Barrie’s next chapter

Barrie Toms and LSC Mayor Des Manwaring. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Long time public servant Barrie Toms is hanging up his boots after 33 years working for the Lachlan Shire Council.

Beginning work as a health and building surveyor at the Lachlan Shire way back in 1978, Barry said he didn’t always imagine he’d still be working for council over three decades later.

“I came here as a young bloke looking to move further with my career,” he said.

“I soon found Council had benefits to offer both me and my family.

Most recently attaining the position of manager of assets and projects, Barrie has been instrumental in the completion of multiple building projects throughout the shire.

Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, said he was incredibly grateful for the work Barrie had done for council.

“Barrie’s been involved in a lot of projects including the Burcher Hall renovations, works at the Condobolin Community Centre, the Old Shire Hall, Tullibigeal Hall and the Tottenham Kiosk, just to name a few,” he said.

“When things have been a bit tough, Barrie’s taken things on his shoulders.

“His knowledge and experience have allowed us to move forward with so many council initiatives and we’re going to miss that.”

As a token of council’s appreciation for Barrie’s lifetime of work, Des presented Barrie with a small gift.

Barrie said he had decided to retire a bit earlier than most other people because he wanted to be able to do the things he truly enjoys in his retirement.

“I wanted to retire before I get too old and I’m not able to do the things I love anymore,” he said.

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