Politi­cian’s work­ing life started in Dubbo

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - By JOHN RYAN

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.

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