Secretary manager of Wingham Memorial Services Club is moving on to Taree Aquatic Club

After 26 years with the Wingham Memorial Services Club, 17 of them as the club's manager, Barry Murray is moving on to new challenges.

Wednesday, May 22 is his last day of employment at the club. On Monday he starts work as the new manager at Taree Aquatic Club.

"I think it was time," Barry said. "This is an opportunity that is probably good for both myself and the Club, to get a new person in with new ideas. It's a new challenge and a different scenario. The Aquatic Club has got a few plans about where they want to go in the future and that's attracting me as well."

He's seen a lot of changes through the years, some of them positive and some of them highly challenging.

"This is an opportunity that is probably good for both myself and the club, to get a new person in with new ideas."

Barry Murray

Highlights for Barry are what he calls the "subtle" improvements he has made to the club - the front balcony that was erected when smoking laws came in to effect in 2007, and internal renovations over time.

He's also proud of "the support we've been able to give the community over the years since I've been here. It seems to grow each year."

The challenges have mostly been the introduction of new laws and regulations - GST, random breath testing, no smoking, and more recently having to introduce programs for handling money laundering and counter terrorism financing.

I'd like to thank the community who welcomed me here in the first place.

Barry Murray

Barry says he has loved working in Wingham.

"I'll miss the staff. A lot of them they've been here, I've seen them have kids, I've seen the kids now become young adults. And I'll miss the people and the area - it's a friendly outlook.

"I'd like to thank the community who welcomed me here in the first place. Also for the ride, there's been some ups and downs but the ups certainly outweigh the downs.

"I wish the Club all the best."