No place like Warwick . . .
THE Warwick area has been home to Doug Cutmore since day one and he can see no reason to live anywhere else.
Born in Warwick, Mr Cutmore grew up on the family farm, firstly at Swanfels until 1949 when the family moved to Swan Creek.
"Those early days were a lot of hard work,” Mr Cutmore said.
"We had 80 cows to milk, morning and night, all by hand.”
In the early 1951 Mr Cutmore took off to agricultural college in Gatton and in 1953 returned to Warwick to work on the farm again.
"That was the year of a massive drought,” he said.
"It was a very tough year, we didn't do very well at all.
"No one had any feed, everyone was in the same boat.
"I don't know how many cattle we lost that year.”
Following this disappointment, Mr Cutmore found work in Warwick at Shelley's Motors in the parts department, a position he held for nearly 30 years.
Then 1957 he bought the block in Locke St, where his current house now stands.
"I paid 80 pounds for the block, a quarter acre, which seemed like a lot to me at the time,” he said.
"I lived in a shed for a while, because it took a while to get the money together to build a house.
"The area around me was a huge paddock of box thorn and there was vineyard taking up the block between Tooth and Douglas Sts.
"Now there's not a spare block in sight.”
Mr Cutmore said in the early 1980s he looked around for a change of career.
"I saw an ad for meter readers doing a nine-day fortnight, and I thought 'you beauty!',” he said.
"Then in the mid-80s I was pooled into a committee to fight against a house renumbering system for the town's streets and we won.
"From there I was asked to run for council and got in.
"I certainly had no designs on being a councillor at all, it just happened like that.”
For the next nine years, Mr Cutmore was a Warwick City Council alderman before a tilt at the mayorship in 1994, which he lost.
He ran for council again in 1997 and was re-elected and served until 2008.
"There's been a hell of a lot of change between then and now though,” Mr Cutmore said.
"Warwick has a bright future if everyone works together.
"I think there's far too much back-biting in general these days and you'll never get anywhere like that.
"Everyone has to put their shoulder in the wheel.”
Now at 80 years of age Mr Cutmore still holds a position on both the Akooramak and Warwick Friendly Society Pharmacies boards.