Mal Wil­son

Myrtleford Times - - News -

What is your job?

I do the school run with Alpine Spirit Coaches; I go to Yackan­dan­dah, Beech­worth and back.

You only started this year, how have you found it?

It’s a big part of my life, the kids are just fan­tas­tic and we have made friends with a lot of the par­ents. They have taken me sheep shear­ing; billy kart rac­ing and we have gone out for bar­be­cues on their prop­er­ties. It’s filled a great void in our lives. I look for­ward to it ev­ery day.

How did that job come about?

I ap­plied while I was still liv­ing in Queens­land and they of­fered me the job, I was orig­i­nally do­ing an­other run out Mi­lawa way and then this came up. Orig­i­nally it was a week here, a week there but af­ter Christ­mas I will be pretty much full time.

Have you joined any other com­mu­nity groups since you moved to Myrtle­ford at the start of the year?

I go to the lo­cal RSL and to the bare foot bowls. Two sports clubs are also in­ter­ested in me help­ing out with their run­ning which will hap­pen in time. I give a hand to Steve Dale with the box­ing as well.

What is a sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity is­sue to you?

The speed of traf­fic is a very big con­cern of mine, par­tic­u­larly at the new round­about and in Duke Street. I think it is a ma­jor is­sue. That round­about is not slow­ing traf­fic down at all. There has only got to be a car or a truck or a bus or what­ever put off com­ing into town and there could be a big prob­lem. There needs to be some­thing to slow the traf­fic down by the way of speed humps or sim­i­lar and I would sug­gest for there to be bol­lards around that bak­ery. Duke Street is also far too high a speed and we have school chil­dren and el­derly of­ten cross­ing the road.

What is a sig­nif­i­cant world is­sue to you?

I think we donate too much over­seas to give aid when we need to be look­ing in our back­door at un­der­priv­i­leged kids, fam­i­lies and the home­less. We have it bad here and we don’t hear enough about it.

If you could bring any­one to Myrtle­ford who would it be and what would you show them?

I’d like to bring An­drea Bo­celli, the blind opera singer, to sing in the vine­yards.

Do you like that kind of mu­sic?

Any type of mu­sic I love. Billy Joel and ACDC would be my favourites.

What else have you been do­ing in your spare time around Myrtle­ford?

Fish­ing and go­ing to all the wine events. I am learn­ing how to trout fish and caught my­self some cod the other day. I also have an in­ter­est in help­ing young kids get in­volved in sport so that they have some­thing to do and are stay­ing ac­tive.

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