Monto girl returns with family in tow
AMANDA Gorman has returned to the North Burnett with her husband (pictured), children and new business. With her family in tow, the Monto local says she will slip straight back into the beloved North Burnett lifestyle.
FOR Amanda Gorman, returning to the North Burnett to operate her business is an exciting, but nerve-racking experience.
“We’re taking a leap of faith,” Mrs Gorman said.
“And we’re praying we get the chance to show the Burnett what we can offer – quality fencing, designed for your needs and tailored to suit your budget.”
Mrs Gorman, previously Kerle, attended Monto State School before moving to Rockhampton Girls Grammar in Grade 6.
“My favourite memories would have to be skating at the old picture theatre in Monto, or my sister and I riding our horses into town and it being perfectly safe to do so,” she said.
“I love the sense of community in the Burnett.
“I particularly remember the Christmas markets and raffle night in the main street of Monto.
“It seemed like everyone from the whole region was there, and the atmosphere was electric, kids running around, friends catching up, homemade baked goods – I always looked forward to it.”
Mrs Gorman and her husband Jamie run Tuff Fencing, which provides rural fencing, yard building, mobile welding and post cutting services around Queensland.
“Jamie had been contract fencing for a number of years, until he landed a great subcontracting job out west, building rural gas-well fencing,” Mrs Gorman said.
“The work was tough and fast paced, and the skills he learned were life-changing.
“But, the drive-in drive-out lifestyle was wearing thin.
“Jamie was starting to feel like he was missing out on seeing our three-year-old boy, Hayden, and new baby girl, Georgia, grow up.
“So after a lot of late-night conversations, arguments, number crunching and panic attacks, Tuff Fences was born.”
Mrs Gorman said they will work anything from timber to steel.
“We design fences to suit the customer’s specific needs, or we’ll replicate existing fences so there is a consistent look,” she said.
“We particularly love building property entrances and lead-ins.
“There is some beautiful timber coming out of the Burnett. It’s going to be great to work with it a bit more.”
She said no job is too big or too small.
“Subcontracting on the gas wells was our biggest contract, but certainly not the most important,” she said.
“Some customers hire us to put in some steel pickets and mesh to keep their dogs in.
“Others will have us in for a month fencing their entire property. Everyone has different needs, and we’re here to make it happen.”
Tuff Fences is taking bookings from mid July.
“We’re already working on a few quotes which is a really positive sign,” Mrs Gorman said.
“Most farming families realise that they can claim an immediate 100% tax deduction for the cost of fencing.”
TUFF JOB: Amanda’s partner Jamie Gorman from Tuff Fences working on a fence.