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Local Bloke… Zak Clark from Coogee

By James Hutton on December 25, 2017 in People

A moving tribute, by James Hutton

Coogee’s Zak Clark has been running Clark Removals for 20 years, taking the hassle out of what is quite possibly the world’s most annoying job. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in Coogee for 30 years. My family grew up here, I love the suburb, and I hope to stay for life.

What’s your favourite beach? Coogee Beach is my favourite. It’s so picturesque with the landscape, cliffs, and grassy areas. I actually proposed to my wife on the clifftops, so it’s a special place for me.

What’s your favourite eatery? The Coogee Pavilion is one of my favourites, I love their chicken burger and pizza; Barzura is excellent, with good food and a perfect spot to sit overlooking the water; you can’t beat Sugar Cane for high-end Asian food; Little Kitchen has the best coffee and breakfast.

Where do you like to have a drink? Again, the Coogee Pavilion. On a nice day, it’s spectacular up at the top bar and ground floor. The Coogee Legion Club is great for a beer too, it’s cheerful with a great community atmosphere.

Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The lifestyle. We are within walking distance of parks, stunning coastal walks, and the best beaches in the world, and we are blessed with the world’s most impressive variety of cuisine.

Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? Not being able to get a park, especially for my work trucks, and housing prices are astronomical, but I feel blessed to be so close to the beach.

What do you get up to on the weekends? I enjoy catching up with our families that all live locally, often over yum cha, which is a family tradition. Also, I enjoy walks with my wife along the waterfront and heading down to the Pavilion for a pizza.

Do you have a favourite sporting team? The Sydney Swans. I love to watch them play at the SCG, their games are always so fast and exciting. I love the NRL and the rugby union, but the AFL is my passion.

What music are you into at the moment? To be honest, I’m pretty open to all types of music, but I really enjoy house and rock. I saw Live in concert at the Hunter Valley recently, which was awesome.

Who is your favourite person? My wife, Kate. We met at the Coogee Palace over 12 years ago and we have been best mates ever since. She makes me laugh and we truly enjoy hanging out.

What do you do for work? I am the owner of a removal business called Clark Removals. I’ve been running the business for 20 years, predominantly in the Eastern Suburbs. I’m actively involved and I truly care about providing an excellent service and a hassle-free move for my clients.

What’s your favourite thing about work? Meeting new people every day and making their moving experience as stress-free as possible; getting to the end of a long, physical day and seeing my clients happy in their new homes. My team and I enjoy the physicality of the work as it helps us keep fit and healthy.

Do you have a favourite quote? “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? Get down to Coogee and go for a walk along the waterfront – if you head south it’s quieter and picturesque. And if you’re moving soon, give us a buzz and support a reliable local removal business.