BEING PART OF THE FORESTRY FAMILY
Craig Busby has had a whole-of-life connection with the Forestry Corporation of
NSW. As a current employee and the son of a former employee, his life’s journey has
been shaped by the organisation and the people who make up the ‘forestry family’.
As a child, Craig had the privilege of moving around NSW and experiencing
different and diverse forests, communities and individuals. His family moved
every four years or so – from Bombala in the south to Glen Innes in the north, to a
brief stint in Sydney and long stretches in the mid-north coast area.
‘I was always proud to tell people that my dad was a forester, because
forestry was often the heart and soul of the local communities in which we lived,’
‘My own employment experiences started as a trainee forester in 1990.
This entailed travelling all over the state meeting new people and gaining an
understanding of the types of work undertaken by forestry staff while I was
completing my university degree. This experience took me to all corners and
revealed the extraordinary variety and diversity of services and products forestry
Craig’s employment has spanned a broad range of roles and tasks and in
many locations, including the northern tablelands, the south coast and north
‘I have fought fires around the state and interstate, flown in different types
of aircraft, built bridges and roads, established plantations, harvested and
regenerated native forests, constructed major tourism projects, appeared on TV
and many other challenging but rewarding experiences,’ Craig explains.
One of Craig’s fondest memories is from when he went bush with his dad at
the age of 10.
‘Dad was supervising a new road and bridge being built to access timber in
the Washpool area.
‘To see the machinery in action was awe-inspiring, and the way the people
were working hard together but laughing all the time was a particular treat.
‘I recall it being an exceptionally hot day, and on our way home we stopped
next to a magnificent clear running creek and jumped in the water to escape the
heat. I think whilst I was lying in this creek and reflecting on my day’s experience,
the forestry family became a part of me and I became a part of it.’
RIGHT: This photograph is of Craig’s father, Peter Busby (Regional Manager for the Port
Macquarie Region) with Jack Stewart, the former Assistant Commissioner, at North Brother
State Forest (now Dooragan National Park) in 1987.
INSET: Craig Busby as a boy in his father’s forestry vehicle.
FAR RIGHT: And Craig Busby today, still part of the forestry family he was born into.