Engineered out, but it was in pipeline
By NERIDA BLOK
BILL MOOREHOUSE is a casualty of organisational change.
The former Lismore City Council engineer finished up work on August 12 after 18 years of service.
His departure follows council's recent senior management restructure, trimming its top-tier personnel from five positions to three.
"It's good and bad," said Mr Moorehouse. "I always planned to retire somewhere in this time period."
Mr Moorehouse, 56, said he knew his removal had been coming for a while, but 'they could have done it better'.
"The bottom line is, the general manager wanted to be seen to get some change," he said. "Now they have done it ? they have change ? we'll see what happens."
But Mr Moorehouse, who had 130 staff reporting to him, said he couldn't complain.
"I've put off hundreds of people in my time. I've got to expect my turn," he said.
He wished his successors ? new executive directors Lindsay Walker and Garry Hemsworth ? well, but offered some friendly advice.
"Keep their heads down," he laughed.
Mr Moorehouse moved from Mudgee to Lismore in 1987 to become the council's city engineer.
He said the thing that struck him when he moved here was how unloved the town looked.
"It was like an old house that was a bit rundown," he said.
"It needed some love, care and attention.
"My push was to make it look like someone cared.
"I think we've made the place look a lot better.
"Look at the streetscapes in Magellan and Molesworth streets, the roundabout and, god forbid, the flood levee.
"That doesn't mean it doesn't need improving."
Edged into early retirement, Mr Moorehouse said he had no plans to start relaxing just yet.
"I've already had some job offers locally," he said.
"And I'm looking at going overseas to work with Red R (an engineering group that goes overseas to help rebuild infrastructure in places such as Aceh and Sudan)."