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Fond farewell to pair who kept council buildings ticking

Tweed Shire mayor Barry Longland farewells Joyce and David Martain.
Tweed Shire mayor Barry Longland farewells Joyce and David Martain. Contributed

AFTER 26 years as council contractors managing council facilities, Joyce and David Martain are calling it a day.

During their long-term commitment to the council, Mr and Mrs Martian were responsible for booking, cleaning and catering of the Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah auditoriums, the Banora Point Community Centre, the South Tweed Community Centre and the Home and Community Care centre.

The couple also held the contract to operate the Canvas and Kettle restaurant at the council chambers in Murwillumbah and have provided meals to many a hungry councillor during council meeting breaks.

A council spokeswoman said the Martains worked odd hours, day and night, for many years and deserved a good rest as they moved into their new life as grey nomads.

Tweed council director community and natural resources David Oxenham said: "David and Joyce have gone above and beyond to ensure that the service council provides through its auditoria and community buildings is of a high standard.

"They have been continuously contracted to council for 26 years and three months and for all of that time have been on call for 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day, ensuring venues are open and clean.

"They are a great team and will be missed by staff and community and we wish them all the best in retirement.

Local theatre group DoubleMask director Lachlan Glasby said he would like to make known how much Mr Martain had done, not only for this council, but also for this community.

"The venues that he has taken care of and worked on in his time as caretaker are exceptional and for multipurpose areas are brilliant.

"His dedication to his job has resulted in some of the finest workable auditoriums I have ever had the pleasure of working in.

"He has fostered and nurtured with his venues a safe, fantastic, clean, usable, friendly bunch of venues which are amazing to work and use," Mr Glasby said.

The Martains were farewelled by the councillors and senior staff at the dinner before the last council meeting.

Topics:  tweed shire council



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