Sydney Harbour Bridge painters wanted by NSW government
It’s a painting job that covers close to half a million square metres, so needless to say, you’re not going to be able to knock it off over a long weekend.
But if you manage to cover a loosey-goosey 18 thousand square metres or so, not every weekend but every year, then it’s highly likely you’re part of the painting crew on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. And the Bridge is needing more.
“There’s a big team required to keep the bridge up to date,” says the state’s Roads Minister John Graham, “and 7 painters jobs still require to be filled”.
It’s not the sort of gig some bloke who’s done the front fence recently should consider sticking their hand up for, especially if they suffer from vertigo.
“Probably the most crucial skill,” says the Minister, “is not being afraid of heights.”
Preparation for repainting the bridge is also not a job that can be done with a scraper.
Stripping her layers back is done through grit blasting, and getting to those difficult painting possies can sometimes look like a climb up the north face of the Eiger, with abseiling skills employed, along with the long reach of the cherry picker.
And there are three layers of undercoat to anoint, before the final lick of Sydney Harbour Bridge grey, a trademarked colour unavailable anywhere else but for the Bridge.
Neale Crawford is new boy in the crew, just six months with Her Majesty of Sydney.
“It’s a privilege to work on an iconic Sydney structure, that’s known world wide too.”
And on the other end of the long service spectrum, 32 year Bridge veteran Mirko Cerovac has loved the work so much, he convinced his sons Goran and Joe to both join the Bridge working crew.
“I recommended it for the older son, he’s now here 20 years, and then I recommended it to my younger son.”
All three remain wedded to the Bridge.
Applications for the seven painting roles close Monday, Her Majesty’s demanding appetite meaning an expected long tenure for her underlings.
“That final coat, that Sydney Harbour Bridge grey,” says Minister Graham, “finishes the job, and then the work starts again.”