As of 30 June 2015 South Burnett CTC’s Employment division will be changing. This division of CTC has been providing support to the unemployed from Blackbutt through to Rainbow Beach for many years under Australian Government contracts, most recently Job Services Australia. We were not successful in tendering to continue this service and our offices at 101 Youngman Street Kingaroy, 76B Lamb Street Murgon, 104 Mary Street Gympie and 11 Dolphin Avenue Tin Can Bay will be closing as of this date and although we will still have our Labour Hire Service we will no longer have our job board.
All other services within South Burnett CTC, our Youth and Family, Disability, Childcare, Foster Care and Housing will continue as normal. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for their support and well wishes through this transition period.
30 June 2015
Today marks the end of our Jobs Services Australia contract. Although we have been involved in initiatives to assist unemployed people since 1983 through training in work and life skills through various Local, State and Federal funding bodies it was not until the Job Network was created in 1996 by the Federal Government that we became an official Employment Service. In a series of three year contracts we have been more or less successful in getting a share of the “market”, with the latest incarnation we gained more than 65%. Lately we have had about 30 permanent full time employees in Tin Can Bay, Gympie, Murgon and Kingaroy devoted to giving the best possible service to job seekers and employers, including to many who would have been turned away as “ineligible” by other providers. By any standards we performed well, thanks to excellent leadership from manager Barb O’Hanlon, team leaders Barbara Sandbach and Debbie Nicolai and the many dedicated and hard working staff, ably supported by CTC Headquarters. I deeply regret that we have had to make so many staff redundant while rejoicing in the fact that the vast majority have found alternative employment. I regret equally deeply that “in the new world” many of our former clients will find it very hard to get assistance merely because they are not eligible – yet their need is as great as ever. However, the choice is not ours so we have to get on with doing what we can to improve the lives of people in the South Burnett. Barb O’Hanlon will continue to manage Gumnut Place. She will also continue to provide fee for service labour hire to a couple of big local employers while exploring the possibilities for more employment for people with disabilities through the NDIS. All other CTC programs and sections will continue business as usual and some exciting new initiatives are about to commence.
Today though I want to focus on expressing heartfelt gratitude to Barb and the Employment Services team for a job extremely well done on behalf of the Board, management and all CTCers. We all understand that the last few months have been gut wrenchingly difficult for you and everyone involved over so many years and we wish you the strength and resilience necessary to recover and go on to bigger and better things eventually. THANK YOU.
Nina Temperton, CEO