15 Apr 2014 - Elizabeth Fowler
Coffs Harbour forester David Wilson will today receive the
NSW Service Medallion for 42 years of meritorious public service.
David said the award was a great honour and that he'd
enjoyed every moment of his long career.
"I've worked all over the State and loved every town I've
lived in. I'm lucky enough to enjoy going in to work on Monday morning as much
as I enjoy knocking off on Friday afternoon," David said.
Forestry Corporation of NSW Regional Manager Craig Busby
said while David's career had taken him around NSW, he had spent the past 18
years in Coffs Harbour.
"David joined the then Forestry Commission as a trainee in
1972 and worked in Bega, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Deniliquin, Mildura and
Armidale before moving to Coffs in 1996," Mr Busby said.
"During his time with forestry he's completed a professional
exchange in the USA, participated in major fire fighting efforts, coordinated
major industry training programs and offered his services as a Justice of the
Peace for 26 years.
"For the past decade, David has been the region's Community
Partnerships Forester and has worked with locals, community groups and councils
to provide information and advice and improve their experiences in the region's
"As well as coordinating community clean ups, trails and
facilities for mountain bikers and horse riders, permits for fossicking and
special events, in recent years David's been our man on the ground managing
logistics on State forest roads for the hugely successful World Rally
"He has also played a key role in some major facelifts of
community facilities in the Orara East State Forest, including the
award-winning Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout and the new viewing platform at Korora
"David has put his heart and soul into forestry
over the past four decades. His love of the bush, diverse experience and
enthusiasm have seen him inspire others both at work and in his personal life
where he's an active member of the local community as President of the Coffs
Coast Tigers Football Club. I congratulate him on this milestone and thank him
for his many years of service."
Media contact: Elizabeth Fowler 9407 4265 / 0408 779 903