BRIGHTON Council’s Gerald Smith has been a familiar face around the Municipality and you can understand why. He has just clocked up 40 years with Council as its leading hand – roads.
In an era where five years in the same job is a long time for many, 40 years seems like a lifetime.
Gerald grew up in the Dysart area and went to the former Brighton High School. After he married, he and his new wife moved down the road to Bagdad where he still lives today. Gerald and his wife had four children, three girls and a boy and now have eight grandchildren.
In his time off he loves to get out in the bush with his grandsons cutting wood and grows a few veggies in his garden at home.
After some stints in timber mills, a freight service and the Cadbury’s factory, Gerald landed a job with Brighton Council.
When he started with Council in 1980 it was a very different municipal area geographically as it was prior to the 1993 boundary changes which saw the more northern towns and hamlets like Bagdad become part of the Southern Midlands Council.
The best thing about working at Council for Gerald has been the security and stability of working in local government
Some of the biggest changes over time have been the increase in the number of parks and reserves that need to be maintained and in the old days most of the roads were gravel with very few sealed.
Gerald’s fondest memories of working at Council are the ‘good old blokes’ he has worked with over the years. There would be knock-off beers at the Pontville pub and a great sense of mateship. Gerald says with sadness many of his former mates from the early days at Council have passed away.
Today Gerald works mainly on roads driving trucks, rollers and potholing.
Gerald is the type of worker who kept his head down and just got on with the job.
“I will be 66 years old next birthday, around Christmas time, but I don’t have any plans for retiring at this stage. I’ll just wait and see how things go.”
Brighton Council would like to sincerely thank Gerald for his 40 years of service and dedication. He is an extremely valued member of the team and his experience and knowledge of our area are invaluable to the organisation. Congratulations and thank you Gerald and we look forward to having you as part of the crew for more years to come.