Plumber flushed with his success
DONALD Dundas took a step back and then a great leap forwards when he dumped his labouring job to sink his talents into plumbing.
Aged 22, with two toddlers to feed, he halved his wage to become an plumbing apprentice and earn his ticket.
Six years on he is employed by Warrumbungle Shire Council, supervises labourers twice his age — and is NSW’s entrant in the finals of the Australian Training Awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.
“I took a haircut to go and do an apprenticeship but I decided to bite the bullet early to get ahead in the long run,” he said.
“I will earn more as a fully licensed plumber than I ever would have as a labourer, busting my bum every day. And at the end of the day I can say I’ve completed an apprenticeship, which fills me with a great sense of pride, especially because there’s a shortage of indigenous tradies.”
A former St Joseph’s College First XV rugby player and First XI cricketer, captain of the state’s best indigenous schoolboy side — the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team — and Central NSW super heavyweight boxing titleholder, Dundas now trains kids with disabilities at Coonabarabran gym and takes pride in being a career role model for Aboriginal children.
The Australian Training Awards are on November 23.
Sharon Smith, Donald Dundas.