Greg steered rewarding path

By EVAN SCHWARTEN ? PLANES, trains and automobiles . . . in the past 50 years, Greg Peterson has worked on or played with them all. Mr Peterson, 73, left school at 14, starting work as an apprentice mechanic at age 15.

By 23 (1955), Mr Peterson had started up his own business, Rockhampton Steering Service with partner James Marsh.

Mr Marsh died nine years later and Mr Peterson continued the business.

On Monday he will celebrate the business's 50th birthday. "It has always been a goal of mine to do this for 50 years,'' he said.

"I'm a little bit frightened of stopping.''

But while Mr Peterson said he often had to work long hours, family always came first.

He said his other passion was flying, saying instead of heading to the pub to de-stress he went for an afternoon flight some days.

One one occasion he was able to live out another dream, driving an electric train while on holiday in New South Wales.

"I just love the mechanical side of things.''

As if that does not sound busy enough, Mr Peterson has also had a long involvement with Red Cross and Blue Care, even helping turn the first sod at Blue Care's Gracemere Garden's residential care centre.

He said he would retire when he was able to sell the business citing plans to continue travelling around Australia.

"I'm looking forward to traipsing around some more.''

But he admitted he would miss his work immensely.

"I've never made a lot of money but it has been a good life.



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