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Loyalty and excellence shine as Council recognise staff service

16 December 2015

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown and CEO Ross Musgrove congratulate staff members Brian Schmidt, Dennis Martin and Terry Fagg on 35 years of service.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown and CEO Ross Musgrove congratulate staff members Brian Schmidt, Dennis Martin and Terry Fagg on 35 years of service.

Western Downs Regional Council recently held ceremonies in Miles and Dalby honouring fifty-nine employees who were joined by Councillors, senior management and family members to celebrate a combined total of 990 years of service.

This year’s ceremonies saw the introduction of the ‘Staff Excellence Awards’, an initiative promoting morale for employees through the ‘Recognition Program’.  Twenty-six individuals or groups were nominated by peers for their outstanding contributions across several categories and shortlisted with the worthy recipient endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer, Mayor and Councillors.

2015 Excellence Awards Winners are:

  • Innovation — Leigh Cook and Terry Fagg
  • Customer Service and Satisfaction — Kerri Wood
  • Safety — Tracey Drever and Lauren Schutt
  • Leadership — Rebecca Neal
  • Young Achiever — Shalika Low
  • Council Values — Lauren Schutt, Lawrence Hobbs, Anjana Ranatunge, and Community Development Officers (Carollee Murphy, Jason Erbacher, Terri Cobb, Fiona Henderson, Eliza Newcombe, and Sarah Kelly)

Council’s Long Service Award recipients are:

  •  35 years of service – Terry Fagg, Dennis Martin and Brian Schmidt.
  • 30 years of service – Paul Byrnes, Robert Henderson, Peter Porter, Dennis Renz, and Daryl Smoothy.
  • 25 years of service – Stephen Hegedus, Mark Henderson, Gary Krause, Edward Loughran, Geoffrey O’Rourke, and Robert Sutton.
  • 20 years of service – Brian Bradley, Gene Bradley, Kylee Goss, Catherine Harding, Wayne Patterson, Matthew Prain, Ian Sheridan, and Robert Sorenson.
  • 15 years of service – Ross Davidson, Geoffrey Dicinoski, Bruce Fry, Darrell Goodwin, Harry Mager, Edwin Ott, James Robertson, Lennard Shaw, Royce Spence, and Gail Story.
  • 10 years of service – Anthony Barnes, Laurence Boardman, Terrell Body, Michelle Collins, Karen Darrach, Ian George, Dawn Harms, Robert Johnston, Stephen Karlish, Yasmin Kennedy, Joan Kummerow, Brett McGrorey, Leslie Nicholson, Terrence O’Rourke, Wayne Osburn, Garry Outen, Renee Rogers, Ian Saunders, Kevin Sheppard, Angela Stirling, Jodie Taylor, Rebecca Urch, Matthew Wheeler, Allan Holland, Benjamin Zillman and Susanna Zillman.

Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross Musgrove said the ‘Staff Excellence and Service Awards’ are a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate both long serving staff and exemplary service by Excellence Award winners.

“To have so many long serving staff members is a great indicator that Council is a workplace that provides career opportunity, stability, and satisfaction within our region.  We expect the establishment of the recognition program to maintain and accentuate the positive qualities of our workplace,” he said.

“Long service and excellence in service demonstrates loyalty and commitment from our employees and in turn creates a wealth of local knowledge and strong connections that are invaluable to our organisation and our communities. Council congratulates them on their awards and sincerely thank each and every one of them for their contributions.

“I would particularly like to congratulate Terry Fagg, Dennis Martin and Brian Schmidt on their 35 years of service each. These are very special achievements.”

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