Young Tassie star re­warded

Big Rigs - - PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY MOORE TRAILERS PITTSWORT - Brent Dav­i­son

SOME of the big­gest crit­i­cisms lev­elled at to­day’s 20-some­things is that they are lazy, self-cen­tred and want ev­ery­thing now.

Ap­par­ently, Se­ton Broomhall failed to get that memo.

Mr Broomhall, an ap­pren­tice panel beater, works for the fam­ily-owned Brianna Tilt Trays and Towing busi­ness in Burnie, Tas­ma­nia, and was re­cently named the 2018 Tas­ma­nian Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion’s Gal­lagher In­sur­ance Trans­port In­dus­try Young Achiever, a fit­ting re­ward for his ef­forts.

At the ripe old age of 20, Mr Broomhall – now in his fourth and fi­nal year – knows the mean­ing of the words “work” and “ef­fort”.

As well as help­ing re­pair heavy equip­ment, he also holds sev­eral li­cences, in­clud­ing his HCV and fork­lift tick­ets, and when he isn’t fix­ing dam­aged ve­hi­cles he is, as driver of Brianna’s tow truck, re­cov­er­ing them.

He has also planned an in­ter­est­ing ca­reer path.

Brianna is a tight, fam­ily-owned busi­ness es­tab­lished by Mr Broomhall’s grand­fa­ther some 40 years ago in the in­dus­trial city of Burnie, on Tas­ma­nia’s north­west coast.

Now run by his fa­ther, Clint, it em­ploys 11 peo­ple.

“We’re more of a truck re­pair spe­cial­ist busi­ness so if there’s a truck smash or roll-over I nor­mally get to go out, help get it back over (on its wheels) and bring it back (to the work­shop),” he said.

“Then we pretty much fix it.”

That side of the job means he is on call 24/7, a sit­u­a­tion that plays havoc with his sleep pat­terns and so­cial life, but if it is hard for the young man he is not com­plain­ing too much.

“I (might) go to bed at 8 o’clock then have to get up at 11 (to re­trieve a wrecked truck), get back home at 2am and then have to start work at 6am at the work­shop,” he said.

Mr Broomhall said there was no rhyme or rea­son to the re­cov­ery jobs, which av­er­aged about 80 a year.

“Some­times we’ll go three weeks without a call out and then have to work three nights in a row,” he said.

Does his part­ner get an­noyed with his noc­tur­nal com­ings and go­ings?

“Some­times she gets a bit crabby with me,” he laughed.

On the darker side of that ledger are the crashes them­selves. Mostly the crash site has been cleared by the time he ar­rives but some­times not, a hard sit­u­a­tion for a young man.

“If it’s a bad one, well, you try and for­get it,” he said.

As well as han­dling ac­ci­dent re­pair work, Brianna also han­dles equip­ment re­pairs from the mines dot­ting Tas­ma­nia’s rugged west coast.

“We do a lot of dig­gers and big­ger trucks,” Mr Broomhall said.

“There’s not as much as you’d think (from the mines) but we get a lot of large earth­mov­ing equip­ment and stuff like that.”

So where does he see him­self 20 years from now, when his dad has re­tired and he has taken over the day-to-day run­ning of the busi­ness?

“Prob­a­bly up­stairs, in the of­fice, (the busi­ness) han­dling a lot more trucks and with lots more work­ers,” he said.

“That’s my plan any­way – less work for my­self, plenty more work for oth­ers.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP HON­OUR: Se­ton Broomhall (far right) re­ceives his award at the Tas­ma­nian Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion gala din­ner.

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