Cockshell David

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Date of birth 1953

David Cockshell was recently awarded 'The Service Above Self Award' at a Rotary Club of Gawler Light presentation.

<Bunyip Newspaper Wednesday 8 July 2020> excellent article by Bunyip.

Born – Freeling South Australia, 1953 - Parents Cyril and Dympna Cockshell - Siblings – Mary Cockshell, Elaine Phillips and Ray Cockshell

•Residences: •1956-1967 – Gawler East - (now Cockshell Estate) •1967-1974 – Willaston •1975-76 – Windarra Western Australia •1976 – 85 – Adelaide Metro •1986 – present – Gawler East

•Education •Good Samaritan Primary – 1959-1965 •Gawler High – 1966-1970 •Adelaide University – 1971-1974 •B.Sc. Graduated in Geology/Geophysics •Honours Geophysics

•Local Sports/Interests (1963 – 76) •Tennis (St Josephs, Willaston) •Football (Gawler South, Willaston) •Gawler Town Band

•Employment •1974 - Contract Wellsite Geologist - Arckaringa (Coober Pedy) Coal •1975/6 - Grade Control Officer/Mine Geologist - Windarra South Nickel Mine •1976/7 - Contract Well Log Geophysicist- SA Dept Mines •1977-1990 - Senior Geophysicist - SA Dept Mines and Energy - undertook lots of geophysical surveys throughout SA. Used a wide variety of geophysical techniques for petroleum, mineral and water exploration, cavity detection and site surveys for civil constructions, aquifer pollution and shipwreck detection •1990 – 2018 - Chief Petroleum Geophysicist/ Director Geophysical Operations - Mines and Energy SA/ PIRSA - responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the industry, particularly setting and meeting environmental and technical standards. Working with the industry led to development of nationally recognised leading practice and an internationally regarded system of geophysical data management to attract investment. •Since 1998, more involved with land and marine access issues for the resources sector. Many of the concepts that I developed in the area now used as standard approaches to protected area management, both onshore and offshore. In 2018, I retired from the Department after 41 years of service.

•Professional Societies •Current member of Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG), National Treasurer 2008 – 2011) •Past member of: •Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia - Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand

Domestically, married in 1981, had a daughter, Michaelia (Minky), in 1982 and divorced in 1984. Subsequently I married Michelle in 1989 and had another daughter, Loren, in 1993. In 1984, I started building my own home in Gawler East, on a large house block that originally was part of my father’s dairy farm. In 1988, I moved in and am still there.

•Local Interests (1988 - current) •Member of Rotary Club of Gawler Light since 2001, (President 2005/6) •Relay for Life Organising Committee •Sing Australia

Through the Rotary Club I have done many service projects locally, regionally and internationally. For the past 10 years, I have been the Chair of a major Rotary program in South Australia called Donations in Kind, which gets a lot of donated equipment to needy communities overseas. Our team managed all surplus equipment from the old Royal Adelaide Hospital as it moved to the new hospital. This was a massive logistical exercise which remains the largest single Rotary project ever undertaken in South Australia. I am pleased to have had a major role in this project. I followed up two of these projects to see the goods distributed – Fiji in July 2018 and Nepal in January 2019.

Awarded Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award in 2019, largely in light of the Royal Adelaide Hospital project. In 2020, our Donations in Kind team managed all surplus equipment from Calvary as it moved into new Calvary Adelaide Hospital. Subsequently, a lot of this equipment was utilised by SA Health in furnishing COVID19 contingency hospitals in South Australia.

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