Friday, 29th April, 2011
Prominent business owner Kevin Taylor has joined the board of the Broken Hill Community Foundation (BHCF).
The foundation's chairman Vince Gauci said he and the rest of voluntary board members were "absolutely delighted" Mr Taylor had agreed to join them.
"Kevin has shown his passion and concern for the sustainability of Broken Hill through his involvement on a number of local organisations and also through the donations his business has made to us and to other worthy causes," Mr Gauci said.
"His drive and enthusiasm will be a huge boost for us during what is about to be an intense period of activity for the Foundation."
Mr Gauci said Mr Taylor would bring demonstrated business acumen, regional development knowledge and strong personal networks to the board.
"Kevin is heavily involved in Rotary and has been Chairman of Agfair for the past 12 years. He was also Chair of the Outback Development Foundation and sits on the Broken Hill Event Centre board," Mr Gauci said.
"There is no doubt he is passionate about Broken Hill and believes in 'putting back' into the community."
Born in Broken Hill and educated at Burke Ward and Broken Hill High, Mr Taylor completed an electrical apprenticeship at the Zinc Corporation before working for an electrical contractor and then starting his own air conditioning and electrical contracting business in 1975.
He purchased Shannon Electrics from Harry Shannon in 1985. The business has grown from a humble base of one part-time employee, to 17 staff across Broken Hill and Victor Harbor.
The business also established the local Telstra Licensed Store in 2005, with Mr Taylor's wife Judy only selling the store earlier this year.
Kevin and Judy Taylor demonstrated their support of the Foundation's objectives late last year with a commitment from Shannon Electrics of $25,000 over five years, becoming the city's second Gold Broken Hill Business Friend of the Foundation.
Existing BHCF voluntary Directors include Chair Vince Gauci (based in Brisbane), Noel Hicks (Griffith) and Chris Ellis (Adelaide); together with Bill McLeod, Paul
Edwards, Guy Chick, Karren Howe and Mayor Wincen Cuy in Broken Hill.
The Foundation lost one of its members recently with the passing of Bill O'Neil.