There are many colourful personalities at Cleanaway Warrnambool – and then there’s Con Wilson. This front lift driver has a surprising number of skills under his belt, some of which may come as a total surprise to those who don’t know him.
“I’m very handy with a needle! I took sewing classes when I was younger and worked in a haberdashery. You can count on me to whip up a pair of curtains on demand,” he said.
Con has been proudly wearing the Cleanaway blue for 14 years, ever since he made the switch from the auto industry.
“I was working with a tyre company in Stawell for more than 20 years. When they closed, an opportunity came up with Cleanaway Warrnambool which was known as Statewide Recycling at the time. It was something different, so I decided to apply. 14 years on, I have gone through the transition to Cleanaway, and I’m still here and loving every day!”
Looking at the bright side of life is another thing Con is known for. His motto is “Live every day and be happy. Don’t worry about tomorrow” and this shows through his daily engagements with customers.
“Our customers make each day interesting and different. My approach is to always keep the customer in mind when on the job. I make sure I service them, listen to them, and try to help them out. Without our customers, we would not be here.”
Con’s hobbies are just as interesting as the man himself. One of his pastimes – much to the amusement of his colleagues – involves a rather confused animal.
“The office staff enjoy listening to my rooster if they call me when I’m at home – he doesn’t quite understand the times of day and crows all afternoon!”
Despite the constant crowing, this self-professed David Bowie fan leads a fairly quiet life when off-duty.
“My wife, family and my first grandson are number one in my life. My wife often says, “All you ever talk about is work!” While I love my work I also enjoy my weekends at home pottering around.”
With characters like Con, it’s no surprise that dull days are few and far in between at Cleanaway Warrnambool.
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