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Hello all
As of 4pm EST on Friday 24th July 2015 I joined the ranks of the unemployed. I have spent the last 37 years helping to protect the fishery resources of NSW as a Fisheries Officer but time kept creeping up and my body did not recover as quickly as it once did after some days camped along riverbanks and getting small boats down and then back up steep river banks -some days we did in excess of 100 k's in the boat so the seat used to get pretty hard too.
There is still lots to do around our home with painting and the like to keep me busy for quite some months. Kate ( my partner for those who have not met us) gets to the magic 65 in October next year and will hopefully want to retire and smell the roses with me.
Our current camper - the mighty Trak Shak - will be on the market very soon (only one more short trip next weekend) and the following week I head to Queensland to collect the replacement - a second hand AOR Quantum. Something that is more older folk friendly that will allow us to do the tended travels with a few more creature comforts. I did not want a full size caravan as that extra width would restrict the places we can go whereas the Quantum is very much built for off road travel.
I hope to meet many of the EO family during our travels and visit the places I get envious reading about in other people's blogs.
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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 12:29

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 12:29
Hi John T, may you and your wife enjoy your retirement and go see this great country of ours ,sounds like you were doing a job that you liked and that makes a great difference .
Happy Travels
John
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Reply By: allein m - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 15:09

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 15:09
enjoy your retirement now you deserve to be able to spend time with your wife and family

So many of people working for country energy will be joining you very soon and the list of cut back s just keep getting longer

I know for a fact BrokenHill Fisheries office has been closed for some time now I am not sure if they were put off or moved to another area

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Follow Up By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 15:36

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 15:36
Hi Allein m
Mate the office at the Hill was closed about 7 years ago. That was a result of a change of government deciding that those officers could be better utilised any other locations. They were not made redundant
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Reply By: madfisher - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 16:46

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 16:46
Happy retirement John, I would be surprised if I haven't meet you around the traps. I ran into Peter T doing the rounds on Tantangra a few months ago. I hadn't seen him in years. As soon as he looked at my lic he remembered me.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 19:04

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 19:04
Make sure you check your fish out of tantangra, last one wife an I cooked out of there had a (what we check up on google) tape worm cist in the flesh...
All the best on your retirement John, may it be long and full of happiness... And enjoy your new acquisition.. All the best. Odog
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Follow Up By: madfisher - Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 19:17

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 19:17
The rainbows their often have a nematode worm which can cause a cyst, ugly but harmless.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 19:29

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 19:29
Best wishes for a long, happy and most importantly, healthy retirement, John.

Enjoy the "new" Quantum, I'm envious.

Nothing like having the wife, or a friend, saying: "What are you doing?" Says you: "Nothing!" They reply: "I thought you did that yesterday?" And you reply: "I wasn't finished........."

Don't forget to spend a few days at Winton when you're touring. You could drop a line in the Old Cork waterhole............and check for nets! :-)

Good luck,
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Reply By: duck - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 20:20

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 20:20
John with all the changes at DPI it might be a good time to be getting out others I know have all said it's better to be getting out now & remember it we'll , than with or the stupid changes that are happening now (been a supplier for decades)
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Reply By: Member - Neil W (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 20:36

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 20:36
Enjoy your retirement John and welcome to the Quantum club I am sure you will enjoy it they are great campers, lots of information on the AOR forum too.
Retirement is still a few years off for us but I can't wait.
See you on the road.
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 22:38

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 22:38
Congratulations John,
Those bloody horseshoes should bring You & Kate lots of luck at finding a good camp spot or two. Hope You have had a pretty good work life so why not have a good retirement, enjoy the Quantum & travels.
Regards Mike.
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Reply By: Member - WBS - Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:07

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:07
All the best to you and your partner. Retirement can be the best time of your life! Enjoy your new Quantum. I'm envious of your purchase but hope you have many wonderful adventures with it
WBS
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:03

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:03
Hope it works out ok John.

I offically became retired on 1 /7 after being semi for a couple of years and I like it.

I have read several articles recently along the lines of retirement = death and I wish those people would go away as its taken a long time to get their and I don't want it diminished.

I have noted that the bush is a lot quieter on week days.

I am still resisting getting a van of any type and still prefer to sleep in the Patrol but I can see one on the horizon in next few years.








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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 12:45

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 12:45
WELCOME to retirement John,
First let me say thank you for your service to your country and state, I have a couple of friends working in the department of fisheries in W.A. and out of all the public service branches I reckon the fisheries officers have the best working environment, and you are very special people, thank you.
you have also made me very envious of you as your wife will probably join you next year I have still got to wait another three years thank to changes the labour government brought in my wife has to work until she is 66. but them is the breaks. enjoy your retirement, and the travels.
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 15:40

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 15:40
Congratulations John, I'm another who opted out of full time work this year and we leave in 11 sleeps for a 3 month trip to the UK and Europe. Next year we are planning to replace the red dust that has washed off the 4by since out last big trip.

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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 08:00

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 08:00
Good morning all
Just a quick thanks to the well wishers. We certainly hope to travel as much of Oz as we can before it all gets too much. Also want to do one more trip back to the UK to see friends and family - that will have to wait til Kate retires next year.

Thanks again
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 11:27

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 11:27
so John,
where is the secret spot in your Photo
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Reply By: Member - johnat - Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 21:10

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 21:10
Well wishes from another Tamworthian, and "semi-retiree". Hoping your travels are all happy!
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