Bob Bates farewelled by Kingston council

Farewell: Bob Bates (centre) is farewelled from Kingston District Council by four CEOs he worked with: Robert Adams (left, 1983-87), Martin McCarthy (2004-12), Nick Brown (2012-14) and Andrew MacDonald (2014-present).Bob Bates has been farewelled by Kingston District Council after close to half a century in local government.
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The former manager of assets and infrastructure has recently retired and was given a farewell dinner on Friday.

Bob started his career in local government in 1964, at the age of 18 when he was employed by the District Council of Lucindale.

He spent 20 years at DC Lucindale, leaving in July 1984 to join the District Council of Lacepede as works manager, a position he held for threeyears before resigning in September 1987.

For the next eightyears Bob successfully managedpubs, primarily at Hawker in the mid north and Middleton on the south coast.

During his time in HawkerBob remained connected with local government being an elected member for the District Council of Hawker for fouryears (1989-93).

In mid-1995 Bob returned to local government in the role of works manager for the District Council of Pinnaroo, a role he held for only a few months before returning to the District Council of Lacepede after securing the role of managerof works and services in February 1996.

Bob spent the next 20 years with the District Council of Lacepede, which became the Kingston District Council in 2000.

Bob resigned from local government duties on December 31, 2016 with an impressive 43 yearsserviceas an employee of local government.

Some of the major projects Bob was involved in during his time with Kingston District Council includebuilding the new council depot in 2001, building a new medical centre in 2009 and construction of the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina.

He was also responsible for the dramatic improvement in the presentation of the township of Kingston, including the sealing of roads and beautification of parks, foreshore and other open spaces.

All of the staff and elected members of Kingston District Council send their best wishes to Bob on his retirement.

David Worthley from Cape Jaffa will replace Bob as the council’s new manager of assets and infrastructure.

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