Phil Dawson clocks off for the last time
LOCAL government engineer Phil Dawson has retired after 36 years with the Maclean Shire Council and Clarence Valley Council.
Mr Dawson, of Ilarwill, started work with Maclean Shire Council in 1970.
He carried out all the engineering, survey and design work for the rural and urban roadworks, including kerb and guttering, drainage lines and sewerage and town improvement works.
In a tribute to the engineer's efforts, Clarence Valley mayor Ian Tiley said Mr Dawson had turned his hand to anything requiring investigation, survey and design.
"Phil Dawson also possessed exceptional diplomacy skills during a multitude of customer inquiries."
He also spent many years on the Lower Clarence Sports Council.
He volunteered hundreds of hours organising most of the community projects including Wherrett Park playing fields, the Yamba sports complex, the Ryan Park tennis courts, bringing the Maclean pool to Olympic standard, the Townsend sewerage scheme and many cricket pitches.
Phil Dawson was Maclean Shire's Citizen of the year in 1995.
"I would like to formally record council's appreciation for his loyalty and superb approach to dealing with the public, which contributed to other staff adopting a similar attitude," the mayor said.
"On behalf of all councillors and the Clarence Valley community, I wish Phil Dawson all the best in retirement."