Beaudesert loses its rates coordinator after 44 years

44 YEARS: Council rates coordinator Ken Ardrey is farewelled  by colleagues and Council CEO Craig Barke, Cr Michael Enright and chief finance officer Kelly Stidworthy.

44 YEARS: Council rates coordinator Ken Ardrey is farewelled by colleagues and Council CEO Craig Barke, Cr Michael Enright and chief finance officer Kelly Stidworthy.

Former rates coordinator Ken Ardrey has recently closed the ledger on a 44-year career with council. 

Ken began working for  Beaudesert  Council in October 1973, the year the Sydney Opera House opened, Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister and people aged 18 gained the right to vote in Federal elections. 

While most of the time was spent in  the rates department, a number of years were also spent in accounts and payroll.

 "These were interesting times as each pay day we would go across to the bank under police escort to collect the money for wages which was brought back to the Council office to be placed in pay packets. In those days, rates records were kept on cards stored in large metal bins,” Mr Ardrey said.

"The major change in my time at Council was going from paper to computers. Trying to keep up with technology and the never ending changes and updates to software was, at times, very daunting, but I have been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people."

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen paid tribute to Mr Ardrey and his contribution to the Council.

"His record of service is indeed significant and he has played a central role in managing our rating processes over the life of Scenic Rim Council and that of the former Beaudesert Shire," Cr Christensen said.

"On behalf of the executive team, I wish Ken all the very best in retirement."

A keen cyclist doing about 10,000 kilometres a year, Ken said he was looking forward to spending more time riding his bike, improving his handicap at the Beaudesert Golf Club and enjoying family time with his wife, Robyn and six grandchildren.

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