After 47 years of Municipal Engineering and Local Government Management, David Eltringham retired from full time employment in March 2012. His position at retirement was General Manager, Technical Services with Horsham Rural City Council.
David is currently involved in selected consultancy roles supporting Local Government, including an ongoing engagement with City of Greater Bendigo since 2012, with consulting projects on Procurement Compliance.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been a Volunteer since 1975 in various roles, particularly Regional Groups, Victoria Division Committee, National Congress and 2010 Victorian State President.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I became a volunteer when I accepted the nomination to Committee with the Sunraysia Group (Mildura) and then as Group Secretary and later Group Chairman.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Volunteering provides the opportunity for involvement with like-minded professionals and engineers and assisting in promoting the role and development of engineers in communities and industry.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
My role as 2010 Victorian State President was both personally rewarding and also enabled me to work towards more inclusion of EA and engineers in both workplaces and communities. However, I felt the greatest opportunity to contribute to the networking, fellowship and essential role of Regional Engineers was whrn I Chaired the Regional Engineers Special Interest Group (RSIG) before it was disbanded by EA in 2016.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
Volunteerism is a very Australian attribute and being an EA volunteer at many levels gave insight and tools as to how to be a more effective team contributor.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
Work and volunteering are compatible when you ensure you have the skill to both prioritise and time manage.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
For EA volunteers, read and deliver the words and thoughts of our greatest engineer and soldier, Monash:
“adopt as your fundamental creed that you equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit, but for the benefit of the whole community”
As Victorian Division President, I had these inspirational words by General Sir John Monash inscribed on the wall of the EA Victorian Division Meeting Room as a reminder to all of our responsible place in society.
Image: courtesy of David Eltringham