Years of service praised

WHEN Richard Miszczyk started work with Canterbury Bankstown Council more than 40 years ago, he was only planing on being there for three weeks because it was hard work.

Last week he was one of 73 council employees – who have clocked up a total 1,516 years of combined service – to be recognised for their years of service.
Mayor Khal Asfour said 24 staff with 10 years’ service, 24 with 20 years, 21 with 30 years and four with an extraordinary 40 years, contributed to this impressive figure.
“We are only as good as our people, and our staff are some of the very best in local government,” he said.
“They truly live our mission, which is providing quality services to our community every day.”
Four of the council’s longest serving employees are Gary Crowe, Glenn Smith, Les Andrews and Mr Miszczyk, who have achieved the 40-year milestone.
Mr Miszczyk, who is a Maintenance Inspector in Roads and Infrastructure, started with the former Bankstown City Council in 1979.

“Honestly, when I started I only planned on being here for three weeks because it was hard work, operating the machinery and equipment,” he said.
“I don’t see myself retiring any time soon but, even when I do, I know I want to continue to give back to the community, by becoming a member of a Council Advisory Committee or maybe being a councillor.”