Butcher saves brother his job
A CASUALTY of the Normanby Bridge overpass being closed, Anthony Woolgast has this week lost his job as a butcher.
Mr Wolgast and his brother Michael both worked at Gold City Meats, which was hit hard by the overpass closure in August and, rather than seeing his brother lose his apprenticeship, Anthony put himself on the chopping block.
About a month ago, when he found out how bad business was, he offered to be the first to go if someone had to be laid off.
And although not happy that it had to happen, he knows it was not business owners Michael and Sonya Nettlefields' fault.
Now Anthony is looking for a job, but he is confident he will find something to support his two children aged two and 14 weeks.
He said it was emotional when he was told Wednesday would be his last day, but knew it was coming as the business had been running day by day to try and stay open. He hopes the overpass will be fixed soon.
Mr Nettlefield said it was an unfortunate decision, but he was just trying to keep afloat his business which had been in “dire straights” since the overpass closed and his passing trade was diverted to Kidd Bridge.
“We were cut up, but are doing as much as we can,” he said.
Mr Nettlefield said apprentice Michael's hours had been previously cut to 25 per week and his wife, Sonya, has taken another job so the business could save money.
He wanted to thank customers who had shown their support and said he appreciated the help.
He hopes new promotions and a Christmas ham prize will bring customers back.