Local forester earns NSW Service Medallion for 42 years of public service

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 State forests.

"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 Championships.

"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 Lookout.

"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."

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