare said.

“It proved peo­ple are so much more im­por­tant.”

Peo­ple mat­ter, that is what it boils down to. — Paul Dare

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

SPIR­I­TUAL JOUR­NEY: Mun­dub­bera Bap­tist Church Pas­tor Paul Dare used to be an aero­space en­gi­neer.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

Mr Dare said he was proud to be a part of the Long Ta­ble Lunch in 2016.

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