Politician’s working life started in Dubbo
GREG Warren has plenty to be thankful for when he thinks back on the early years of his career path.
He left Dubbo’s St Johns College in Year 10 and scored a mechanic’s apprenticeship, but was laid off in 1989 during a tough season and a looming recession just a few months into that first job.
He’d seen the army recruiting caravan in Macquarie Street and thought that might offer a secure job so went in and signed up on the spot.
With his longer-term career sorted, he still had to wait a few months before being inducted so started looking around for a job in Dubbo to keep the cash coming in before he left – but with the economy slowing down at the time any vacancies were few and far between.
“I got on my pushbike and just rode out to Fletcher’s abattoir and saw a bloke who my dad knew and introduced myself. I said I was looking for any jobs, and asked what’s going. I told him that I was going into the army but needed to fill in a couple of months,” Mr Warren told Dubbo Photo News.
“I got a job down in the maintenance department and I started doing some laboring with the electrician and it was really good.”
He said Dubbo is lucky to have such a large, long-term employer that can provide not only short-term cash flow positions for people in between jobs, but also create career pathways with the extensive ongoing training offered onsite.
“What Fletchers have done over the years for the local economy has been vital,” Mr Warren said.
After 10 years in the army and plenty of tertiary study, Mr Warren settled in Sydney and had two stints as Camden mayor before being elected as the MP for Campbelltown. Greg Warren now enjoys a successful political career. His early working years were spent here in Dubbo. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.