Mark Dancey

Mark Dancey's story highlights what people can achieve in life with a bit of hard work, commitment and dedication.

Mark and his wife were born in Barcaldine.

His father is a Kooma man of the Dirranbandi area and his mother is a Bidjara woman from around Barcaldine.

Mark and his wife have been in a relationship for 18 years and been married for eight.

They have three children: one son is in the army, the other is a ringer working for AA in the Northern Territory and their young daughter still lives at home.

Mark, a third-generation shearer, left school at the age of 16. For the next 23 years he
worked in the shearing industry.

During this time he worked in every state in Australia.

In the shearing sheds staff were only paid for the work completed. When the shearing
work slowed Mark did pastoral work, labouring or anything else that was available.

Mark then moved into the mining industry after gaining employment at Cobar, NSW. He stayed there for six months.

For the next 20 years Mark worked in various positions around the country before returning to Barcaldine where he secured a position as an economic development officer for the Central West Aboriginal Corporation.

Mark ran as a councillor's position and was elected onto the ATSIC board. In this role, he influenced substantial funding to protect Aboriginal sites out in the west.

Mark implemented the first CDEP programs in Barcaldine, Longreach and Winton. This feat resulted in great outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Mark then moved on to become a Ranger with Parks and Wildlife.

A few years ago, an opportunity arose for Mark and his wife to buy the Barcaldine Post Office, where they have been ever since.

Mark wants to leave a legacy for his children so it brings them up to the next level in life.

DESCRIPTION: Photography by Peter Waddington.