Out of work ‘Deano’ just wants a start
IT WASN'T a good Christmas for South Ballina's Dean "Deano" Hill.
He is currently unemployed and he hates it.
"It's really tough, you know," he said.
"You can't afford to buy presents and it's very depressing ... being on the dole is bloody awful. You just can't live on $500 a fortnight."
That's why he is making a last-ditch effort to find a job.
Yesterday he set up on the side of the old Pacific Hwy, now River St, with a sign saying "WORK WANTED".
And he hasn't gone unnoticed.
"I did this a couple of weeks before Christmas and I got a day's work with a local pest controller, then I got a week of work doing some fencing," Deano said.
"Then today a woman stopped and said she needed some gardening done.
"I told my mates I was going to sit on the highway with a sign. I'm swallowing my pride.
"But I don't want to sit around feeling sorry for myself.
Deano used to do hard labouring work until he hurt his back.
Since then he worked in the mines in Emerald, but found it difficult to get accommodation, so he has returned to Ballina, where he has lived since 1977.
He has experience working with cane, labouring and driving machinery and will "give anything a go".
"I've been on the dole for two months and I've had enough," he said.
"I just need someone to give me a go."