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Bathurst Correctional Centre staff farewell officer after 32 years’ service

Publication date: Monday, 24 July 2017

Senior Correctional Officer Brian McFarland has walked out of the Bathurst Correctional Centre’s gates for the last time – to the fanfare of bagpipes and a standing guard.

After more than three decades’ service the well-loved officer, who spent most of his career working at Bathurst, said his farewells to colleagues yesterday.

“Brian has been a mentor for many new staff and is highly respected by his peers and management alike,” Bathurst Governor Mark Kennedy said.

“It was an honour to hand him back to his family after 32 years’ outstanding service working with his family of blue. He will leave a massive gap at our centre.”

Mr McFarland began training at Long Bay Correctional Centre in June, 1986 and spent his first six months’ service at Silverwater Correctional Complex.

He later transferred to Bathurst, where he progressed to the rank of Senior Correctional Officer.

Mr McFarland plans to spend his retirement as a grey nomad, travelling the country in his caravan.