A man of many interests and a wealth of experience
Many locals would be familiar with, his wife Marilyn and their two children; Jennifer, a pharmacist at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Paul, a croupier at Crown Casino. David and Marilyn have a lovely property at Hallston where they raise beef cattle and produce hay.
David has been a very active member of the community over many years and was involved in the initial planning and fundraising to establish the Mirboo North & District Community Bank. He has recently taken up an invitation to join the Bank Board, “I joined SRCEL (the franchise that operates the Community Bank) as a Director as a means of community service and maybe also use some of the experience developed during my working life,” David says.
Hailing from the UK as a Mining Engineer, David worked in production, marketing and management in the Australian mining and heavy industry sector, later going on to establish a company providing consulting services to industry and government in the commodity and manufactured metal products sector until his retirement in 2012.
From 2000 onwards David spent 12 years as a Councillor representing Mirboo North and district on the South Gippsland Shire Council including 12 months as Mayor. He provided strong advocacy for the district which resonated well with residents. David’s work saw many gains for the area including securing Council support for protections from unconventional gas mining (fracking), which threatened the South Gippsland economy, lifestyle and environment. David’s work also helped ensure Council’s support of the Mirboo North pool which was threatened with closure; the Community Bank has since become a major sponsor of the pool redevelopment project.
As a member of the Hallston Mt Eccles CFA Brigade where David serves as First Lieutenant, he has assisted in fighting local and other major fires such as the 2009 fires in Mirboo North, the Hazelwood mine fire in 2014 and the 2019 Rosedale fires, “I enjoy the comradeship of working in a small group with a common purpose. One of my roles is supporting the Brigade Captain and standing in when necessary.”
To keep fit and reduce stress, David has been an enthusiastic runner for 40 years and now runs regularly in the Grand Ridge Rail Trail Park Run. David says he’s slowed down a bit now though! The Community Bank supports the Park Run, a popular addition to the sports available to the community.
Surprisingly, David’s interesting and busy lifestyle has still allowed time for one of his favourite hobbies; restoring classic cars. He has just finished restoring a 1981 VC Holden Commodore and is working on a 1974 V12 Jaguar. Next on the list is a 1970 Mark X Jaguar and with a well-equipped workshop, David can undertake most of the work himself to keep costs down.
The Board is very pleased to have David as a Director; a person so invested in his community, and with a wealth of skills. He is currently also a member of the Governance Committee where his knowledge and expertise is most welcome.
Director, Mirboo North & District Community Bank Branch.