Jigsaw timber puts call out for work
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.