Collector stacks up last time

IT’S a sight to behold – Kiama Village trolley collector Goran Velkoski  skilfully moving long rows of Woolies’ trolleys across the carpark – rain, hail or shine. 

On Sunday Goran hung up his flouro vest for the last time.

When news that popular Goran was moving on was posted on the Independent’s Facebook page at the weekend it attracted stacks of attention.

Around 1400 ‘‘views’’, 40 ‘‘comments’’ and more than 50 ‘‘likes’’ followed.

Goran said he was amazed by the number of people who went out of their way to call and see him at work. ‘‘People have been calling in to see me all weekend to thank me for my assistance and have even given me gifts like bottles of wine – it has been incredible,’’ he said.

Goran, 32, lives in Shellharbour and came to work in Kiama about 10 years ago after formerly working moving trolleys at Warilla Grove and immediately settled in.

 He was headhunted for a job in the construction industry and said he was looking forward to a new challenge

 “I was at work a while ago and a local builder approached me about a change of careers and I agreed straight away.

“It gives me a chance to work at a ‘real’ job and earn really good money – I just can’t wait, but will probably miss this place at first – who knows I might even pay a visit some time,” he added.

‘‘I had to get used to using the motorized trolley mover but I just loved it – everyone was so friendly,’’ he said.

‘‘I was at work a while ago and a local builder approached me about a change of careers and I agreed straight away.

‘‘I just can’t wait, but will probably miss this place at first – who knows I might even pay a visit some time.’’

Well wishes to Goran on Facebook

Tracy Hamilton: ‘‘He’s spending a week or two with his family and then he starts his new job in construction. There will never be another like him. .... I told him last week how much we’re going to miss him, and he replied with his little smile ‘‘I know’’.

Chadd Lucas: ‘‘This is a sad day for Kiama and a massive loss for Kiama Village... We can’t afford to lose athletes of this calibre.’’

Tash Tidswell: ‘‘Not having to worry about the kids while I return the trolley or not being scared to let go of the trolley on one of those ridiculous slopes all thanks to him for grabbing the trolley the second I’ve finished with it...very helpful!’’

Nicole Harris: ‘‘Omg that carpark is going to be ugly without him there over the next few months! He will be missed, such a hard worker and a nice guy, good luck to him in his new job and I hope he is happy with whatever he’s doing:)’’

Jenny Keenan: Aww he’s amazing and very helpful at times ..miss u already ..good luck.’’

Melinda Ellis : ‘‘Many a trolley he collected straight from me on that sloping hill...thanks Goran!’’

Ben Swanenberg: ‘‘Leaving in peak season and avoiding the madness. He is wise as well as hardworking.’’

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