Mower Mark has job cut out for him
YOU would hope Mark Zickar has had a good holiday because come today things are about to get a bit hectic.
He has spent the past 10 days relaxing while spending time with his family, but ever since the rain started falling across Rockhampton his phone has been ringing off the hook.
The recent heavy rain has caused household lawns and the grassy verges on the highway to grow just about out of control.
And Mr Zickar is just the man to get bring it all back under control.
The owner of All State Mowing and Slashing will be sending five crews out in force today across the entire region.
Some will be mowing domestic lawns, some heading to Mount Morgan and others driving tractor slashers on the edges of highway.
Mr Zickar said it would be a busy first day back after the business closed down for the Christmas/New Year period.
He said even when they were closed they received a lot of calls.
“We’re putting extra people on – it’s going to be a busy week and month ahead of us,” he said yesterday.
Mr Zickar opened his commercial and domestic mowing business nine years ago when he moved to Rockhampton with his family.
Before he turned to cutting lawns for a living he was a qualified chef and truck driver.
He said he gave up those careers and chose one that would allow him to spend more time with his family, and Rockhampton was the perfect place to do it.
“Rockhampton has been good to us businesswise,” he said.
“It (the city) has a lot going for it. It’s a great place to bring the kids up and is a safe environment.”
Although Mr Zickar said his business was generally busy all year round, after it rained was particularly hectic.
He said they did a lot of his work with Rockhampton Regional Council, but after it rained domestic lawns grew out of control too.
“We find for a lot of people it (their yard) gets beyond them so they call us in to get it back to a manageable state,” he said.
“Everyone (all lawn businesses) will be snowed under this week. But if it keeps raining it will create other problems because we can’t work in the wet.”
The Bureau of Metrology predicts rains all week, but only in the form of small showers.
We’re putting extra people on – it’s going to be a busy week and month ahead of us