Jig­saw tim­ber puts call out for work

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Mawarra’s dis­abil­ity en­ter­prise, Jig­saw Tim­ber In­dus­tries is putting a call out to busi­nesses to con­sider us­ing its tim­ber assem­bly and pack­ag­ing ser­vices to keep its 11 em­ploy­ers in per­ma­nent work.

Jig­saw, based at War­ragul, pro­vides sup­ported paid em­ploy­ment to peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity and has suc­cess­fully de­liv­ered ma­jor con­tracts to two large man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses for many years.

Mawarra chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gor­don Jamieson said a large con­tract to pack­age boxes had ended re­cently which had slowed work for staff.

“We are also con­cerned that work we pro­vide to the Hey­field-based Aus­tralian Sus­tain­able Hard­wood mill may slow down if the mill’s tim­ber al­lo­ca­tions are re­duced this year.”

He said now was the time to raise aware­ness of Jig­saw’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties as a not-for-profit dis­abil­ity en­ter­prise with a great track record of ser­vice.

“Last year, Jig­saw in­vested in an op­ti­mis­ing saw and pal­let lift­ing and rack­ing equip­ment to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety. Staff can cut tim­ber to any length, dock, split and strap tim­ber ready for pick up.”

Jig­saw staff make door jambs and tim­ber slat­ted gar­den screens, as well as sup­ply and pack fire­wood for sale in re­tail out­lets. The pack­ag­ing side of the busi­ness has in­volved as­sem­bling boxes, and fold­ing and pack­ing pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als such as posters and brochures.

“While our busi­ness con­tracts have been steady, the re­cent changes high­light our vul­ner­a­bil­ity and the need to at­tract new sources of work to keep our staff em­ployed.

“We are in­ter­ested in speak­ing to busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions or in­di­vid­u­als about their spe­cific needs re­lat­ing to tim­ber assem­bly or pack­ag­ing.

“Our aim is to build our work to keep peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties em­ployed in jobs that not only pro­vide a source of in­come but build skills and re­turn tremen­dous per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion to staff.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Mawarra’s Jig­saw In­dus­tries phone Jeff Tellef­son on 5624 3400 or visit: www.mawarra.org.au

Mawarra Jig­saw’s Tom Hill, Craig Downie and Cain Ludecke in the tim­ber en­ter­prise at War­ragul.

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