Peak hour desperation
STANDING on Minjungbal Drive pleading for employment during peak hour traffic yesterday was the most embarrassing act of Noel Kreutzmann's life.
But it was a necessity, according to the Piggabeen resident, who moves into his tenth week looking for work and grows ever more anxious over his future as bills and rent pile up.
The 46-year-old began his self-motivated campaign to get any work, any where yesterday and vowed to return today and every other day until he lands a job.
He positioned himself on the Tweed Heads South road, opposite the Home Mart Centre to get traffic exiting the Pacific Highway from both north and south bound lanes.
“I just need help,” Mr Kreutzmann said.
“I've seen people do this before and I'm hopeful it will work for me.
“I had a job lined up but it went belly up. I'm running out of money. I have two golden Labradors and I visit my elderly mother several times a week.”
Mr Kreutzmann has 30 years experience in the building industry, mostly as a sub contractor. Work has rarely been steady for him.
His main areas are tiling and plastering but he said he is capable for any job.
Mr Kreutzmann said he decided to take to the streets when he exhausted all other options.
He had meetings with Centrelink and Tursa Employment & Training in hopes they would find him work in the past two weeks.
“I was hoping to get there earlier to catch all the construction workers driving in to town,” he said.
“I really need a job. I promised my dogs a good life and I'm going to give it to them.”
A passing motorist from Tweed Heads, who did not want to be named, said it was a dire situation for Mr Kreutzmann.
“My heart just sank for the guy when I saw him,” the man said.
Anyone who can offer Mr Kreutzmann work can contact him on 0412 627 915 or (07) 5590 9029.