GORDON Donald, founder and owner of security businesses Aardvark and Combined Area Response Services, has passed away peacefully in Bangalow. 

Donald ran a security business that integrated alarm monitoring and security patrol services in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in the Combined Area Response Service, which employed BMW motorcycles for rapid response on congested city streets. 

“At the time Aardvark and CARS was one of the largest privately-owned manpower security and patrol companies in Australia,” said son, Heath. “Pocket money growing up in a security manpower business was earned washing what seemed like an endless stream of security patrol cars and motorcycles.” 


A CARS rapid response parol officer graced the cover of Security Australia Magazine in April 1989

Donald was a staunch supporter and board member of ASIAL, and particularly active in administering the annual golf day fund raiser, at the time the best attended security industry event outside of the then ASIAL Exhibition and Conference.

ASIAL golf days included auctions which raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Starlight Children's Foundation each year. Reflecting a generous streak in his nature, the highest bidder for many items was often Donald himself.  

“ASIAL is saddened to hear of the recent passing of Gordon Donald,” said ASIAL general manager, John Fleming. “Gordon served on the ASIAL Board during the 1990s and was a strong supporter of the Association’s annual golf day. Our thoughts are with Gordon’s family," 

Donald is sorely missed by his sons Brock and Heath, and grandson, Rocky. ♦