Swapping life aboard a yacht for a spot of driving

Friday 1 September, 2017

Tim Balfour might clock up 600km in a day in his role as a fuel delivery and field mechanic for Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW).

As the sole person employed in this role, Tim’s job takes him to all corners of the Goulburn and Murray regions as he travels to various GMW worksites.

“I travel all over the region. As a trained mechanic, I also do repairs in the field depending on the size of the job and if it is safe and practical to do it on site,” Tim said.

“If my fuel run finishes early and I don’t have any maintenance or repairs to do out in the field, I can fill in the rest of the day doing machine maintenance in the workshop if there are tasks to complete.”

Tim said the role is a far cry – and a welcome change - from his previous fly-in fly-out roles to various mine sites in Western Australia and Queensland.

“I also spent the previous six months working on a yacht, which was traveling from Townsville around the top of Australia and back down to Fremantle,” he said.

“So I was ready to plant my feet and enjoy being home again.”

He said despite the fog and rain in recent months while he’s out on the road, he enjoys the freedom of the hours he works.

“I’m a bit too used to a 4am wake up from my work in the mines.”

Outside of work, you’ll probably find Tim enjoying the great outdoors – mostly golf, and sometimes camping, fishing or water skiing.

“I enjoy being based at home now so I can spend time with family and friends. Socialising and catching up with mates for a beer is always nice.”