Council worker farewelled

Wakefield Regional Council Mayor Rodney Reid shakes hands with retiring council worker Peter Strawbridge during a ceremony at the latest meeting in Balaklava.

Wakefield Regional Council Mayor Rodney Reid shakes hands with retiring council worker Peter Strawbridge during a ceremony at the latest meeting in Balaklava.

From digging graves to operating graders, Peter Strawbridge has had an interesting and varied career.

He called it quits after 37 years with the Wakefield Regional Council and received a special presentation at the latest council meeting.

Mr Strawbridge, of Snowtown, was praised by Mayor Rodney Reid.

Cr Reid said Mr Strawbridge had started with the Snowtown council and through amalgamation had finished at Wakefield council.

He said that on the first day in his job Mr Strawbridge dug a grave by hand.

On his last day, he had pruned trees.

Mr Strawbridge described himself to the Northern Argus as a construction grader operator.

The mayor said he had been a team leader at the time of his retirement.

“Peter is looking forward to a quiet life. We thank you for your outstanding service,” Cr Reid said.

He presented the former worker with a framed certificate marking his length of service.

In a light-hearted gesture, he also handed over a photograph of a grader that was familiar to Mr Strawbridge and was "severely bogged".

Mr Strawbridge thanked the councillors for inviting him for his farewell appearance at the meeting.

“It has been a long time. There have been some fantastic times and some not-so-good times and some great people,” he said.

“I am looking forward to the next part of my life, spending time with my kids and grandchildren.”

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