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Job well done

Monday, 22nd January, 2018

Michael Harris shakes hands with Southern Cross Care’s new CEO Chris Wright as he says goodbye to the company he’s worked with for nearly 40 years. PICTURE: Kara de Groot Michael Harris shakes hands with Southern Cross Care’s new CEO Chris Wright as he says goodbye to the company he’s worked with for nearly 40 years. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

After nearly 40 years on the job Michael Harris said it’s about time to sit back and relax.

The gardener-slash-maintenance man first started work with Southern Cross Care when he was still a teen in the early 80s.

He was contracted to look after the grounds at Con Crowley Village, and did so for six years.

During that time he was made an employee of Southern Cross Care, and was eventually moved to the Centenary Nursing Home.

“I did 19 and a half years there, and then I was moved to St Anne’s when Southern Cross took it over,” Mr Harris said.

“I’ve been with them for 37 years now, all up.”

He said his main duties were looking after the grounds and the lawns, and making sure everything was healthy and alive, but he performed some basic maintenance as well.

“I actually planted a whole second stage of Con Crowley, all grass, by hand,” Mr Harris said.

“I did most of it myself over a period of months, reseeding the area.

“Maintenance was mostly just changing lightbulbs and tightening a few screws here and there, if we had any major repairs we’d get a contractor in.”

He said he’s always enjoyed his work, which is why he stayed with the company, but now he’s reached an age where he wants to sit back and relax.

“I always said when I reach 55 I was going to move on, and it’s my time,” Mr Harris said.

“I’m going to Melbourne to live, my wife is already there, we’re just going to enjoy things.”

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