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Greener solutions through employment

NQ Green Solutions, a sub-branch of NQ Employment, is working to bridge the gap for people experiencing barriers to employment while helping the planet in the process. Since its inception in 2019, the social enterprise has gone from strength to strength and is now a central hub for recycling in town, with over 14 million […]

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NQ Green Solutions, a sub-branch of NQ Employment, is working to bridge the gap for people experiencing barriers to employment while helping the planet in the process.

Since its inception in 2019, the social enterprise has gone from strength to strength and is now a central hub for recycling in town, with over 14 million containers exchanged for 10-cent refunds in the last two years.

Mark Haynes, the CEO of NQ Employment and NQ Green Solutions, said the team is delighted by the initiative’s success, which has seen the company move to bigger premises on Robert Street to meet demand.

“NQ Green solutions is a social enterprise, a business run mainly for people with disabilities, injuries or health conditions, or someone experiencing barriers to employment. We also offer employment opportunities for Senior School Students on Saturday mornings and during school holidays,” said Mr Haynes.

“We’re a not-for-profit organisation, and we were originally operating out of a building on the corner of Graham and Spiller Streets, but we’ve now outgrown that, which is great.”

Burdekin site manager Brendan Ford explained that the organisation works within the Containers for Change scheme, encouraging recycling in the community by providing a 10-cent refund for every eligible beverage container returned.

“We had seen efforts to expand locally with the Containers for Change program, and basically, we took that concept with both hands, and it’s just gone from there, and gone ahead in leaps and bounds,” said Mr Ford.

“We’ve had a really good response from the local community.”

The initiative has taken off, with NQ Employment clients enjoying their new community-facing roles, assisting with the collection and repayment of the containers.

“It’s just exploded, really, and we have had a lot of interest. It’s all about expanding now, and obviously, as a not-for-profit, we’re not about making a killing from it; it’s about giving people employment opportunities,” said Mr Ford.

“We do work with disadvantaged people who are experiencing that either due to a health condition or different circumstances, and we help them get into the workforce.

“We teach them the basics about entry-level working, things like punctuality and work ethic, and we pay them award wage.”

He said that the initiative has further-reaching benefits from the community than just providing jobs by encouraging conversations about waste and recycling to better the planet.

Local schools have even gotten on board with their own container collecting initiatives. The NQ Green Solutions team has shared anecdotes of kids setting saving goals by determining the number of cans required to buy their dream pushbike or treat.

“I think it is teaching some valuable lessons to students as well, and I have had discussions with teachers about projects that teach students about recycling, reusing and sustainability,” said Mr Ford.

“We’re spending money locally and creating businesses locally, employing locals as well, and we’re giving back to the community in any way that we can.”

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Burdekin Readers & Writers launches initiative to raise awareness around domestic violence

Inspired by investigative journalist Jess Hill’s book ‘See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse’, the Burdekin Readers and Writers Association (BRW) with Zonta International are taking on a challenging initiative in 2022 to raise awareness around domestic violence. Jess’ book, and the subsequent SBS documentary series, delves into the subject of...

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Inspired by investigative journalist Jess Hill’s book ‘See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse’, the Burdekin Readers and Writers Association (BRW) with Zonta International are taking on a challenging initiative in 2022 to raise awareness around domestic violence. Jess’ book, and the subsequent SBS documentary series, delves into the subject of…

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The Water Festival is back, but not as you knew it.

President of the Water Festival and the Rotary Club of Ayr, Shane Moon, announced this week that the conclusion of the new festival would be held at the Ayr Showgrounds, in a COVID-friendly twist on the traditional line-up. He said that instead of the Street Parade down Queen Street, the Ayr Showgrounds would be set...

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President of the Water Festival and the Rotary Club of Ayr, Shane Moon, announced this week that the conclusion of the new festival would be held at the Ayr Showgrounds, in a COVID-friendly twist on the traditional line-up. He said that instead of the Street Parade down Queen Street, the Ayr Showgrounds would be set…

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Community acknowledges National Police Remembrance Day

QPS Police Chaplain Mr Horst Sauer opened the service, held September 29, followed by an address from Police Commissioner Inspector Glenn Doyle. Insp Doyle thanked members of the community, including Queensland Ambulance Service members, councillors and those who have lost loved ones in the service.  “Every officer takes a considerable risk every day they go...

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QPS Police Chaplain Mr Horst Sauer opened the service, held September 29, followed by an address from Police Commissioner Inspector Glenn Doyle. Insp Doyle thanked members of the community, including Queensland Ambulance Service members, councillors and those who have lost loved ones in the service.  “Every officer takes a considerable risk every day they go…

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Retiring after 150 years of nursing

Fifty years later, with a combined experience of almost 150 years, they’re hanging up their uniforms for good and enjoying a well-earned retirement.  They reminisce on the early days of completing their hospital training as young teenagers living in nursing housing adjacent to the ward.  Jan Towning, who completed her nursing training in a hospital...

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Fifty years later, with a combined experience of almost 150 years, they’re hanging up their uniforms for good and enjoying a well-earned retirement.  They reminisce on the early days of completing their hospital training as young teenagers living in nursing housing adjacent to the ward.  Jan Towning, who completed her nursing training in a hospital…

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Reader contribution highlight: Michael Caspanello

In 2005, with a passion driven by the importance of water to the community and a strong desire to ensure a future in the Burdekin for his family, Michael nominated and was elected as a Director on the South Burdekin Water Board. Later that same year, Michael took on the position of Deputy Chairperson under...

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In 2005, with a passion driven by the importance of water to the community and a strong desire to ensure a future in the Burdekin for his family, Michael nominated and was elected as a Director on the South Burdekin Water Board. Later that same year, Michael took on the position of Deputy Chairperson under…

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Faces of the Burdekin: Chris Patrick

Burdekin Theatre manager Chris Patrick has met some weird and wonderful people during his various stints running theatres across regional Queensland.  The Brit from Bournemouth had been running pubs and hospitality venues in the UK before opting for a career change of a more theatrical nature and falling in love with the Australian country’s lifestyle....

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Burdekin Theatre manager Chris Patrick has met some weird and wonderful people during his various stints running theatres across regional Queensland.  The Brit from Bournemouth had been running pubs and hospitality venues in the UK before opting for a career change of a more theatrical nature and falling in love with the Australian country’s lifestyle….

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Queen Cailin

Cailin Betteridge remembers the day, in 2018, she was crowned the Home Hill Harvest Festival Charity Queen, proud to be representing the Burdekin Netball Association as its festival nominee.  Now, she’s part of the festival again, mentoring the newest round of nominees looking to win the Personality and Charity Queen titles.  “Once you do win...

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Cailin Betteridge remembers the day, in 2018, she was crowned the Home Hill Harvest Festival Charity Queen, proud to be representing the Burdekin Netball Association as its festival nominee.  Now, she’s part of the festival again, mentoring the newest round of nominees looking to win the Personality and Charity Queen titles.  “Once you do win…

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Ayr State High is going back to 80s Rock

It’s going to be big hair, big songs and big personalities at the Burdekin Theatre this September 10-11, as Ayr State High School get ready to perform their most foot-tapping production yet. Rock of Ages is an 80s-tastic musical featuring rock songs that defined the musical era and will have the audience singing along to...

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It’s going to be big hair, big songs and big personalities at the Burdekin Theatre this September 10-11, as Ayr State High School get ready to perform their most foot-tapping production yet. Rock of Ages is an 80s-tastic musical featuring rock songs that defined the musical era and will have the audience singing along to…

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Teenager has the stamp of a champion

Luke Jack is a 17-year-old who has played rugby league since he was five, and with every passing season, he simply gets better and better. He is captain of the Ignatius Park College first grade team in Townsville. Iggy Park isn’t the only one to notice Luke’s leadership qualities as he also captained the Under...

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Luke Jack is a 17-year-old who has played rugby league since he was five, and with every passing season, he simply gets better and better. He is captain of the Ignatius Park College first grade team in Townsville. Iggy Park isn’t the only one to notice Luke’s leadership qualities as he also captained the Under…

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