Long serving Gwydir Shire staff recognised

July 12, 2015

The Gwydir Shire Council made a service awards presentation recently to recognise the hard work and dedication by employees over a number of years.

Staff members were acknowledged for long service awards during the lunch break of the June Ordinary Council meeting held Thursday, June 25.

Gwydir Shire Council Staff
Michael Ford, Keith Bussell, Shane Turner, Geoff Hague, Joel Daley, Lenore Kennedy, Erin Hall, Les Turvey, Lara Mitchell, Kellie Gill, Carmen Southwell and Tim Greensill.

For an outstanding 40 years of service, a special address was made to recognise Geoff Hague’s years of work.

The following was read by Mayor John Coulton:
“Geoffrey Raymond Hague commenced his employment with Yallaroi Shire Council on 26th May 1975 as an Assistant Gardener.

In January 1980, due to an organisational review and Geoff’s ‘apparent aptitude’ for Grader operation he was reclassified and promoted to the position of Operator – Grade A, where he would earn $130.70 per week.

In 1988 Geoff’s supervisory skills were officially recognised and he was offered the position of Works Foreman and was responsible for the supervision of construction crews and operating the Grader. He remained in this position for 17 years.

In May 2005 the position of Works Supervisor was vacated by David Coulton and Geoff’s application for the position was successful. He continues to carry out the duties of Works Supervisor overseeing Council’s road construction and maintenance staff.”

A number of staff were also recognised at the meeting, for reaching a variety of employment milestones.

  • 25 Years Service: Michael Ford.
  • 20 Years Service: Joel Daley, Jeff Hall, Shane Turner and Tom Porter.
  • 15 Years Service: Les Turvey.
  • 10 Years Service: Keith Bussell, Tim Greensill, Lara Mitchell, Erin Hall, Carmen Southwell, Kellie Gill, Lenore Kennedy and Michele Bowrey.