The TARGA family are deeply saddened by the passing of our 15-year official, Michael Collinson.
Michael assisted on TARGA stages for several years with his wife Judi, before becoming a foundation member of the first Mobile Stage Team in 2008.
His professional expertise was deeply respected in Stage Team Newcombe at Tasmanian and High-Country events for eight years, as were his many suggestions for improving systems and manuals.
As a former Senior Marine Communications Lecturer at AMC Launceston and Communications Officer for both the Australian Antarctic Division and Australian Marine Safety Authority, Michael made an exceptional tracker, pivotal in teaching many newcomers correct radio procedure and the importance of adhering to communications protocols.
Michael also completed the TARGA Tour with Bob Hallett and competed with Bruce Smee in Regularity, and following his retirement from Stage Teams, continued as a Daily Official for the past six years.
Above all else, Michael was a stickler for rules who had a wicked sense of humour, knew how to have a great time and was an incredible team player.
He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Michael, we salute you and send our sincerest condolences to Judi and family – Rest in Peace.