Successful coach delivers teamwork
BILL McLaughlin was born in Beechworth, went to the town’s primary school and secondary college until year nine, when his family moved to Howlong. After school in Albury and gaining an apprenticeship, work opportunities allowed him to travel the country before returning to settle in Beechworth with his partner, Lucy Tozer.
What’s your job?
I am employed as an electrical foreman at Watters Electrical in Albury.
What brought you to this role?
My previous employer closed the doors. I was looking for a new job and Watters was looking for another electrician.
What do you love about your job? The variety of work. I have generally worked on large construction sites where the different types of electrical work in each project keep things fresh and interesting. Even though you might be on one particular worksite for one or two years, due to the evolving nature of the site things don’t become stale. What do you do in the community? I am a member of the Beechworth Boxing Gym and currently referee amateur boxing matches. I have also been a coach of the Beechworth Bushrangers under 12s and under 14s for the past five years.
What’s the most important current community issue for you?
That local government should focus on local issues and not enter into state, national and international affairs. Councils should be worried about what the local kids are concerned with rather than wasting time and money on areas covered by other levels of government and pushing personal agendas. If we can keep the local kids on track, the future will go in the right direction.
What would you do to solve, change or improve that situation?
Put it in the local government charter that only after the shire is in perfect condition should the council try to extend its area of influence outside Indigo.
What’s the most important current world issue for you?
The price of electricity. While there are some people going to bed feeling warm and fuzzy with their great ideas that seem brilliant, but in fact have no benefit for the big picture, there are a lot of elderly people going to bed cold and hungry.
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?
Hawthorn 1981-90 coach Allan Jeans, and I would show him the 2017 Beechworth U14s in action.
Why show him the team at play? To demonstrate that his coaching methods and beliefs are still relevant and effective decades later. The under 14s finished the season undefeated premiers. This was greatly influenced by their belief in the team above the individual, always looking at ‘What I can do for the team’, rather than ‘What the team can do for me?’ – and their belief in each other.
What book are you reading? ‘The Kill List’ by Frederick Forsyth.
ADVICE: Beechworth’s Bill McLaughlin believes local government should concentrate on local issues for the shire to go in the right direction.