Kyabram Free Press

Life of service

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The Berrigan Shire Council recently toasted one of its workers, Alan Lawrence — and so it should have.

He has just retired after 48 years’ service to the shire.

He joined the shire as a 17-year-old in 1973 as a general labourer and progressed to tractor driver, slashing roads and also maintainin­g the Tocumwal aerodrome.

He also fitted in serving as a shire ranger, describing removing dogs from the Tocumwal Market as a nightmare because of angry owners.

But his willingnes­s to always do a bit extra for the shire outside his working hours made him popular with both councillor­s and (most) ratepayers.

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