I came to Paraburdoo some 30 years ago, after traveling around the world backpacking and following my dream playing Tennis and Coaching in overseas countries. I came from Melbourne where I grow up learn to become Refrigeration & Air Condition Tech I was employed by company called Hamersley Iron who employed to come to Paraburdoo.
My passion for flying came about when I live in Victoria and visiting the local Airport 10 km from home and spend most time riding my bike from Sandringham.
Most things in my life they just fall into place with an idea and keen interest to make it happen. Paraburdoo is a very remote place and my plan was only work here 6 months to 2 years to save money for a house.
That changed my life, living here being involved playing many sports and life style I loved it. I took up coaching kids Tennis repairing old tennis courts.
I met up with Greg through a friend who owned Aircraft based in Paraburdoo, he said you should learn how to fly, as he was arranging flying training school to come to town. That was back in 1990 after now flying some 750 hrs and still and enjoyment putting on head set and go flying.
The RFDS came into my life when I was asked to help out in bike ride from Paraburdoo to Perth to raise money. I also see Greg being part of the bike rider and I was part of support crew, they raised a lot money back then for the RFDS.
I take part in the Outback Race on two occasions with Greg and still friends, this is my third time, why because I know that service brings to my town help so many people from all walks of life at less 150 visits a year into Paraburdoo. Rio tinto and community are great supporters to RFDS the challenge for me, is to raise this money of $4000.00 in less than six months. Where I sit in my community now, I am the Deputy President of the Ashburton Shire.
Make the most of life.