Meet the man in charge of our parks

Allan Henderson enjoys his role as supervisor with the parks and recreation department where he gets to spend plenty of time outside.
Allan Henderson enjoys his role as supervisor with the parks and recreation department where he gets to spend plenty of time outside.

MEET the council supervisor with the biggest office.

Allan Henderson is parks and recreation supervisor with the Port Pirie Regional Council and he gets the city’s parks in which to work.

Mr Henderson worked in a Mitsubishi plant for more than a decade, but has since proved his green thumb with many outdoor occupations before his current role.

“After being stuck in a factory for 13 years I really liked the idea of working outdoors,” he said.

After his factory stint, he worked at Urban Virons in Adelaide while earning his  TAFE horticulture qualifications and later worked in Robe for two years with Active Tree Services, trimming trees from signs and power lines. 

Mr Henderson was then transferred to Port Pirie in late 2013 before winning the job at the council late last year.

There are now 10 staff that he supervises, all working together to ensure that our parks are in good condition and the trees in the streets are trimmed. 

His wife, Jennifer (nee Stephens), grew up in Port Pirie so moving to the City of Friendly People really was a logical choice.

“It is not a bad place. Everyone seems pretty friendly,” he said.

“I miss the beaches, but it definitely is a friendly little town.”