Noel Kreutzmann with then-new boss Rob Billing from Wickford Pty Ltd in Burleigh yesterday.
Noel Kreutzmann with then-new boss Rob Billing from Wickford Pty Ltd in Burleigh yesterday. Blainey Woodham/ Tweed Daily News

Noel still on the job hunt

NOEL Kreutzmann will be back on the road today in his search for work after an unsuccessful job venture yesterday.

The 46-year-old Piggabeen resident landed a job as a ceiling insulation installer contracted to Burleigh electrical contractor Wickford Pty Ltd on Tuesday.

After a few hours on the job Mr Kreutzmann said it just was not for him.

“The money is not right for me,” he said.

His comments marked a dramatic change of heart, as earlier in the day he said it was a relief to be working.

“Beggars can't be choosers, it's dirty work but I just have to bite the bullet,” he said.

Mr Kreutzmann spent Monday morning on Minjungbal Drive in Tweed Heads South brandishing a “work wanted” sign with his contact details.

Mr Kreutzmann was spotted by an employee of Wickford who passed on the details for general manager Rob Billing.

Earlier yesterday Mr Billing said he was pleased with his newest employee.

“He rang me up on Tuesday, he came in for an interview and we signed him straight away.

“We're very happy to have him on.”

When contacted by the Tweed Daily News yesterday to confirm Mr Kreutzmann's employment status, Mr Billing said it was the first he heard of it.

“I haven't heard anything from Noel at all,” Mr Billing said.

“It's a bit strange he would call the paper but not us. We will wait until tomorrow.”

Mr Kreutzmann's work with Wickford was funded by the Federal government's Homeowner Insulation Program rebate.

Mr Kreutzmann originally said he was grateful he only had to spend a few hours out in the sun.

“I got a few other calls on the day but this was the best offer,” he said early yesterday.

Mr Kreutzmann has been in the building industry for 30 years.

Prior to yesterday he had been unsuccessful in searching for work for 10 weeks.

Mr Kreutzmann said he decided to take to the streets after he exhausted all other options and the bills began to pile up.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, the Australian unemployment rate for June was 5.8 per cent.

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