Drugged? Do not ap­ply

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

‘‘All em­ploy­ers in the forestry in­dus­try are tak­ing health and safety very se­ri­ously be­cause, at the end of the day, it’s about peo­ple be­ing able to go home safely.’’

South Waikato mayor Jenny Shat­tock said she be­lieved Toko­roa was no worse than other ar­eas when it came to drugs, but sup­ported Hale and other em­ploy­ers tak­ing a stand.

‘‘As a com­mu­nity and as a coun­try we must make a stand against drugs. The blight of drugs in our com­mu­ni­ties needs a united re­sponse as it’s not only in the area of em­ploy­ment, drugs also play a ma­jor role in the in­ci­dence of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,’’ she said.

‘‘Our com­mu­ni­ties need to unite and ad­dress it to­gether.’’

Shat­tock said the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil would soon be con­duct­ing a skills gap as­sess­ment for the dis­trict which could see forestry train­ing cour­ses added to those of­fered at the South Waikato Trade Train­ing Cen­tre.

‘‘The re­sults will likely pro­vide some clar­ity around need and the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the South Waikato Trade Train­ing cour­ses and fa­cil­i­ties,’’ she said.

Hale en­cour­aged peo­ple to get in touch if they felt they had the right cre­den­tials for the job.

‘‘We just want some­one with a good brain and a good at­ti­tude. It doesn’t seem like a lot to ask for,’’ he said.

FILE PHOTO

G Hale Log­ging is look­ing for a drug free tree feller.

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