Trevor Clark, A true local legend

Trevor Clark holding his Tasmanian Volunteering Award
Trevor Clark holding his Tasmanian Volunteering Award
Trevor Clark, a legend in the Tamar Valley (PHOTO: Supplied)

The term legend gets thrown around quite often these days, a footballer plays in a premiership team and is automatically awarded ‘legend’ status! But as far as local legends go Trevor Clark of Exeter would surely fit that description! 

Trevor was born just up the road in Beaconsfield in a time when locals didn’t have to travel into Launceston to birth a baby. Trevor has lived in Exeter ever since. 

Ever passionate about the town he loves, Trev said ‘the town is a one stop shop for anything you want. Two fantastic local supermarkets, a post office, some good restaurants, cafes, an excellent hardware store and many other great local businesses.’  

A keen and passionate sportsman, Trev played for Exeter Football Club for over 20 years, making his debut for the senior team aged just 15, he played about 600 games for the club and played in 3 senior premierships before serving on the committee until they sadly folded in 1992. 

Trevor continued to stay involved in local football, participating in a variety of roles at nearby Bridgenorth Football Club for 9 years. He also volunteered his services to Exeter Cricket Club, Exeter Mini League and Launceston Junior Football Club. Meanwhile wife Sue, who Trevor married at St Matthias Anglican Church in Windemere in 1976, is still heavily involved at Exeter Golf Club where she has served in a variety of roles and is the present club captain. 

Trevor served at Gravelly Beach fire brigade from 1983 until 2020 and was leading firefighter between 2000-2002. Trevor is the proud President of Exeter Show Society, a position he has held for the past 21 years, having originally joined the committee aged 18. 

‘2023 is going to be a huge year for the show society,’ said Trevor, ‘the old building is going to be completely demolished and replaced by a brand-new state of the art building. This is a Federally approved project with a sizeable contribution from the State Government that is 4.5 years in the making.’ 

‘The design and build tender have been submitted and approved, the project has been costed and then re-costed and is ready to go, the last remaining obstacles are with Tas Water.’ 

‘Between the newly renovated community hub on Murray Street and the new Exeter showgrounds the region will have two outstanding facilities to call on for community events or in the event of any flood or fire disaster.’ Said Trevor. 

In 2015 Trevor was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the community. 

An Exeter man first and foremost! Trevor is extremely passionate about the region as a whole, when asked about the changes he’s seen over a number of decades he said ‘we’ve seen continual upgrades with the Highways been improved, we’ve seen more and more vineyards go in as there is near perfect climate here. The big hitters such as Brown Brothers and others invest heavily in the Tamar region for the quality of the grapes here and that can only be good for the local economy.’ 

‘Once upon a time we had apple orchards everywhere, from the banks of the Tamar River out as far as Frankford, vineyards have now replaced apple orchards as the main industry in the region and there are cherry orchards in Rowella and Legana.’ 

Trevor knows a fair bit about local farming, his first job straight out of school was in the apple industry with T.O.P where he worked a variety of roles for a period of around 7 years. 

‘The area is going to keep booming,’ added Trevor, ‘with more and more subdivisions in Legana, which is a fantastic spot for any young family to settle with the extensions to the shopping centre and new school going in.’ 

Trevor also considers himself an ‘honorary Lion’ having worked with them on a number of community-based projects over the years, including volunteering at the popular Exeter markets. 

If it’s happening in Exeter or the entire Tamar Valley for that matter, you can bet that Trevor is across it! His contribution to the region is immense, with no signs of slowing down yet! Trevor and wife Sue continue to run a 19-hectare beef enterprise just out of town. 

Thanks for your contribution to the region Trevor, those countless hours you and Sue have poured into local community have not gone unnoticed. Here’s to many great years ahead still! 

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