This young Tassie star rewarded
SOME of the biggest criticisms levelled at today's 20-somethings is that they are lazy, self-centred and want everything now.
Apparently, Seton Broomhall failed to get that memo.
Mr Broomhall, an apprentice panel beater, works for the family-owned Brianna Tilt Trays and Towing business in Burnie, Tasmania, and was recently named the 2018 Tasmanian Transport Association's Gallagher Insurance Transport Industry Young Achiever, a fitting reward for his efforts.
At the ripe old age of 20, Mr Broomhall - now in his fourth and final year - knows the meaning of the words "work” and "effort”.
As well as helping repair heavy equipment, he also holds several licences, including his HCV and forklift tickets, and when he isn't fixing damaged vehicles he is, as driver of Brianna's tow truck, recovering them.
He has also planned an interesting career path.
Brianna is a tight, family-owned business established by Mr Broomhall's grandfather some 40 years ago in the industrial city of Burnie, on Tasmania's northwest coast.
Now run by his father, Clint, it employs 11 people.
"We're more of a truck repair specialist business so if there's a truck smash or roll-over I normally get to go out, help get it back over (on its wheels) and bring it back (to the workshop),” he said.
"Then we pretty much fix it.”
That side of the job means he is on call 24/7, a situation that plays havoc with his sleep patterns and social life, but if it is hard for the young man he is not complaining too much.
"I (might) go to bed at 8 o'clock then have to get up at 11 (to retrieve a wrecked truck), get back home at 2am and then have to start work at 6am at the workshop,” he said.
Mr Broomhall said there was no rhyme or reason to the recovery jobs, which averaged about 80 a year.
"Sometimes we'll go three weeks without a call out and then have to work three nights in a row,” he said.
Does his partner get annoyed with his nocturnal comings and goings?
"Sometimes she gets a bit crabby with me,” he laughed.
On the darker side of that ledger are the crashes themselves. Mostly the crash site has been cleared by the time he arrives but sometimes not, a hard situation for a young man.
"If it's a bad one, well, you try and forget it,” he said.
As well as handling accident repair work, Brianna also handles equipment repairs from the mines dotting Tasmania's rugged west coast.
"We do a lot of diggers and bigger trucks,” Mr Broomhall said.
"There's not as much as you'd think (from the mines) but we get a lot of large earthmoving equipment and stuff like that.”
So where does he see himself 20 years from now, when his dad has retired and he has taken over the day-to-day running of the business?
"Probably upstairs, in the office, (the business) handling a lot more trucks and with lots more workers,” he said.
"That's my plan anyway - less work for myself, plenty more work for others.”