It is with deep regret that I write of the passing of fellow valuer and study group member, Tim Needs.
As some of you may be aware, I worked with Tim for nearly five years before joining Taylor Byrne and in that time he instilled in me his extensive knowledge of the Macleay Valley and his love for valuation. In an era where we tend to work to live, I think I can be safe in saying that Tim definitely did the opposite. He is one of only a few that I knew who thoroughly enjoyed what he did, with a strong passion for the industry we are in.
Tim was instrumental in my training to be a valuer and was very vocal in bringing more students and graduates into the profession. I can definitely say that I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for Tim’s perseverance with me to start studying.
Tim followed in his father's and grandfather’s footsteps in real estate and valuation and was a wealth of knowledge in regards to the Macleay Valley and property in general. Outside of valuation, Tim was a well-known sporting identity around the Macleay district, serving as president of the South West Rocks Cricket Club for many years and was the stalwart behind the advancement of the SWR Sporting Fields.
He enjoyed taking his motorbike out, spending time on his ‘land’ at Arakoon, talking politics and watching the cricket. Tim had only just returned from a sabbatical to the United States where he rode a motorbike across the country with a group of mates.
I am sure you are all with me in saying that not only have we lost a great valuer, but also a great bloke.
Tim is survived by his wife Karen and two sons Ryan and Heath.
Amy Frankel is a cadet valuer at Taylor Byrne (Port Macquarie).