THAT TIME OF YEAR

Submitted: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 16:26
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here in the goldfields now things have cooled down it is field season so i swap my pushbike for a 4wd, computer for a gps bed for a swag and office for the bush and assist geoligists with their fieldwork most of the driving is either on tertiary tracks(or less) or complete bush bashing as the information is considered more important than the vehicles (sorry greenies just the way it is) this year i have travelled nw of norseman following historic woodlines and visiting old woodcutters camps while driving around saltlakes and dodging camels. next is about 120k n/e of kalgoorlie taking in areas around yowie rocks and curara soak then it will be south west of norseman and into the fraser ranges. all the time getting not only paid but paid extra for the overtime (not to mention all my camping gear is tax detuctable). My question is if you enjoy it is it still work?
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Reply By: GaryW - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 16:42

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 16:42
Any openings for extra "workers"? - Tough but someone has to do it.

Gaz
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:03

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:03
funny you should ask there should be later in the year watch this space
for what it is worth vehicles are cruiser utes (what else) 100l water 250l fuel 12ply tyres warn winches upgraded suspension etc although with around 40 - 50k on the clock they are geting old and will be replaced after this year
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:12

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:12
Davoe I struggle with the idea that my ten weeks in the cape is hard work but it is hard work first trip 7 trucks 14 adults and 16 kids.
It will keep me out of trouble.
2nd trip 4 trucks only adults .
But its good work and we have a great time but dont tell the wife.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:19

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:19
16 kids !! how DO you put up with 16 kids.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:54

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:54
Baz its easy Im the biggest kid of them all.
The kids always have a great time an 99% of the time keep each other busy.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:14

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:14
davoe its a hard life as long, as you dont weaken you should be right and as long as you enjoy your work lol

steve
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:39

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:39
davoe , Please do not post anymore items like this , it just makes me cry to hear of you getting paid to do what I would pay someone to let me do , Why not run a tag a long at the same time and double your income ,I am up for the job of tail end Charlie just call me PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ( dont tell the more expensive half that it was my idea) Thanks LOL
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Reply By: Rod W - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:46

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:46
I thought Yowie and Curara were n/w of Kal?? But no matter what direction ya still a lucky bugger.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 09:41

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 09:41
yea whoops looks like I wont be finding my way home!
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 18:24

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 18:24
My heart bleeds for you having to do all that work.
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Reply By: ianmc - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 23:53

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 23:53
Davoe, sometime I want to get over there & swing a detector.
What type of maps would I need to identify some of the features you mention here & on other sites.
Hopefully not a suitcase full of stuff???
If youve got a short list for future jobs put me on it please!!
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 11:18

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 11:18
Davoe
Yes I would say it is work, enjoyable, but work - my last Geological field trip in '97 was based in Marble Bar for 2 months, and 'attacking' Granite boulders with a sledge hammer was work, as was digging for 5 hours getting the Troopie out of a bog !
After a few days in the bush we would return to 'our house' at the Bar, and also drive to Port Hedland to restock every 2/3 weeks.

The Woodlines around Coolgardie are very interesting - spent a few days exploring there in '98 - there a few good books about this subject as well.

Nobody has commented on
"100l water 250l fuel 12ply tyres warn winches upgraded suspension etc" - sounds similar specs to our work Troopies.

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"although with around 40 - 50k on the clock they are geting old and will be replaced after this year" - Yep - ours were buggered at 40 000 kms !!

Question - may be out of your area of work
Do you know anything about the track to the Calvert Ra via Eagle Highway (north off the Warburton road) and Constance Headland ?

Keep up the good 'work'
Colin

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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 12:59

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 12:59
The vehicles are actually in good nick mechanically apart from a few dings underneath fuel tanks etc the bodys are fairly well dented and scratched. under the lease conditions they are not kept long then they are fixed up before return and auctioned out so someone will buy a botched up ute that has been serviced every 10,000k (all the goodies are removed) and yea that is out of our area as we only do the kalgoorlie region
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