How long has Camp Creative been running?
“I’ve been on the Camp Creative committee since 2000. I was in my second year as Principal of Bellingen High School when Gillian Helfgott, the late Peter Nance and Kerry Child came to me with a proposal to hold Camp Creative at Bellingen High School.”
What’s new this year?
We have 22 new courses and are offering a group discount for 3 or more bookings of $50 on the same booking reference number.
What usual events are a must do?
Definitely not to be missed are the Celebrity Concert, Open Mic Night, Street Party and Grand Finale concert!
Are there any courses still with vacancies?
Dancing -Ballroom dancing, flamenco, Argentine tango.
Kids – Drama for teenagers and sonic mayhem.
Craft – beginners Chinese brush painting and free-style felting.
Some other courses still have a few spots available.
Most important skill you have?
I think I can see commonsense in most situations as a mediation point.
Do you miss going to school?
No but I miss the day to day interactions where you could make a difference by understanding a student’s life and use your position to help them. I have to say, I love Facebook. It’s a good way to stay in touch with ex-students and be there for them…and they are also there for me.
What do you do in your spare time?
I play as much golf as possible, live and breathe Camp Creative, wage my personal war on lantana , mow ( which I like) and work for various universities supervising students.
Best childhood memory?
My time at Narrandera in 1958 when my dad was English master and all I can remember are golden days ,plain trees in Autumn and innocence. As I travelled around the state it was something I tried to replicate for my children
What would you like to be remembered for?
Someone who was a decent person.
What do your friends say about you?
That I have a great memory and am lucky to love being in a country town. I never get sick of walking up the main street and talking to anyone I see.
What do you try to avoid?
Being on a committee…I have a short attention span, but I am on lots of committees!
What are you currently reading?
Robert Ludlum, but my usual genre is psychopathic/criminal. I swap lots of books with my mum which does not sound good but we love it.
How do you relax?
I love an outside fire. I solve the problems of the world with a beer or two.
What would you do if you were 20 years younger?
I would build another house in Yammacoona and do it properly this time.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Giving a talk to an all-girls school in Wagga Wagga when I was a consultant working with the Board of Studies. I was well into my spiel on tertiary scaling when a teacher said, Bob, your fly is undone”. I am still wary of that town.
The best lesson your parents taught you was?
To be good person, do the best I can and treat people the same way I wanted to be treated.
The last big belly laugh you had?
Playing golf with my friends. You get away with nothing.
If Bob was PM, what would you do?
I would be fair about educational opportunities for kids. You can dress it up as much as you want but a student in a rural setting is up against the 8 ball not to mention the private swimming pool. Thank goodness for brilliant teachers in the state system.
What made you come to Bellingen?
My ex wife wanted a warmer climate. We lived in Bombala which is a cold version of Dorrigo. Like Dorrigo folk, they are great people.
What project are you currently working on?
We are in renovation mode with our house.
Who inspires you?
My mother is so talented and I am in awe of her creativity. I love people like Lance and Enid Rose. I would like to be seen as nearly as significant as Carl Foster.
Favourite shire eatery?
l loved No 2 Oak St and I still love Oak St Food and Wine. You walk through the door and it is always special.
I have seen you in The Old Butter Factory a lot?
I love the food and coffee there, but I am usually looking for my golf ball.
Best coffee in town?
There is no bad coffee in town but I have to confess that I keep coming back to OBF and it never lets me down. Must be my slice.
Most memorable previous career?
I enjoyed working as a butcher before I went to uni.
Your current passion?
My lovely wife 1st and then golf.
Favourite country to visit and why?
I want to go to Ireland, play some golf and sing Irish rebel songs in a Dublin pub or three.
In the movie Bobgate, who would play you?
I think John Meillon would be great . A bit of softness and a strong sense of BS.
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