Max the milko out to pasture
MAX Hartley has been a friendly face to West Coffs residents for the past 23 years during his milk run.
So his retirement at the end of the month will be a little sad for his loyal customers, but not for Max.
The 60-year-old is looking forward to take things a little easier, and he certainly won't miss the 4.15am rises.
Max was born and bred in the Coffs Harbour district and was seemingly destined to continue the proud family tradition of milk deliveries ? his grandfather, Jack, used to cart cream from Karangi to the old butter factory at the Jetty.
After a 15-year stint with the Rural Bank, which took him to Bellingen, Kempsey, Taree, Cowra and Walcha, Max bought a milk run in Dubbo which he kept for five years.
"I'd always wanted to have a milk run," Max said.
He returned to Coffs Harbour in the early '80s as a milk vendor, putting in 60 hours each week on his run.
"I've enjoyed being a milkman, meeting with my customers and shopkeepers," he said.
"It's been good to us financially and has helped to put my children through their education.
"I've enjoyed being outside in the fresh air and meeting people and seeing kids grow up."
But Max feels it's time to put his feet up and give his attention to things he hasn't had a chance to do.
"I'd like to visit people I haven't been able to visit. Being tied up with a milk run means you can't get away," he said.
He has no shortage of destinations to go to.