Bob retires after 25 years
BOB Morrison will be taking more than just lots of tackle and bait when he heads north for a spot of fishing this winter.
He’ll also be taking the best wishes of everyone at the Bellingen Shire Council. The council’s popular bridge supervisor has laid his last deck and retired after 25 years of service.
Mr Morrison began his career with Bellingen Council in 1985 working on parks and reserves at Mylestom but it was his prowess at building bridges that was the focus of retirement celebrations this week.
He supervised the reconstruction of Lavenders Bridge, which links Bellingen and North Bank.
The composite timber-concrete structure later won an Award for Innovation in Local Government.
Mr Morrison’s practical skills were regularly put to the test and proved invaluable in coming up with improvised methods to restore bridge crossings damaged by floods.
All up, he supervised the reconstruction of 15 bridges throughout the shire during his tenure and along the way helped hundreds of families reconnect with the outside world after floods.