Monto girl re­turns with fam­ily in tow

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­

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.

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