Work Wanted

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 13:18
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G'day fellas and ladies, it's the 'Old Dog' here, me and the misses are about ready to hook up our off road caravan to the Troopy and head off, but we would like to try and work along the way (after all I might be old to a 10 year old but I'm only 55years young) and reckon I still have a few years left in me. We are prepared to do just about anything, anywhere. We are keen to try and keep the little we have in the kitty for when we really are old, you know 80ish.
So if anyone has any good reliable contacts that you don't mind sharing, please do.

Old Dog.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 13:29

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 13:29
Hi Old Dog,

Just a suggestion mate, maybe if you added what you consider you may be good at.
You know trade, profession, what you did for a crust.

55 years...pftth...just a young fella. (;-))


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Follow Up By: Old dog - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:24

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:24
G'day you're right, must come with maturity I reckon.
I'm a mechanic (although I haven't pulled spanners for a living for 10 years; I had 35 years up my sleeve though).
Currently I'm a Family Liaison Officer for a Respite facility; and I also support people with a disability.
I have a degree in Social Science (Counsellor), and a Diploma in Community Services.
But I've been a plumbers and carpenters labourer, a cleaner, a farm hand, a barman a Chaplain and a Pastor.

My wife is currently a Funeral Director and has been doing all the accounts for the past 3 years as well as funerals. She is extremely organised and methodical.
She has done factory work at a meat works and a woollen mill.
She's done kitchen work and house maiding. She isn't afraid to do any job.

Well that's a snap shot of us. If anyone has any thoughts please let me know.

Old Dog.
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Reply By: Ozrover - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 14:55

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 14:55
Gerday Old Dog,

Have a look at the Mt Dare website www.mtdare.com.au as were still looking for people from April to October.

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Follow Up By: Old dog - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:10

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:10
G'day Jeff, I had a look at the web site and sent a facebook message to Dave, Karen and yourself. Looking forward to a conversation.
Cheers; Old Dog
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 09:37

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 09:37
Hi Old Dog,

Shoot us an e-mail at mtdare@mtdare.com.au as I can't see the FB message.

Thanks.

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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:32

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:32
Hi Old Dog, Their is a web site called Workabout Australia, It has many jobs all over Australia.
Andy
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Follow Up By: Old dog - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:37

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:37
G'day mate, thanks heaps, I'll check it out.

Old Dog
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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:49

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:49
Young bloke,
central northern Qld at cane harvest time. Get onto one of the labour hire mobs as they are always looking out for haulout operators, especially if you have mechanical knowledge.

Only thing is you would require a UD or HR/HC licence depending on the gear.

Traffic control is another one.

Happy travels,
RA.
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Follow Up By: Old dog - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:57

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 18:57
G'day mate, thanks, I did haul out years ago in Gordonvale NQ.
I've been looking at getting certified for traffic control; do you know if the certificate is state specific or does one state do all?

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 19:10

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 19:10
Old Dog,
have a look HERE and you maybe able to call them if you can't find what you require.

RA.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 19:48

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 19:48
Gday old Dog
Ill send this off to Lil Wes, he is a traffic control engineer with ALTUS Traffic.I think they are Australia wide. He may be able to help, we are in Melbourne.




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Follow Up By: Rockape - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 19:56

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 19:56
Muz,
how come he gets called engineer when all I got at work was Knuckle dragger. Life is not fair.
That is a lovely photo at Mt Blue Rag.

RA.
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Follow Up By: Old dog - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 20:50

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 20:50
G'day fellas, you are so helpful, thanks heaps. I looked at that site Rockape and it tells me heaps. I haven't read it all but a quick browse doesn't seem to tell me if it's state specific or not. I'll have to look harder and maybe give em a call and ask.
But besides that, thanks again Rockape and MUZBRY.

Old Dog
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 22:23

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 22:23
Mr Rockape
Lil Wes is a civil eng, he took 7 plus years to do the course at uni, most of the time was at the bar, studying. He has been doing road traffic design for a number of years now .

The photo of me on Mt Blue Rag was taken by George M . Nice bloke..The following morning we were coverd by a cloud and vision was about 50 meters.



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Follow Up By: Old dog - Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 15:52

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 15:52
G'day Muzbry, just wondering if the infamous Mr. Lil Wes has got back to you about the traffic control ticket and if it is Aus wide or state specific.

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Reply By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:50

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:50
Queenland Country Life and other such rural papers usually have quite a few ads for Caretakers on rural properties. Most come with a bit of a wage plus free accomodation etc in return for doing water runs and keeping an eye on the stock.

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Follow Up By: Old dog - Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 16:25

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 16:25
G'day John great idea (Qld Country life I mean) waking up grumpy is something I never do, it does sometimes make us late though, she's not good before 7am at very the earliest.
I have a good mate on the Atherton Tablelands (I'm in Tasmania at present) so I'll ask him to keep a look out for me. Caretaker sounds great.

Thanks again;
Old Dog
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 22:50

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 22:50
Old dog.
Have gathered that you are from Tassie and wish to work around a bit, and also your previous work experience is a bonus for future employers.
Are you able to advise your rough travel plans as I sometimes require people on a part time basis.
Please feel free to contact me if you venture to W.A.
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Follow Up By: Old dog - Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 11:48

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 11:48
G'day Flighty, we don't really have any travel plans, most people say we're mad but we just want to be free to go anywhere that takes our fancy and do whatever we can make it easier to get to the next destination. Our friends just keep saying that we must have some idea where we are going, but we don't.
When we first got married back in 75 we spent the next 7 years travelling around working and seeing the country (from the bitumen) now we want to see it all and do it all before we're too old. Too many people plan for the day they retire to do this stuff but fall off the perch before they get there.
Thanks mate, do I just contact you via this forum?
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Follow Up By: Flighty ( WA ) - Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 13:49

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 13:49
Hear what your'e sayin, my wife and I spent our first 10 odd years travelling around and working when/wherever we felt.
Settled down to family life after and never regretted either the travel or the family side ( still after 28 years ).
And yep our age difference is within 2 years.
Contact me on forum, or look up profile my e-mail is there
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:29

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:29
Old Dog,

I'd try some of the pastoral companies too. They often need people on a part time, or even full time basis.

You can google the following, as I don't have phone numbers for them anymore:

Australian Agricultural Company,

Parraway Pastoral Co.

MDH(MacDonald family)

NAPCO (North Australian Pastoral Co.)

Consolidated Pastoral Co.

Acton Family

Stanbroke Pastoral Co.

The above companies also advertise in the back of "Outback" magazine too, Old Dog, if you can pick up a copy.

Another company, Outback International, also do recruiting for mining and pastoral properties. You could register with them.

At 55 you've got plenty of years left in you, Old Dog. It's all to do with attitude, a positive outlook and a healthy body helps too.

Bob.

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Follow Up By: Old dog - Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 11:51

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 11:51
G'day Bob Y, thanks for the good advise and the contacts, you've been very helpful. I'll check them out for sure.

Thanks mate
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 15:33

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 15:33
Bob Y,
I see Jim McDonald (MDH)past away late last year. He was a great bloke.

Have a good one,
RA.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 23:25

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 23:25
Yeah, RA, Mr Mac was one of nature's gentlemen, a good family man and a top neighbour.

MDH had country next to where we were, and we used to see Mr Mac often when he was well into his '80's. Think once he hit the 90's, the boys banned him from long distance travel, at least by himself.

Think he was 106.

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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 19:32

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 19:32
Gday O Dog
I have passed the message on, as yet he has not replied. I'll ring him and see how he is going and get back to you.
You can ring me on 0400 860 894 if you want, but keep my number to yourself.
Murray
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 23:10

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 23:10
Howdy .... "Grey Nomads Employment" is a good start, we have used them before, there is a LOT of work out there, we prefer "older" people, more so couples as they are not into the "social" life and can enjoy sitting back and enjoying the quite and peace out here (Doomadgee Roadhouse) and have VAST amounts of knowlage and experiance that we learn off, we get younger couples or singles and spend MORE time trying to slow them down, we cant seem to get it across that it may take twice as long to do but it will be done TWICE as good, and done once and properly ...
We even now stress how quite it is, how SLOW we want people and how there is absolutly NO social life yet they still get here and ask, where do we meet people, what do we do after work, it is boring ..
For pugs sake PLEASE, if you think you are to old for working, to slow, spend to much time doing it right rather than quickly then think again, the REMOTE areas need people like you ...
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Joe
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