50s Lifestyle

‘Forty years’ of serving council

Mayor Khal Asfour and General Manager Matthew Stewart after presenting Ronald Tanner and Nicolas Loizou with their certificates of appreciation for 40 years’ service.

TWO of Canterbury Bankstown Council’s longest serving employees, Ronald Tanner and Nicolas Loizou, have achieved their 40-year milestone.

They were among 89 employees, who have clocked up a total of 1,490 years of combined service to the City of Canterbury Bankstown, to be recognised by the council.
Mayor Khal Asfour said this impressive tally consisted of 46 staff with 10 years’ service, 28 with 20 years, 13 with 30 years and two with an impressive 40 years.
“Our council is only as good as its people and our staff are dedicated and committed to making CBCity an even better place to live in, work in, visit and enjoy,” Mayor Asfour said.
Mr Tanner, who first started with the former Bankstown City Council in November 1977, began in waste services as a garbage collector, where he continues to work today.
“To me, it’s the best job in the world. I’m on the missed bins service, so I collect those that haven’t been picked up because it’s either behind a car or there’s some sort of obstruction,” he said.
“I love my job because of the people I get to work with. The community is really appreciative of the service and I get to beat traffic when I’m on my way to work at 2-3am.”
Mr Tanner said he’s honoured to work for CBCity and had no plans of retiring in the immediate future.
The second 40-year long–service recipient, Mr Loizou, began working with the former Canterbury City Council as a casual gardener in 1978, became permanent in 1979 and has been based in Gough Whitlam Park ever since.