House With No Steps employees Rhonda Morrow (left) and Jamie Barling working in the Turning Point Cafe. The House With No Steps
House With No Steps employees Rhonda Morrow (left) and Jamie Barling working in the Turning Point Cafe. The House With No Steps

Jobs boost for House With No Steps

By Graham Broadhead news@northernstar.com.au

IT’S the support of the local community that Brett Lacey, regional general manager of the House With No Steps, says has provided more employment opportunities for people with a disability.

Mr Lacey last week announced the Federal Department of Family, Housing and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs had approved an increase in staff at the Alstonville House from 74 to 84. Three of the 10 new positions have already been filled.

Mr Lacey said the jobs available were in the fruit-packing shed, the Turning Point Cafe, the nursery, and as ground staff.

He said the past three years had seen the biggest growth in employment at the Wardell Road organisation, set up in 1972, increasing from 55 to the current staffing level of 84 people with a disability.

“It’s a position we haven’t been in all that often,” he said. “In the past there has been a waiting list.”

Mr Lacey said the Federal Government only provided 10 per cent of the costs for each employee with a disability, so the business had to be successful to allow more employment opportunities.

In the past few years there have been some big changes at the House With No Steps.

A water park was installed and a development application has been approved to extend the Turning Point Cafe to allow the House With No Steps to cater for large functions and conferences.

Work is expected to start in March. For information on the jobs available, phone 6628 0610.



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