145-years of resilience and determination

IT’S a milestone achievement for four long-term staff members at the Glenorchy City Council as they celebrate 145-years of combined service.

In honour of their dedication, Rodney Cragg, Tim Horton, Greg Marsh and June King were officially recognised at a “Years of Service” ceremony in December.

Mr Cragg, who works as a tractor driver, has been with the council for 40-years, with the other three employees celebrating 35-years’ service.

Former Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith said the longest employee record was 43-and-a-half-years.

“It is extraordinary to see all these years of service for staff members and it shows incredible loyalty and passion for the organisation,” she said.

“These valued employees have great historical knowledge of Council and have seen many changes through the years here such as technological advancements, management styles, corporate process and much more.

“Today, people move around regularly in their jobs, whether they stay in Tasmania or move on to larger cities or overseas.

“It’s not a bad thing, but it means local government can face some quite difficult challenges with consistency in knowledge in certain areas and also that of an aging workplace, as the younger ones will tend to move on.

“We need to show these long-term employees how valued they are and how much the organisation appreciates their service.

“All four have shown resilience and determination over their careers and must be applauded.”

Mr Cragg has had a variety of roles within Glenorchy City Council during his 40-years.

He said he started out doing maintenance tasks like cleaning up work areas and scrubbing machinery brushes.

“One of the major differences is that I now drive a tractor with air conditioning instead of walking behind the mower,” he said.

“There is also a lot more health and safety now, which means lots more paperwork.

“There was no such thing back in the early days when I started, but all organisations have had to address that.”

Tim Horton, from the Coordinators Works Centre, said he started with Council at the age of 16-years as a labourer in the stormwater and sewer gang.

“Council has provided a lot of training for me and all the qualifications that I now hold, I’ve gained since I started here,” he said.

“I’d encourage young people to consider what you can do to develop in a role and workplace, as when you stay in one workplace, you can see the finish of things you started.

“Money can’t buy the knowledge that long-term employees have.”

June King said she started her working life at Council in the typing pool.

She said every hour one of the girls would walk around to pick up or drop off the typing.

Ms King has since moved to the general manager’s officer.

Caption: From left, long-term Glenorchy City Council employees Greg Marsh, Tim Horton, Rodney Cragg and June King.