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Four Staff Members Thanked for 60 Years’ Combined Service

Four long-serving Council staff members have been recognised and thanked for their combined 60 years of dedicated service to Council and the Mount Isa community.


Construction Leading Hand Denis Parker (20 years), Asset Management Officer Geraldine Hollyman (10 years), Works Depot Small Engines Mechanic Donald Shevelling (20 years), and Roads Crew Leading Hand/Ganger Scott Cameron (10 years) were presented with their certificates and gifts at a ceremony held in the Council Chambers on Tuesday morning, May 28.


The ceremony was attended by several team members from each of the represented departments, as well as Mayor Joyce McCulloch, Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick, CEO Sharon Ibardolaza and Director of Engineering Emilio Cianetti.


Denis started with Council in 1999 as a Loader Operator and Truck Driver, working on Mount Isa’s many kilometres of rural roads.


Ms Ibardolaza said Denis has worked on all of the shire’s rural roads and his knowledge of the surrounding country is phenomenal. He was also a pivotal member of the construction crew that built Outback at Isa and Buchanan Park.

Denis now works as the Leading Hand/Final Trim Grader Operator in the city and has constructed many kilometres of cycle tracks, footpaths and road-refurbishment projects.


Geraldine always steps up and tackles tasks and issues head-on and with a positive attitude.

Mr Cianetti said Geraldine is very skilled at what she does in her Geographic Information System and programming role in the Engineering and Technical Services Department.


“However, what most of us have come to know most about Gerry is her unwavering dedication and drive to do whatever it takes to continually increase and improve her contribution to Council,” he said.


“Gerry has spent much of her time with council upskilling and completing new qualifications.”


Donald started with Council in 1999 in the Engineering section of the West Street workshop, and Ms Ibardolaza said he has been instrumental in the maintenance of all of the Council small plant, from whipper-snippers and ride-on mowers to chainsaws.


“What Don does not know about small engines is not worth knowing,” she said.


Scott started with Council as part of the maintenance crews and now carries out much of the road line-marking and signage work across Mount Isa. He also helps set up the Christmas tree on the lawns outside of the Civic Centre.


“He’s always got great ideas and a solution for every problem. He’s the one who makes things happen,” Mr Cianetti said.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch thanked each and every one of the employees for their many years of hard work and said their contributions helped to make Mount Isa a better community in which to live.