Former shire council engineer Rod Green bookended 60 years of history with a special visit to Gunnedah Shire Council’s December meeting.

Mr Green joined councillors and staff to celebrate 60 years since the Elgin Street council chambers were opened in Gunnedah.

The now retired mechanical engineer was there when the chambers were first opened by then mayor, Frank O’Keefe and he was there again when the council paid tribute to the occasion last week.

Mr Green had been living in Gunnedah for just three months when council moved to the new premises.

“To see this building going up and then move from my office upstairs at the town hall, it was quite exciting,” he said.

One prominent moment during his time at council was Gunnedah Municipal Council’s amalgamation with Liverpool Plains Shire Council in 1980. He also named the redevelopment of Kitchener Park, a new water supply, new bores, new reservoir and in the mid-1970s, a new lawn cemetery for Gunnedah as other highlights.

“It is exciting to see changes that have taken place,” Mr Green said.

Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey said it is fitting to hear how the ambitious works program under Mr Green is continuing today. Cr Chaffey named major projects in construction or being completed such as the airport upgrade, new koala park and the saleyards, as testament to the strength of local government in the Gunnedah region.

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