My first paid job was when I was 18, in the NSW Department of Public Works, in the survey branch.
I performed survey drafting for major water and sewer schemes for local government. I also did legal searching at the NSW Land Titles Office relating to land acquisition for country water and sewerage schemes.
I worked among surveyors and survey draftsmen and draftswomen and every day of my working life in this department was interesting.
It taught me real lessons about the importance of providing infrastructure to local communities.
It also heavily influenced my subsequent choice of career.
I undertook tertiary studies through TAFE and then the NSW Institute of Technology during the first 10 years of my working life.
Undertaking these studies on a part-time basis enhanced my practical approach to civil engineering.
Ken Halstead is the mayor of the Wingecarribee Shire Council.
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