One woman’s initiative and practical thinking is helping unemployed Queensland Nickel workers move into the sugar cane industry.
Angie Bramwell’s husband is one of more than 500 people who lost their job at the refinery after Queensland Nickel went into voluntary administration last month.
Ms Bramwell saw refinery workers out of work, and that cane contractors needed workers, and became a conduit to connect the two.
“The cane season starts off with the harvesting of cane on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June,” Ms Bramwell said.
“Most of the recruiting will start this week for the next two to three weeks.
“I’m volunteering my time to do the recruiting and the connecting between the employers.
“I’m not trying to take work off locals. If there’s returning seasonal workers, by all means, take them.
“What I’m trying to do is get those excess-to-requirement local jobs and get these Townsville people into them.”
Ms Bramwell saw that many workers were not confident enough to approach cane contractors, so she decided to help.
She has also been helping retrenched workers get practical qualifications such as a heavy rigid truck licence for sugar cane haulage work.
“From our little backyard in Ayr, I thought damn it, I can do anything. We’re all in the same boat,” she said.
“People need money to pay their bills. And people need jobs even for their self esteem and also for the finances.
“It’s able to be achieved by getting people into sugar cane. It’s giving them a period of five to six months’ work.”
Ms Bramwell can be contacted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Source – ABC