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Full-time search for just part-time work

TAKING to the streets in search of work has become a sign of the times as unemployed locals struggle to find suitable jobs.

Yesterday the Tweed Daily News caught up with some of them to see how their plight for help went.

  • Kirra residents Rhys Anbrose, 18, and Dave Calcutt, 24, were so desperate for work in February this year they scrawled “seeking employment” messages across their surfboards.

The two Welshmen staked out the busy Gold Coast Highway at Tugun between 5.30am and 9am for several days before securing casual work as gardeners in Surfers Paradise.

  • Desperately in need of work to care for his sick father, Tweed Heads South resident Dee Worland, 22, took to Minjungbal Drive in Tweed Heads South for three days to advertise himself back in May.

Since then he has been working for a local resort owner doing casual maintenance work and car detailing about once a week.

Mr Worland is currently studying a horticulture certificate at Kingscliff TAFE and is still looking for full time work. Anyone with work to offer Mr Worland can contact him on 0432 438 740.

  • Qualified nursery man and labourer John Morgan, 33, found six days of work as a gardener and other odds jobs after he stood outside Hungry Jacks on Minjungbal Drive in Tweed Heads with a sign.

Mr Morgan said he is still looking for a more permanent job and is disappointed when potential employers who approach him on the street do not call back.



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