Chances are you have crossed paths with Joan


HEATH­COTE’S Joan Un­der­hill was re­cently recog­nised by the City of Greater Bendigo for her in­cred­i­ble work as a cross­ing su­per­vi­sor over the past 25 years.

Joan sus­pects it may even be longer than that too, but it’s hard to be sure.

“I first started when it was the McIvor Coun­cil, and then it switched over to Bendigo so I don’t know if some got lost in there,” she said.

Joan has al­ways worked on the same cross­ing, get­ting to know the lo­cals as they pass by ev­ery day.

“I have seen kids from when they are in pri­mary school, to high school, to when they are walk­ing their own kids across the road,” she said.

“It is re­ally nice to make some sort of bond with the lo­cal chil­dren.”

Joan said she al­most al­ways en­joys her job, ex­cept for when the heav­ens to de­cide to open.

“When it’s rain­ing, it’s not all that fun,” she laughed.

Joan has also guided some pedes­tri­ans across the road.

‘‘I crossed a cow once, it was a pet cow,’’ she said.

She has also watched a kan­ga­roo use the cross­ing.

‘‘The kan­ga­roo ac­tu­ally stopped at the cross­ing; he stopped and he jay-hopped.’’

Joan said she felt a mix­ture of emo­tions when she re­ceived the let­ter.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it had been 25 years, but it also makes you proud to be recog­nised for your work.”

The 74-year-old said it’s un­likely she will be at the cross­ing for an­other 25 years, with re­tire­ment loom­ing in the dis­tance. un­usual

Cross­ing su­per­vi­sor Joan Un­der­hill with her long ser­vice award.

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