News

Endeavouring to employ disabled

Endeavour employee Daniel Rivers and Yeerongpilly customer service manager Carol Dickfos. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Endeavour employee Daniel Rivers and Yeerongpilly customer service manager Carol Dickfos. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

WACOL will be home to the state's largest workplace for people with a disability come May this year.

When construction is complete, more than 200 supported employees from Yeerongpilly and Wacol will be brought together in the $3 million Endeavour complex, creating Queensland's largest Australian disability enterprise.

The facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to be operated by employees with a disability - all in keeping with the strict regulations governing a commercial food packaging facility.

Inala resident and supported employee Daniel Rivers, who has worked at Yeerongpilly for 10 years, said he was looking forward to the move.

"The Wacol site is closer to home for me and I will have a nice place to work," he said. "I'm also looking forward to making new friends."

Mr Rivers is a line assistant in the licensed food packing room at Yeerongpilly, working to strict guidelines around hygiene and food packaging.

"I have learned lots of skills along the way about how to communicate with people and work safely, which has made me more confident at work," he said.

Commercial operations general manager Andrew Donne said each day he saw the confidence, self-esteem and sense of purpose that employment brought to a person with a disability.

"More than 45% of Australians with a disability live below the poverty line, with few employment opportunities available compared with other developed nations," he said.

"Endeavour Foundation is the largest employer of people with a disability in Australia and is committed to genuine employment opportunities for people with a disability in this region.

"Local Rotary Club members have seen first-hand the impact of employment opportunities for people with a disability and have already raised $80,000 towards this $3 million project."

CEO David Barbagallo said possible road and tunnel developments had also cast uncertainty over the Yeerongpilly service, and the time was right to build a roomier, modern site.

Topics:  endeavour foundation, wacol


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Teens to fight for Australia in Croatia

TOP REPRESENTATIVES: Jamie Hoare and Enrique Berrios, with their coach Stephen Kelly, will compete overseas at the Youth World Championships.

Teens to go up against the best from around the world in karate.

Sentimental find by police, is this yours?

The letter (pictured), along with other property of sentimental value was located on June 24 in a vehicle in North Ipswich.

Property in a vehicle in North Ipswich on June 24

Together we're united for 6.8m regional Australians

Fairgo for regional australia.

Open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and bill Shorten

Latest deals and offers

Jayde Kendall murder accused to plead not guilty

A DATE has been set for a committal hearing for the man accused of murdering Gatton teen Jayde Amanda Kendall.

Teens to fight for Australia in Croatia

TOP REPRESENTATIVES: Jamie Hoare and Enrique Berrios, with their coach Stephen Kelly, will compete overseas at the Youth World Championships.

Teens to go up against the best from around the world in karate.

Sentimental find by police, is this yours?

The letter (pictured), along with other property of sentimental value was located on June 24 in a vehicle in North Ipswich.

Property in a vehicle in North Ipswich on June 24

Together we're united for 6.8m regional Australians

Fairgo for regional australia.

Open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and bill Shorten

BLACK LUNG: 55-year-old Bowen Basin miner diagnosed

Black lung is and ongoing issue.

Fifty-five year old underground coal miner diagnosed

Learn to empower business with guest speaker

Damian Morgan will exchange ideas with some of West Brisbane and Ipswich business leaders during a series of free seminars he will be holding at The Lions Richlands on Thursday June 16.

Damian Morgan to speak at business leaders seminar

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward