Shaun and Emma make Bourke home

Shaun and Emma Megahey enjoying the move to Bourke. Photo Noel Fisher

Shaun and Emma Megahey and their young son have made their way to Bourke and have set up home in the town.

They have been here for a couple of months now and are already exploring the region.

Emma is one of Bourke’s new police officers and Shaun is taking a couple of months off, enjoying being a house dad. Since arriving in Bourke, Shaun has been swatting off the job offers.

A former naval aircraft technician working on helicopters, Shaun served in Afghanistan in 2002.

After finishing a thirteen-year career in the Royal Australian Navy he then spent time working on Royal Australian Airforce jets BAE at the Williamstown airbase facility on the northern outskirts of Newcastle.

Shaun has received many job offers in Bourke, including as a gymnastics coach.

“I just want at least six months off to spend quality time with my 3-year-old son,” Shaun said.

Emma has spent all her policing career, over fifteen years, in Newcastle, so a posting to the bush is a new experience for her.

She is a native Novocastrian growing up in the Lake Macquarie area, and she spent time at University in Armidale before deciding on a policing career.

Stationed at the Newcastle Police Centre Emma had always wanted an assignment in country policing.

“We decided that although other times in life haven’t been suitable for such a move, that now was a good time to take up that opportunity,” Emma said.

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