How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I was transferred to Parkes by the then Department Main Roads in October 1980. I really like the moderate pace of life in Parkes, the community attitude, the fresh air and the abundance of native birds on our 11 ha block.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? I was involved in monitoring traffic and transport movements and conducting road safety audits throughout Western NSW. This required a lot of travel and enabled me to enjoy the landscape, as well as carrying out interesting work.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Central West NSW.
What makes you laugh the most? British Comedy, although much of it, such as Benny Hill and the series It Aint Half Hot Mum would be regarded as politically incorrect by some these days.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Spend it in the company of Jesus Christ, Leonardo da Vinci, Rudyard Kipling, and Louis Chevrolet. These were leaders in humanity, art, literature and motoring.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? The late 18th and early 19th centuries when the Industrial Revolution really hit its straps. It would be a wonderful experience to be part of massive changes in the way the world’s technologies, workplaces and practices changed for the better.
If you were the ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? At least 80% of media reporting to be of the positive achievements and experiences of governments and people, rather than the negative or harmful experiences.
What is one thing you will never do again? Turn 80.