Many went into trades but one Sarina man had other ideas
A BUSINESS is only as good as its employees.
Sarina man Tony De Brincat is a perfect example of this - he has been working for the Mackay and Sarina shire councils for 40 years and his dedication to the organisation cannot be matched.
Mr De Brincat grew up in Sarina and attended Sarina State High School. He worked for Rieds department store in Mackay for about a year but in 1979 applied for a job at the Sarina Shire Council.
As a fresh-faced 18 year old, Mr De Brincat began his long career with the organisation, taking up a role as a junior local government clerk.
He said he applied for the role because he "thought it would be a good place to work".
"Not a lot of guys were going into administration roles at the time, they were going for trades," he said.
"But working at the council I have learnt so much, I think a lot of people don't realise how much local government has to offer.
"It's a secure job, with multiple career paths and you are working with like-minded people."
Mr De Brincat worked as a junior clerk for two years before his first promotion. Over the past 40 years he has worked his way up and has had 14 roles within the organisation
A highlight was forming friendships with World War II veterans.
"When I started at the council there were a lot of returned veterans in the office and spending time with them was special to me," he said.
"I was given the opportunity to organise the Anzac Day events in town and, before the march, we would sit down and have a rum and milk.
"The vets told me a lot of great stories at 4.30 in the morning."
Following the amalgamation in 2008, Mr De Brincat was appointed the role of community services and events manager at the newly formed Mackay Regional Council.
Shortly after, he was promoted to manager of property services, the position he currently holds today.
Earlier this week, Mr De Brincat was recognised for his 40 years of service at a special ceremony.
Mackay Regional Council organisational services director Kylie Lamb praised Mr De Brincat for his dedication to his job, particularly his role in emergency management.
"Tony has continued his involvement in emergency management and was recognised for his efforts as part of the cyclone community disaster response team in 2010 after Cyclone Yuwi," she said.
"He was involved in major projects like the construction of the Sarina Cultural Hall, the youth centre and Brewers Park."
Despite his lengthy career, Mr De Brincat said he had no plans to retire any time soon.
He lives in Mackay with his wife Michelle and has two sons, Joshua and Luke.
When he is not working, Mr De Brincat enjoys going to the movies, reading, socialising and "mucking around in the shed".