Popular director retires

August 02, 2017

The man who ‘‘changed the face of Jerilderie’’ has retired from local government.

Murrumbidgee Council’s director of technical services David Tamlyn (pictured) finished up with the council late last month after 48 years in local government.

The council confirmed Mr Tamlyn had accepted a redundancy offered by council as part of the restructure following the merger of Jerilderie Shire and Murrumbidgee Shire councils.

Originally with Jerilderie Shire, long time colleague and Murrumbidgee Council general manager Craig Moffitt said Mr Tamlyn would be missed.

‘‘David decided it was time to hang up his boots, as it were, after almost 49 years in local government,’’ he said.

‘‘He was the cornerstone of the engineering side of council, and of the organisation as a whole.’’

Mr Moffitt said Mr Tamlyn had overseen a number of important local projects during his time with the council.

‘‘In the early days David was personally involved in the construction of the Jerilderie lake.

‘‘Council partnered with the community for the project, with a lot of the machinery coming from local farms.

‘‘David was also instrumental in the Jerilderie streetscape projects which took place over a period of 10 years.

‘‘He was involved in the concept, design and construction — he changed the face of Jerilderie.

‘‘One of David’s other strengths was the relationship he had with Roads and Maritime Services, and we worked on many road projects on their behalf.’’

Mr Moffitt said Mr Tamlyn’s commitment to his position and his community also allowed the former Jerilderie Council to expand its works program, which resulted in the ability to modernise its equipment.

‘‘David managed all the on-farm works being conducted by council staff over the last decade.

‘‘He was the driving force in council working with irrigators and irrigation companies to do that on-farm planning work by contract.

‘‘Our contracting work was one of the council’s strong points, and it gave us the ability to improve our machinery and other equipment because we had that work to complete — David managed all of that.’’

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