WHEN Shirley Luhrman retires after 28 years she'll leave behind an office full of friends, but will turn towards a future full of possibilities.
Mrs Luhrman retires tomorrow from the PBS section of the Medicare branch in the Department of Human Services office in Brisbane St.
The office has been there since 1996, but she and other staff, some she still works with, started at the building on East St in February 1984 when Medicare began.
"We don't have a big rollover of people coming and going so we're a pretty close-knit family," Mrs Luhrman said yesterday. "I've just loved coming to work with the people and the type of work.
"It's the people I'll miss more than anything, but because I've reached retirement age I think it's just time for me to go."
She said she already had a very full life with travel, sport and "nearly" 13 grandchildren with the latest due next March.
"I've got three children so grandkids and kids are a big part of my life," she said. "And I play a lot of sport; I golf, I swim, I gym."
A member of Sandy Gallop golf club, she plays off 17 ("pretty good for a weekend hacker").
"I've been all over the world with golf. I enjoy my life."