Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Business Is Baby Number 5

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Business Is Baby Number 5

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CARLY

MORRISSEY

REPORTER

carly.morrissey@gympietimes.com

IT TOOK Curra man Chris Hulskamp a long time to adjust after losing his job over a year ago.

Back then he was working in Townsville and said he was fired for no reason.

aI had half a day's notice,a he said.

Mr Hulskamp said the boss told him one day he wanted him to leave and his fourth child Claire had just been born.

Since then it has been an adjustment to live on a lower income with four children to support.

aBut we're used to it now,a he said of wife Leigh and himself.

Now the long-term unemployed man is starting his own business and couldn't be more excited about the future.

The fully qualified motor vehicle mechanic, who has had 15 years experience working in mower shops, said he was a Briggs and Stratton master service technician and with those skills he had always intended to start his own business.

aBut I didn't know how to go about it,a he said.

He thought on-site ride-on mower repairs would work in Curra with a focus on outlying towns, like Glenwood and Kilkivan.

aI did research on repairs and they are usually four to six weeks behind,a he said.

Owning his own business is a lifeline for Mr Hulskamp.

aI was fired for no reason. I didn't know what I would do, we had been living day to day. It was hard with four kids. It took my breath away.a

Now when business picks up, the family will be in a better postilion to save money after living on a strict budget for such a long time.

aIt certainly hasn't been easy financially. But I work better for myself.a

The family moved to Curra two months ago and with the help of CTC employment Mr Hulskamp secured a grant through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme to get his business off the ground.

Together with wife Leigh, who is a partner in Mr Hulskamp's repair business, he will receive about $500 a week for income support, uniforms some tools and advertising. …

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