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After leaving school at 15 and completing a sheet metal and welding apprenticeship, Barry became workshop manager at a sheet metal company. After two years he was seconded to work for a zinc refinery, where he held various positions.
In 1975, Barry successfully applied for a job at the Commonwealth Government’s Health Insurance Commission, where he started as a Stores Supervisor, became Micro Graphics Supervisor and trained all government insurance employees on how to use equipment and archive materials.
Barry worked in the finance section dealing with payroll, chemist payments and other creditors and debtors. He also completed computer training.
In 1980, Barry started his own water tank business, which has diversified into property development, toys & hobbies and cattle breeding.
Barry founded the Sorell Business Council, was an active member on the local council and was Chair of the Sorell School Association for many years. He was also Deputy Chair of the Glenorchy Business Council until it amalgamated with Moonah Business Council.
Barry served as a Board Member and Director of Freemasons Homes for more than 20 years and was Director and Chair of South East Community Care. He enjoys being a Justice of the Peace and is active with the Hobart International Airport Community Aviation Consulting Group.