MIND YOUR BUSINESS | Mechanic mixing with the best at National Skills Contest

KEEP ON TRUCKIN': West Orange Motors’ service technician Robert Barber. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN
KEEP ON TRUCKIN': West Orange Motors’ service technician Robert Barber. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

ONE of West Orange Motors’ service technicians will be one of six finalists at the Hino National Skills Contest in Sydney on Thursday. 

Robert Barber has been a mechanic for 10 years, taking on Hinos three years ago, and he has reached the annual finals ever since. 

During the contest, he will undergo a series of challenges.

“They’ll put faults into the trucks and within the time period, you’ve got to find out what’s wrong with the truck and fix it,” he said.

Points earned will help him secure a place in the final stage of the competition.

HAPPY TO HELP: Valuer Graydon Staniforth started Property Central Buyers Agency last year. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

HAPPY TO HELP: Valuer Graydon Staniforth started Property Central Buyers Agency last year. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

GRAYDON USES EXPERIENCE IN BUYER’S AGENCY

HE’S been a valuer for 10 years, but Graydon Staniforth has been taking a more hands-on approach to property after friends asked him to help them find their dream home.

He started Property Central Buyers Agency in September last year and said while 60 per cent of his clients were from other regional centres and Sydney, looking to move to the region, 40 per cent were locals.

“The market has become more competitive, especially with people from Sydney relocating, so we can help people get into the property market and buy at the right price,” he said.

For more information on the business’s services head to the website here.

ON SONG: Robert Cleary entertaining some youngsters at Waratah Early Learning Centre. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

ON SONG: Robert Cleary entertaining some youngsters at Waratah Early Learning Centre. Photo: CARLA FREEDMAN

ROBERT TAKING HIS MUSICAL CALLING TO THE KIDS

KEEN to make music his career, Robert Cleary has been sharing his talent with young children in preschools and daycare centres.

His program, Sing, Rattle and Roll uses nursery rhymes and percussion to develop children’s social and movement skills.

“I love the energy of children, they’re great to work with,” he said.

Already conducting sessions at Yarrawong, Courallie and Waratah early learning centres, Mr Cleary hoped to expand into playgroups.

WORTH LISTENING TO: Charles Sturt University's Dr Stacey Jenkins and Pulse HR specialist Tamara James will speak at the session.

WORTH LISTENING TO: Charles Sturt University's Dr Stacey Jenkins and Pulse HR specialist Tamara James will speak at the session.

EXPERTS TO DELIVER BUSINESS STAFFING MASTERCLASS

CHARLES Sturt University will hold a free recruitment masterclass for Orange businesses next Thursday evening, August 30 at the Hotel Canobolas.

It will be presented by Dr Stacey Jenkins, a lecturer in the CSU School of Management and Marketing, and Pulse HR specialist Tamara James.

Businesses will hear from the experts about the employee life-cycle, return on investment, and removing stress surrounding people management.

To book, visit CenWest Innovate’s Facebook page here.

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