News

Valley surveyors take the lead

WINNERS: Michael Lamont, Wendy Shepherd Harrison and Darryll Smidt at the awards.
WINNERS: Michael Lamont, Wendy Shepherd Harrison and Darryll Smidt at the awards.

ONE day they might be waist-deep in a river looking for pipes, the next standing in the middle of Grafton Shoppingworld surveying for a new lease arrangement.

Two Clarence Valley surveyors were recognised for their work at the Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards night at Sydney's Shangri-la Hotel.

A Fletcher and Associates surveyor Darryll Smidt took out the Young Professional of the Year award.

"It was pretty good, I'm fairly humbled," Mr Smidt said.

"A lot of the folks in the cities have got a lot more opportunities to participate.

"But I take my job fairly seriously for my clients and I like to get a good outcome for them."

Mr Smidt said he was also recently elected chairman of the Institution of Surveyors NSW North Coast Group.

"You get a mix of out doing fieldwork then you're in the office doing paperwork," he said.

He is working on preliminary work for the Pacific Hwy upgrade.

Harrison Shepherd Pty Ltd surveyor Wendy Shepherd Harrison won the Urban Cadastral Surveying and Land Titling award for her work on the Maclean Town Centre redefinition.

"It's a particularly complex job," Mrs Shepherd Harrison said.

"I went back and traced the original 1923 survey plan. It was a very interesting job historically.

"When you get old jobs, it's like solving a jigsaw puzzle with pieces where the sides all move."

Mrs Shepherd Harrison said she loved the outdoors aspect of being a surveyor.

"At the moment I'm working along the waterfront, that's pretty good when you're working in a beautiful spot like Yamba."

Topics:  awards, clarence valley




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Politics in the Pub forum: Education funding is key

Adam Curlis, Sharryn Usher and Bob Boughton at the Politics in the Pub on Education at the Jacaranda Hotel on Friday, May 27.

Educators talked government funding at Politics in the Pub.

6 Things To Do This Weekend

The Coffs Harbour team showcasing it's surfing talent with a flawless wave. Photo Blake Bodycote / Daily Examiner

Find out what's happening across the Clarence Valley

Early morning car fire in Grafton

A car on fire in Fitzroy Street, Grafton on Saturday morning.

A car was destroyed by fire in Fitzroy Street early Saturday morning

Latest deals and offers

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest