Keen to get back to work
JOHN Morgan will do anything and go to any lengths to find work.
The qualified nurseryman, who has experience as a labourer, has been without work for two weeks but has spent the past week standing with a sign in the Tweed Heads CBD trying to find a job.
Even yesterday's rain did not deter Mr Morgan from taking his proactive approach to finding more work.
“I have been working since I was 18, and this is the first time that I have not been able to find any work,” the 33-year-old Tweed Heads resident said.
“I was working for a nursery in Currumbin Valley, and I was part-time last year, but had been put back to casual. Then two weeks ago they said because of the economic climate they had no work for me.
“I spent the first week out of work bored; I have always worked, and being out of work was starting to affect my self- esteem, so I decided to do something about it.”
Passers-by have been supportive of Mr Morgan's initiative as he stands near the lights on the corner of Wharf and Florence Streets, with one driver calling out: “Good on you! I'd give you a job if I had one to give.”
Mr Morgan said he has had several people approach him with ideas for work, but was mindful that other people were in a worse situation.
“At least I'm single and don't have kids to support or a mortgage, and I get Centrelink payments.”
In another sign of the times, a handyman has set up a sign calling for work, fixed to the roof of his van on the Gold Coast Highway at Bilinga. To help Mr Morgan phone 5536 1080.