Indigo interview: Mick Deuis
MICK Deuis was born in Bendigo and lived in Yackandandah for 11 years before moving to Beechworth in 1969 where he has lived on and off for 48 years.
What’s your job?
At present I am a regional health and safety advisor based in the northern region of Victoria for Murray Goulburn.
What brought you to this role?
In 2007 I was working as a driller in Western Australia, and the manager of Drill and Blast at Ausdrill asked me to move into safety and training because my experience in previous roles in the police force and industrial relations would be of value.
What do you love about your job?
It has enabled me to travel the world – working in Africa, Thailand, Laos, and Papua New Guinea, plus work all over Australia and meet people from all walks of life. I enjoy helping people understand that safety is no accident. I believe that working in this area you are able to make a difference in people’s attitude to safety not just at work but also when they are at home.
What do you do in the community?
I am the president of the Beechworth Golf Club and in my second term. I have a great committee who work tirelessly to ensure that the club can survive. I also have a keen interest in Long John McCubbin’s boxing gym. I enjoy watching the results that he achieves with the town’s young people.
What’s the most important current community issue for you?
The closure of the Murray Goulburn manufacturing plant at Tangambalanga and the effect that this is having on the wider community. These decisions appear to be made by companies that have forgotten that these industries were founded and nurtured in country areas.
What would you do to solve, change or improve that situation?
I would love to have a magic wand to wave to keep the factory open, and then I could tell these people who are dramatically affected that it will be all good and they would still be employed.
What’s the most important current world issue for you?
Terrorism. Innocent lives are lost at the whim of some radical organisation.
If the person you’d most like to meet came to Indigo,
or was already here, who would that be and what would you show them?
The former Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating. I would invite him to join the coffee club table on Saturday morning at the Granite Café in Beechworth, and then take him on a tour of the town and surrounds.
Why would you show him that?
His presence, wit and debating skills would add enormous value to the conversations that occur over a two hour period each Saturday morning and the tour would highlight the enormous development that has occurred over the years – there is so much to do and see within all areas of the Indigo Shire.
What book are you reading?
Mike Tyson’s life story – a very interesting insight in to the former heavyweight boxing champion. His childhood years are an incredible tale of survival.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Beechworth’s Mick Deuis has travelled the world with his job helping people to understand safety in the workplace.