Tasmania's Clyde Eastaugh has won the prestigious SF Whittington Award.
Mr Eastaugh is only the third person from Tasmania to receive the award and said he is thrilled to be recognised by his peers.
The previous Tasmanian recipients were Greg McNamara and Ray Westwood LFAPI, who attended the presentation. Westwood was previously presented with his award by Mr Eastaugh.
Mr Eastaugh said he was still waiting for the news of the award to “sink in” and that he was humbled by the recognition.
“I’m tickled pink. I’m so honoured to be recognised in this way,” he said.
Mr Eastaugh was admitted to the Australian Property Institute as an Associate Member in 1966, a Fellow in 1983 and a Life Member of the Institute in 2006.
Mr Westwood said he was pleased to see his peer receive such high professional recognition. He described him as an outstanding ambassador for the Institute.
“Clyde has represented the API in many ways with dignity and considerable expertise for many years. His contribution as National President was outstanding, and in more recent times he has been instrumental in developing and implementing the API Future Professionals Program [FPP],” Mr Westwood said.
Mr Eastaugh was employed in 1961 by the State Treasury's Valuation Branch, where he worked for 13 years. During that time he was involved in a wide range of government and local government valuation services. This breadth of experience led to him being appointed district valuer at Devonport.
In 1974, he took the step of undertaking his own practice in Devonport as managing director of Day and Eastaugh Pty Ltd. The business thrived and he picked up a graduate diploma in Urban and Regional Planning. This dual role in valuation and planning soon spread to the development aspects of both professions.
From 1986 to 1991, Mr Eastaugh was general manager of Webster Property Services where he specialised in real estate agency activities, plant and equipment valuation and disposals, corporate asset management and property development throughout the state.
The lure of his own practice re-emerged in 1991 when he established Eastaugh and Associates, which still exists in various entities to this day.
His expertise in a wide range of corporate activities has been recognised by a multitude of board appointments across many areas of business, including the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal, and Healthscope Limited, where he managed the day-to-day operations for 18 months.
Mr Eastaugh’s strong interest in the Institute led to a term as President of the Tasmanian Division, followed by an appointment to National Council. He has represented Tasmania in that capacity for 17 years and was considered outstanding in his capacity as Chairman of the National Education Board (NEB), which has seen many changes occur in education in the property professions in recent years.
Mr Westwood said that Mr Eastaugh helped increase the Institute’s standing worldwide during his term as API International Committee.
“His greatest impact, however, came about during his term as National President in 2004-05 when the Institute was dealing with a variety of contentious issues. Clyde’s term was notable for his firm but stabilising contribution in many areas of the Institute’s activities.”