ROB Staples names the Four Towns Sewerage Scheme as the highlight of his career at Cabonne Council.
After seven years in the job, the council’s engineering and technical services director is calling it a day to spend more time with his wife.
Mr Staples has had an extensive career of 43 years - also working with the RMS, as technical services director with Lachlan Shire Council and as manager of assets and design at Parkes Shire Council - but when he looks back on his career, there is one project that stands out.
Mr Staples is proud of the work Cabonne Council did for the Four Towns Sewerage Scheme.
The $17.5 million scheme was introduced for Cudal, Manildra, Yeoval and Cumnock so residents would not have to use private septic systems, after concerns they created social, environmental and community health issues.
“It was started before my time, but we saw it through and we’re putting in the final flows at Yeoval,” Mr Staples said.
“The hard part is getting communities behind these projects.”
He said he hoped his replacement would realise that council needed the support of the people.
“You’re up against a brick wall if you’re not willing to listen to what is out there,” he said.
Other projects Mr Staples regards as successful include the refurbishment of the Canowindra pool and the Molong Flood study.
Mr Staples does not finish up at council until December 20 and will spend some time with the incoming director when the position is filled.
“The team I work with here, Cabonne has a full compliment of staff who should be proud and confident,” he said.
Deciding to retire was not a decision Mr Staples took lightly and he said he would miss working with his colleagues and the residents of Cabonne.