"Teddy" retires after 48 years of service

Maintenance worker and local icon Ted Janczak will retire today at the age of 65, after almost five decades of service to Barwon Water.

One of our longest serving employees, "Teddy" began work with the (then) Geelong Waterworks and Sewerage Trust in June 1963.

He started as a labourer, working alongside his father on a construction crew responsible for water main extensions and replacements.

When his father retired, Ted took over as leading hand on the work gangs.

Most recently, he has been a field maintenance worker based at our South Geelong depot, where an outdoor common area — the Ted Janczak Pavillion — is named in his honour.

A young Ted Janczak (far right) with co-workers in the South Geelong Auditorium, circa 1970s.

Ted remembers the early days of "hard yakka" and reckons things have changed significantly over the years. He cites safety improvements as one of the biggest changes over his 48 year career.

Teddy will be farewelled by friends and colleagues this afternoon at a special function at the Geelong Football club.

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