AN ERA of history has ended with the retirement of Loyd Troughton from Ballina Shire Council last Friday.
The 64-year-old is the last council staff member who was an employee of the former Ballina Municipal Council. Ballina Municipal Council amalgamated with Tintenbar Shire Council in 1977 to form Ballina Shire Council.
Loyd started work with the Ballina municipality in January 1967 and clocked up just shy of 47 years - well, 46 years, seven months and one week to be exact - on the job.
His last role was driving a backhoe in the civil works department.
But he started work in the parks and gardens area before moving to the water section in 1972 then on to the civil services section in 1985.
And, in a world in which workplace health and safety is so prominent, he remembers a time when council allowed staff to borrow equipment for use on the weekends.
Loyd volunteered himself and the council backhoe in the late 1980s to help raise the level of Saunders Oval to prevent flooding of the soccer and cricket fields.
Loyd said he would miss his workmates after retiring.
"I've made some good workmates while I've been here."
Loyd said he stayed with the council for so long simply because he "liked the work".
Now he is retired, he plans to do some travelling and spend time visiting family.
The council's general manager, Paul Hickey, said Loyd would be missed, not just because of his experience.
"No one has a bad word (about Loyd)," he said. "He did a good job for council."
One of the council's engineers, Paul Busmanis, said there was now a new demographic description in the council.
Anyone born before January 1967 when Loyd started work can be described as a "pre-Loyd-er", as many of Loyd's workmates were born after his first day on the job.