Business

Indigenous staff eager: Employer

Warwick Sandblast and Powder Paint owner Stephen Batterham is joining with Mission Australia in the Indigenous Employment Strategy.
Warwick Sandblast and Powder Paint owner Stephen Batterham is joining with Mission Australia in the Indigenous Employment Strategy. Georja Ryan

STEPHEN Batterham had nothing but positive things to say about his experience with indigenous employees which is why he has joined with Mission Australia in their Indigenous Employment Strategy.

As owner of Warwick Sandblast and Powder Paint, Mr Batterham has had previous indigenous employees and said getting involved with this initiative was good for the community.

"Some people in the area discriminate against employing indigenous people but I find them very good and eager," he said.

"Mission Australia is very helpful and, when they help someone get a job, they check up on them and follow it through."

Mr Batterham encouraged other businesses in the Southern Downs to join the initiative to help Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander members of the community march into the workforce.

Queensland IES sales representative Catriona Arthy said now was the time to hire indigenous workers because they were the way of Warwick's future.

"The indigenous working age population is growing at almost double the rate of the total working age population," Ms Arthy said.

"The ageing population is particularly evident in Warwick where there are less than two people of working age for every person over the age of 65.

"Indigenous people, now more than ever, are the workforce of the future in Warwick," she said.

Other businesses joining IES include APN Print, Wickham Freight Lines, Southern Downs Regional Council and Canterbury Meats.

 

GET INVOLVED

To get involved with IES, phone Mission Australia on 131124.

Topics:  jobs mission australia warwick



Fire crews called to John Dee

The alarm was triggered shortly before 3.30pm

The firefighters were called to the abattoir at 3.30pm.

Termites devastate Southern Downs park shelters

Shelters made unsafe by termite damage dismantled

7 epic Airbnb getaways on the Southern Downs

Wouldn't you like to stay here for a night or two?

Hey, don't you deserve a getaway?

Local Partners

Clifton in election carve up

Clifton could become part of a new seat by the next Queensland election in a shake-up of political boundaries.


Cricket and drag racing in the news on Southern Downs

Drag organiser Matthew Loy.

Weekend action will include cricket and drag racing

4 things you can't miss this week

Winners Stunned Mullets and runners-up Marbuck's XI after the final of the Condamine Sports Club Australia Day Cricket Carnival. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News

Here are 4 things you can't miss this week

Events you need to be at this week...

Andrew Lange races at Warwick Dragway.

No Prep Kaos drag racing open to all

Why Emma Watson turned down Cinderella

Emma Watson in a scene from the movie Beauty and the Beast.

HARRY Potter star has standards when it comes to Disney princesses.

Wonder Woman a ‘disjointed disaster’, says DC insider

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

INSIDER says the much-hyped blockbuster will disappoint.

Kid nails Swift impersonation

Seven-year-old Xia Vigor nails Taylor Swift impersonation on the Philippine talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

TAYLOR Swift has a seven-year-old doppelganger.

Ariana Grande 'hardest working 23-year-old on Earth'?

Ariana Grande

Not everyone was impressed with Grande’s self-proclaimed work ethic

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!