A long contribution to community and company
IT would be fair to say that if you look around Portland and Heywood at many of the major construction projects of the past 40 or so years, the hand of Tony Nash can be seen.
Mr Nash recently retired as the area manager for concrete manufacturer Hanson, for a territory that spanned from Portland to Stawell.
While the area office was in Hamilton, a 41-year career with the company saw Mr Nash based just about everywhere.
Of course Hanson was formerly Pioneer Concrete before the UK-based multinational bought its Australian arm in 1999.
But Mr Nash’s story goes well beyond that and spans decades of community service to Heywood and Portland and has seen him the recipient of many honours along the way, including four life memberships.
It begins in Kyneton 59 years ago when he was born, though he spent the early part of his life at the Broadmeadows adoption centre.
From there he was adopted by Owen and Pauline Nash, dairy farmers at Milltown who also operated the post office and telephone exchange there.
Educated at Heywood primary and secondary schools, he left after Year 11.
In March 1977, he landed his first job with the company he would stay with for the rest of his career.
It was as a batcher at Pioneer’s Portland plant, and the connection was through the coach of his Heywood junior cricket team, who lived with a plant worker.
After two or three years at Portland he moved back to Heywood.
“The Victoria-South Australia transmission line was going through and we needed to build a plant at Heywood because there was 8000 cubic metres of concrete needed,” Mr Nash said.