Harry's a cut above the rest
LUCK, according to Harry Walker, is not about fate, karma or coincidence.
Instead, those who are lucky create good fortune in their lives.
It was precisely that attitude which allowed him to notice and, more importantly, act upon a chance opportunity to start his own treelopping business.
"I'm a ringer cum concreter cum treelopper,'' Harry explained moments after lopping a large palm at Norms Car Sales in North Rockhampton yesterday.
"I've been doing this for 10 years.''
At this point I was keen to know how Harry had made the transition and taken his career to a higher level so to speak.
"It was luck really,'' he continued.
"I started off working for another treelopper. I learned to climb and then an opportunity arose. There was enough demand for another treelopper in Rockhampton so I naturally filled the void. I just put myself in the right place at the right time.''
And he hasn't looked back.
"Ten years ago I started with an XF Falcon, a car trailer, and a chainsaw.''
Today, Harry Walker Treelopping employs seven other people and consists of three trucks, as many chippers and is growing all the time.
"We're just growing the business to handle the storm season,'' Harry said.
For the record, the highest tree Harry has climbed and lopped was a 30 metre (100ft) pine tree at Mount Morgan. "I've still got photos of it at home.
"It took five men a full day, (to get it) right down to a stump.''
As for the weirdest job he has done?
"A family from Yeppoon called me to get their cat down from a big gum tree.
"It kept climbing up and sat in a fork about 60ft (18 metres) up and wouldn't come down.
"Then there was the time me and a mate had to rescue a pet galah.''
Harry said the people of Rocky and surrounds had made him what he was.
"I love it here.
"But I have all my past and present clients to thank for that.
"It just goes to show you what you can do if you get off your butt and have a go.