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Mitchell: Arborist, Moonee Ponds

Mitchell: Arborist, Moonee Ponds

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VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Interview with Mitchell Shellie: Talking about his job as an arborist
Mitchell Shellie standing on a suburban street, dressed in work clothes, construction signage and truck in the background.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie standing on a suburban street, dressed in work clothes, construction signage and truck in the background.

Graphic on screen: Arborist Mitchell Shellie Moonee Valley Council Moonee Valley

AUDIO: To become an arborist; well, you need a love of working outside; be physically fit and just always alert and on your toes.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie moving cut-down branches for disposal.

AUDIO: Well, for me working in the council, it’s the consistent hours from seven in the morning till four in the afternoon.

VIDEO: Council arborist inspecting trimmed tree from a cherry picker.

AUDIO: Well, the main tasks that I take up being the council arborist as an apprentice is pruning trees, uplifting, removing hazardous and dead trees, clearing from the service and power lines.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie picking up branches and feeding them into a mobile chipper.

AUDIO: Clearing trees from obstructing signs as well, so when you’re driving past you’re able to see them. And yeah, picking up branches when they fall off and putting them through the chipper.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie standing on a suburban street, dressed in work clothes, construction signage and truck in the background.

AUDIO: Um, me favourite part about being and arborist is I reckon going up in the bucket and cutting at heights.

VIDEO: Council arborist in a cherry picker, trimming branches with a small chainsaw.

AUDIO: And climbing every now and again; going up, just on your bit of rope, walking out on limbs with your chainsaw and just pruning.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie standing on a suburban street, dressed in work clothes, construction signage and truck in the background.

AUDIO: It’s a bit scary at first but once you get over the nerves it’s quite enjoyable.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie is watching his colleague up in the cherry picker while another council arbourist is raking up twigs and small branches at the base of the tree.

AUDIO: I knew I’d learn about some trees throughout the apprenticeship; with being an arbourist, but it’s just amazing how much information you retain after just a little bit of classing.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie cutting branches with an extendable pole saw.

AUDIO: How they’re teaching you all the different species; all the types of families that the trees come from; all the different kinds.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie standing on a suburban street, dressed in work clothes, construction signage and truck in the background.

AUDIO: Just for instance, we’ve got the tree here; it’s a lophostemon. And the one just behind us that we did the pruning on just before; that was a Fraxinus angustifolia – sub-species oxycarpa. Also commonly known as the desert ash.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie trimming branches with an extendable pole saw while council arborists watch on.

AUDIO: It’s definitely a job that requires passion for it. You may not think at the start but it will grow on you.

VIDEO: Mitchell Shellie standing on a suburban street, dressed in work clothes, construction signage and truck in the background.

AUDIO: I reckon it’s completely important to enjoy what you’re doing at work. Because if you’re not enjoying it and you’re not having fun, you’re not gonna want to rock up to work; where I want to rock up every day. I love it. No other way to put it.

VIDEO: (fade to black)
Graphic on screen: State Government Victoria Insignia
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
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