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.