EMPLOYEE STORIES – GAGE OWENS
In South Australia, Active Tree Services’ climber Gage Owen has no qualms about working at height and isn’t fazed by powerlines. But the looming shadow of a huntsman spider coming into view over the top of your work visor, well that takes a bit of getting used to, he says.
Gage is the leading hand on a crew of seven working in and around Adelaide for SA Power Networks. It’s a job that takes him everywhere from the city to rural areas, climbing trees with a harness and trimming around live power lines.
He’s been doing it now for about four years since arriving from England.
Gage explains he’d been working near Newcastle in the UK after studying a Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture when he decided to send his résumé to about 20 different arborist agencies.
The first one got back to him with the question: “Do you want to go to Australia?”
Only 19 at the time, Gage made the shift across the globe to fill a role as a contractor. When that position ended, Active offered him sponsorship to stay and work on their behalf. It’s a job that’s taken him from Western Australia to New South Wales and Victoria and, but by far his favourite place is South Australia.
“It’s really relaxed, there’s less traffic and not so much hustle and bustle. Everyday’s like a holiday and of course there’s the beach.”