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A BUSI­NESS­MAN has closed his hair­dresser sa­lon be­cause he can’t find staff will­ing to work.

Gavin Short closed his Her­mit Park sa­lon Teddi’s Hair­dress­ing yes­ter­day af­ter 15 years in busi­ness.

He said it was a suc­cess­ful busi­ness but he couldn’t find hair­dressers to ser­vice the sa­lon’s 500 clients.

The clo­sure comes at a time when about one in 10 peo­ple are without a job in Townsville.

Mr Short and his wife Teddi Short also run a bar­ber­shop and shav­ing shop in the same cen­tre as the Char­ters Tow­ers Rd sa­lon which will re­main open.

Mr Short said he was disap- pointed to close the busi­ness. “We can’t find staff be­cause no one wants a job,” he said.

“We’ve ad­ver­tised ev­ery­where but peo­ple are more com­fort­able sit­ting on the dole than get­ting a job.”

He said un­em­ploy­ment in Townsville was at the high­est level he’d seen.

“I would have thought it would be easy to find staff,” he said.

“Hair­dress­ing is a good ca­reer and we’re good em­ploy­ers.”

Mr Short, whose fam­ily has been in busi­ness in Townsville for about 150 years, said he of­fered staff gen­er­ous wages.

“I pay ev­ery­one above the award,” he said.

Mr Short said he wanted to sell the busi­ness but had re­ceived no in­ter­est.

“I was happy to give it away to some­one who is young and keen and wants to take on our client base but we haven’t been able to find any­one.

“For this to hap­pen at this time ( high un­em­ploy­ment) is very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We’re not fail­ing. It’s just there are no work­ers avail­able.”

Mr Short said he had to close the sa­lon to keep the bar­ber shops open.

Staff from the sa­lon will be trans­ferred to those stores.

On Fri­day the Bul­letin re­ported baker Frank As­p­land had been turned down by 10 job­seek­ers af­ter he of­fered them ap­pren­tice­ships.

Mr Short said he could re­late to Mr As­p­land’s sit­u­a­tion. “I feel for him too,” he said. “You re­ally want to have a go and give peo­ple jobs.”

Teddi Short gave the fi­nal hair­cut to cus­tomer Lorna Mead yes­ter­day.

Mrs Short said it was emo­tional day.

“It felt aw­ful, it wasn’t a happy af­fair,” she said.

“We tried hard to keep our busi­ness go­ing. It’s sad day for me.”

Townsville has the sec­ond high­est un­em­ploy­ment rate in Queens­land, recorded at 10.1 per cent in May.

The Queens­land Out­back re­gion has the worst rate at 13.2 per cent while 6.6 per cent of peo­ple in Cairns are without work.


CUT UP: Teddi's Hair­dress­ing owner Gavin Short can't find the staff to keep the busi­ness go­ing, so has to close.

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