Works crews go above and beyond call of duty

FOR Glenorchy City Council’s works department employees, “serving the community” involves more than rubbish collection, road and drainage construction and maintenance and public works.

Council general manager Peter Brooks said he regularly received messages of thanks and congratulations for the efforts of works crews that often went “above and beyond” in assisting the local community.

Mr Brooks said it was not uncommon for Council employees to provide valuable assistance to the community outside of their traditional duties.

“In recent times this has ranged from assisting at traffic accidents and medical emergencies, restoration works and extra preparation of sports grounds to finding and returning property, animal control and even intervening in a domestic dispute to prevent injury” he said.

“Most of our more than 120 works department employees live in the municipality and they regard their employment as more than just a job.

“They are part of the Glenorchy community, proud of the role they play and always committed to assisting the local people.”

Mr Brooks said, in a recent event, a works crew discovered a car on fire.

The crew instigated traffic control to ensure the incident did not escalate and had extinguished the fire before the fire brigade arrived.

“Another crew saw a house fire, rescued the occupant and called the fire service,” Mr Brooks said.

“One employee recently assisted a young woman who had collapsed on the street and comforted her until the ambulance arrived.

“We also had an employee who called the ambulance for a youngster who had a serious crash on the cycleway. He then took the bicycle to the owner’s home while the injured cyclist was conveyed to hospital.

“In another serious incident, works department employees intervened in a domestic dispute to prevent a baby from being injured.

“In a separate scenario, an employee restrained an elderly woman’s dog that became uncontrollable after being attacked by another dog.”

Mr Brooks said the works department had also been commended for the preparation of ovals used in the recent national seniors’ cricket championships hosted in Hobart, with interstate competitors describing the facilities as “world class”.

“Our works department employees do a great job and Council commends them for their efforts that go well above and beyond their specified duties,” he said.

“We are gratified that this contribution to our city is recognised by the people they help and the wider Glenorchy community.”

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