Bonnie is on the job find­ing jobs for others

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Alex Treacy alex.treacy@cnbtimes.com.au

MUNDUBBERA’S Bonnie Tre­van­ion wears many dif­fer­ent hats around town.

How­ever, one you might not know about is that she runs the Jobs North Burnett and Jobs North Burnett Back­pack­ers and Tran­sient Short Stay Work­ers Face­book groups, aim­ing to con­nect em­ploy­ers and po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees across the re­gion.

She cre­ated the first group in 2013 when she was a youth worker.

“It seemed like there was a real dis­con­nect be­tween be­ing able to get work and the ser­vices avail­able,” Mrs Tre­van­ion said.

While there was no short­age of em­ploy­ment agen­cies who of­fered ser­vices in the North Burnett, she believed many of them had a fo­cus in the larger cen­tres of Bund­aberg and Mary­bor­ough.

While she ac­knowl­edged that some of the agen­cies did good work, they were re­stricted in what they could do and where, for a va­ri­ety of com­mer­cial and prac­ti­cal rea­sons.

She saw it as a ques­tion of “en­thu­si­asm” in gen­uinely car­ing at a per­sonal level whether the re­gion’s youth found ful­fill­ing jobs.

“I was pas­sion­ate be­cause I was work­ing with dis­en­gaged youth and youth at risk of be­ing dis­en­gaged,” she said.

Work­ing with these chil­dren, Mrs Tre­van­ion re­alised that many of their par­ents were also un­em­ployed.

“I wanted to try and break the cy­cle,” she said.

“So I de­cided to do some­thing about it.”

She said that in the past year or so, North Burnett busi­nesses were be­gin­ning to en­gage more with the Face­book group, post­ing jobs di­rectly or alert­ing Mrs Tre­van­ion.

She said the re­sults of this height­ened en­gage­ment were be­gin­ning to show.

“I meet some­one ev­ery week who says they’ve got­ten a job (via the group),” she said.

“It’s re­ally cool.

“It does work.”

Jobs North Burnett cur­rently has 2060 mem­bers.

In Au­gust 2016, she opened the group to lo­cal not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to cre­ate posts seek­ing vol­un­teers as well.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about vol­un­teer­ing, I’ve done a lot in my life,” Mrs Tre­van­ion said.

“It gave me the ex­pe­ri­ence I needed to get full-time work.

“It looks great on your re­sume.”

The year be­fore, she cre­ated her sec­ond jobs group, aimed at back­pack­ers, “grey no­mads” and other itin­er­ant work­ers.

Mrs Tre­van­ion said that at her busiest last year, she per­formed 26 sep­a­rate roles within a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity groups, but she had taken a small step back this year.

That’s not to say she’s not still flat out: she is in­volved with the Mundubbera Suicide Pre­ven­tion Net­work, North Burnett Com­mu­nity Ser­vice, the New Life Cen­tre Mundubbera, the North Burnett Men­tal Health, Al­co­hol and Other Drugs Hub, and works as a fam­ily and com­mu­nity sup­port worker with Save the Chil­dren, as well as vol­un­teer­ing at Au­drey’s At­tic op shop.

Why be so busy? “I sin­cerely be­lieve we don’t live through any­thing for no rea­son,” Mrs Tre­van­ion said.

“I’ve been in­volved with the com­mu­nity for a long time.

“I hon­estly be­lieve ev­ery life story is a mes­sage for some­one who is yet to live it.”

PHOTO: ALEX TREACY

ON THE HUNT: Mundubbera com­mu­nity sup­port worker Bonnie Tre­van­ion runs the Jobs North Burnett Face­book page and be­lieves the page is mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence.

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