Indigo in­ter­view: Mick Deuis

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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.

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