THROUGH his tireless work at the Koroit newsagency for the past 25 years, Bob Shanahan has become one of the best-known business operators in the district.
But before he made a living out of selling papers and Tattslotto tickets, Mr Shanahan was secretary of the Shire of Belfast.
He served in that role at the council for eight years, part of a 23-year stint in local government. Among the shires Mr Shanahan had worked for were the City of Castlemaine and Kara Kara Shire near St Arnaud.
At the time of his departure in 1992, Mr Shanahan said he had enjoyed his time at the shire.
“I’ve had lots of happy memories. I’ve developed an excellent relationship with the councillors, employees and, importantly, the ratepayers,” he said.
“It’s not as if I am leaving the shire to go to another one. It’s a venture into a totally new life.”
Mr Shanahan was born in Melbourne but has always had strong ties to the district, with his parents originally from Kirkstall and Illowa.