Staff Members’ Years of Service Recognised

Years of Service 2021
Allen Parker with Mayor Danielle Slade.

Published: 30th June 2021

Three Council employees with a combined service of more than four decades have been recognised and thanked for their commitment to the Mount Isa community and to Council.

On Tuesday, June 29, a presentation was held in the Council Chambers for Allen “Buddy” Parker (Construction – 20 years), Pierre Pardo (Construction – 10 years) and Connor Ahnfeldt (Development and Land Use – 10 years), with a certificate and gift presented to the staff members by Mayor Danielle Slade.

Cr Slade congratulated the staff members and said they have been the steady force throughout Council, have kept Mount Isa ticking over, and were the unsung heroes during the COVID pandemic.

“As a Council, we’re very proud to have a workforce that have not only stayed here this long, but feel part of the family,” Cr Slade said.

“For people to stay with the one company or organisation for 10 or 20 years is really significant.”

Allen Parker began working at Council in 2001 as a trainee in Parks and Gardens, before moving to the Construction department as a fulltime employee. He has worked in areas such as line-marking, road signage, and jet-patching.

He is based at the Works Depot, carrying out yard maintenance, cleaning vehicles at the workshop, and helping keep the batching plant clean and tidy.

Pierre Pardo started working at Council in 2011 in the Construction team. Since then, he has worked in road signage, line-marking, jet-patching, and traffic management, and is now also involved in the Work Health and Safety team and is a first aid officer.

Connor Ahnfeldt undertook student work experience with Council in 2008 in the Development and Land Use section and commenced an administration traineeship with Council in 2011, successfully attaining a Certificate III in Business Administration. He was then permanently employed by Council within Development and Land Use.

In 2013, Connor commenced an eight-year cadetship at Council while undertaking a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree, which he is set to finish this year, thus becoming a qualified town planner.

Council Chief Executive Officer David Keenan thanked the staff for the great work they do in their respective fields every day and for their years of service to Council, saying it’s greatly appreciated, and he has received nothing but positive feedback from the community about it.