Ballina celebrates centuries of council experience
MORE than two centuries of experience exists between these seven Ballina Shire Council employees.
Each received special recognition for their more than 35 years of employment with the Ballina Council yesterday.
New log inspector Jon Mostyn has been without Ballina Shire Council for 38 years.
"I've worked in just about every department within council," he said.
"When the water metres were first introduced, we did that for a number of years, we did a lot of curb and guttering around the town."
Graeme Izzard started working as a pipe layer when he was 23 years old, and spent two decades as a grate operator before moving onto other machinery.
Mr Izzard said job security, superannuation and a great team of co-workers probably contributed to his lengthy stint with council.
Ballina Council General Manager Paul Hickey praised the work of the long-serving council employees.
"They know the shire very well," he said.
"They know how to repair things quickly, look after things, look at the overall condition of the infrastructure in the shire and they do a great job and have for many many decades.
"We hear a lot about staff having to move jobs regularly but a lot of people at Ballina Shire stay for a long time so we like to think that reflects on the organisation and the community in which they live."
"It's a testament to them how good our infrastructure is compared to a number of other similar sized councils."
Mr Hickey said staff received awards for every ten years of service and every additional five years after 30 years.
Ballina Council Mayor David Wright said it was clear each employee took pride in their work.
"They do a lot of our cleaning and beautification, so it's a credit to them that the public like it (the town) so much," he said.