Alan marks 45 years with the shire

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

Ber­ri­gan’s Alan Lawrence yes­ter­day marked a sig­nif­i­cant ca­reer mile­stone, cel­e­brat­ing 45 years since he started work with Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil.

Mr Lawrence still re­calls start­ing work as a labourer at 7.30am on Fe­bru­ary 13, 1973.

‘‘I can re­mem­ber it like yes­ter­day,’’ he said.

‘‘My first job was to put in the wa­ter ser­vice for the Catholic church.’’

Mr Lawrence has also been known to work as a truck driver, front loader and road grader op­er­a­tor and plant op­er­a­tor in the more than four decades since, with his cur­rent po­si­tions see­ing him be­hind the wheel of a tip truck.

Mr Lawrence is based from the shire’s Ber­ri­gan de­pot, and says he has en­joyed his time work­ing at the Ber­ri­gan Shire.

‘‘The shire has al­ways been good to me and I’ve al­ways worked with a great bunch of blokes.

‘‘There’s great ca­ma­raderie that will back you up, not just in my field of work but through­out the en­tire or­gan­i­sa­tion.’’

Ac­knowl­edg­ing Mr Lawrence’s long ser­vice to the shire, Ber­ri­gan Shire gen­eral man­ager Rowan Perkins con­grat­u­lated Mr Lawrence on his 45 years.

‘‘It’s very good to have em­ploy­ees that are com­mit­ted to work­ing with the shire,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a lot of longer term em­ploy­ees, but Alan is our long­est serv­ing.

‘‘Alan is very pop­u­lar with the staff and a great em­ployee with the shire.’’

While con­tent to let the mile­stone pass with­out too much fuss, Mr Lawrence and his wife Jude did cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary with some close friends at their Ber­ri­gan home this week.

ABOVE: Alan Lawrence on the job with Ber­ri­gan Shire in 1973; RIGHT: Mr Lawrence to­day works mainly as a tip truck op­er­a­tor from the shire’s Ber­ri­gan de­pot.

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