Tat’s a legen-dairy run
THERE’S NO BUTTER PLACE TO WORK, AS GARRY FAREWELLS TATURA MILK AFTER 40 YEARS AT THE FACTORY
After 40 years at Tatura Milk, Garry Alexander has finally hung up his spatula.
Mr Alexander’s first day at the dairy manufacturer was August 17, 1981 in the butter room.
Over the years, he’s dipped in and out of roles, and worked a range of shift times, including the dreaded graveyard shift.
Often working six days a week during his time at Tatura Milk, he had recently dropped to three days a week, before finishing up altogether.
“I decided on the 40th anniversary just to retire, or hang up the spatula,” he said.
With plans to take over the management of Mooroopna discount store Dollar Yen, which his wife currently runs, Mr Alexander has been getting stuck into some gardening to pass the time in retirement.
“Because of lockdown, I’ve been sort of snowed under and stuck at home doing gardening things,” he said.
COVID-19 restrictions have also impacted Mr Alexander’s travel plans.
“I’ve been to most parts of Australia already, but I’d like to go back to Adelaide and the Northern Territory, and probably have a look at Perth, which I’ve never been to,” he said.
“But I would like to go travelling overseas eventually.
“My ancestors came from a little tiny town outside of
Glasgow, Scotland, so I’d like to go have a look at it.”
Mr Alexander’s also waiting on a retirement celebration that was cancelled due the lockdown, but he did receive a trophy as thanks for his time at Tatura Milk.
“They are planning one shortly, once we know when hotels and that can reopen,” he said.