David Wright

David Wright
August 5, 2020 Active

TEAM MEMBER STORIES – DAVID WRIGHT

For Supervisor David Wright a highlight of working for Active is that no two days are the same and each offers the opportunity to meet new people while experiencing different places.

“I enjoy the fact there’s a new challenge each day and we get to work in all different areas,” he reflects.

David joined Active two years ago after a varied career that saw him start out as a motor
mechanic and then move into the construction industry.

In 2009, he was sub-contracting as a carpenter when the opportunity arose to work in the tree industry.

“I needed a change and managed to get a job working as an assessor for a company contracted to Active,” he says.

It was a role he thoroughly enjoyed in an industry where the great outdoors was his office.

“The last 10 years working in powerlines have been the best in my career,” he says.

“By and large that’s down to the great people you get to work with, but I’ve also enjoyed the chance to travel to places like South Australia and New South Wales.”

In 2018, David saw a position advertised with Active and jumped at the opportunity to come on board as a supervisor.

“The great thing about Active is the support they give you and the fact everyone, from field staff to the administration teams is willing to help, no matter what the issue might be”

David’s day-to-day role involves planning work for his crews, contacting landowners for site access, and auditing completed tasks.

It’s a job that takes him from the northern outskirts of Melbourne through to Nagambie, Eildon, Marysville and Puckapunyal.

In his spare time, he also enjoys a volunteer role with many similarities to supervising crews in the tree industry.

David is a Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer of more than 20 years, and currently holds the
title of captain.

“I’ve gone through from basic firefighting to search and rescue then strike team leader,” he says.

This lengthy career has seen him involved in major events including the Black Saturday fires of Kinglake, and this year his role with the CFA saw him leading strike teams in both NSW and Victoria during one of the worst bushfire seasons on record.

“In some ways the CFA role and the job with Active overlap,” he notes. “Both roles come with hazards and high-risk situations. In the CFA it helps to have an understanding of powerlines, while there are also things that I’ve learnt in the CFA that I use in my career.”

February of 2020 offered perhaps the greatest crossover of all, when David was called on by Active to oversee the bushfire recovery in Corryong.

“It was a bit of an opportunity,” David reflects. “Because you don’t often get to go back as a firefighter and see how communities are recovering.”

Describing his time in Corryong as a definite career highlight, David notes his foreseeable future remains with Active.

“It’s the people,” he says, simply. “They’re just always willing to support you.”