AS one of the largest employers in the Peel region, the City of Mandurah recognises the personal contribution its staff make to the community.
Senior environmental health officer Mark Tamblyn is an example of how an individual can balance work duties with personal commitment through his ongoing involvement with the Australian Defence Force Reserve.
Following 10 years of service with the army, Captain Tamblyn became a reservist and pursued other employment in his profession as an environmental health officer.
He has been in the Reserves for seven years.
Captain Tamblyn has been deployed to East Timor, the Banda Aceh tsunami and other humanitarian support operations.
“I enjoy being involved in the Reserves as it allows me to practice my profession, but in a unique military setting,’’ he said.
“I hope I bring this back into my professional work life at the City of Mandurah.
“The City is very supportive of Army Reserves and allows me to attend training activities every year and share my knowledge and experiences.”
The City’s employment policies and practices support the release of community service personnel for emergency services duties and Defence Force Reservists for peacetime training and deployment.
City chief executive Mark Newman said that as an employer the City of Mandurah looked for people interested in making a difference in the community.
“The training and experience gained through Reserve service is transferable to the workplace, many of which are aligned with the City’s values,” he said.
“We believe that providing a workplace where our people can enjoy what they do and use their various skills and abilities is fundamental to the success of our organisation and our ability to deliver the best outcomes for our community.”