The overwhelming contributions of the Kimba District Council’s six longest-serving staff were celebrated when they received formal recognition of their service in front of Elected Members on July 11.
The staff – Jo Schaefer, Peter Adler, Deb Larwood, Michael Inglis, Michael Kemp and Shylie Harris – have notched up a combined 71 years working for organisation and were presented with Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) Service Awards by Mayor Dean Johnson in a ceremony at the monthly Ordinary Meeting of Council.
The awards are available to staff who have dedicated at least 10 years’ service to local government in South Australia and Mayor Dean Johnson said he believed the Kimba community was much stronger due to the efforts of the six.
“Local government is a sector that makes an incredible difference to a community, especially in rural towns across the country,” he explained.
“What we’re celebrating today is a combined contribution to Kimba of more than seven decades from a mix of Corporate Services and Works team members.
“That’s more than 70 years of coming to work each day with the aim of helping council make Kimba a better, more vibrant and beautiful place to live, and I would like to thank them for their commitment on behalf of Elected Members, and everyone who calls our amazing little town home.”
LGA Chief Executive Officer Matt Pinnegar congratulated the sextet and said the awards were aimed at recognising the difference long-serving local government employees make to their respective communities.
“Our sector is made up of thousands of South Australians who are passionate about improving the health, prosperity and amenity of their communities,” he said.
“It is fantastic to see council staff who have dedicated so much of their professional lives to serving their communities recognised for their extensive contributions.”