61-year-old gets thumbs up for his commitment to work
SUNSHINE Coast people are great.
"They wave, give you the thumbs up,"
Early on a hot Friday morning, with steam to ready rise from the asphalt on Sugar Rd, Maroochydore, that's just the sort of encouragement that a person presenting a job board to passing drivers needs.
"And some of them pull over and take your phone number for jobs," said a relatively cheerful and always hopeful John Otter.
The fit 61-year-old, single father of six has come up from South Australia to be closer to some his children.
And he believes that rather than hiding his age, being upfront brings the best results.
"I think people appreciate you being honest," he said.
He said he always been a painter and owned his own business.
But in the last five years, his battle had turned to overcoming a bout of ill health and staying close to his kids.
He had overcome his health issues and now was a regular jogger and cyclist.
And he had come to the Coast to be closer to family members.
A similar attempt to gain work before Christmas had provided a good deal of casual work, but that had all dried up.
"I really need regular work," he said.
"Even three days a week regular work, - I just want it to be regular," he emphasised.
Just to prove local generosity, a youngish driver in a black 4WD pulls up.
"Can you polish metal," he calls to John through the window.
No, John can't do that, but he reckons there are plenty of other things he can do.
"I'm bit of a handyman," he said.