Berrigan’s Alan Lawrence yesterday marked a significant career milestone, celebrating 45 years since he started work with Berrigan Shire Council.
Mr Lawrence still recalls starting work as a labourer at 7.30am on February 13, 1973.
‘‘I can remember it like yesterday,’’ he said.
‘‘My first job was to put in the water service for the Catholic church.’’
Mr Lawrence has also been known to work as a truck driver, front loader and road grader operator and plant operator in the more than four decades since, with his current positions seeing him behind the wheel of a tip truck.
Mr Lawrence is based from the shire’s Berrigan depot, and says he has enjoyed his time working at the Berrigan Shire.
‘‘The shire has always been good to me and I’ve always worked with a great bunch of blokes.
‘‘There’s great camaraderie that will back you up, not just in my field of work but throughout the entire organisation.’’
Acknowledging Mr Lawrence’s long service to the shire, Berrigan Shire general manager Rowan Perkins congratulated Mr Lawrence on his 45 years.
‘‘It’s very good to have employees that are committed to working with the shire,’’ he said.
‘‘We have a lot of longer term employees, but Alan is our longest serving.
‘‘Alan is very popular with the staff and a great employee with the shire.’’
While content to let the milestone pass without too much fuss, Mr Lawrence and his wife Jude did celebrate the anniversary with some close friends at their Berrigan home this week.