End of an era as jobs agency shuts

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Pil­bara em­ploy­ment agency Hed­land Per­son­nel has closed its doors after more than 23 years of help­ing peo­ple with high sup­port needs find work.

At its peak, the agency in Hed­land em­ployed nine staff, sup­port­ing about 120 clients to find and main­tain work with BHP, Coles, Wool­worths and other com­pa­nies.

For­mer HP man­ager Dianne Lovell said the agency took years to de­velop be­tween lo­cal fam­i­lies be­fore open­ing in 1997 and had grown ex­ten­sively dur­ing its life but ran out of fund­ing ear­lier this year.

“It is with much sad­ness to say good­bye to our very own Hed­land Per­son­nel that closed the doors on Oc­to­ber 31, 2018. So many mem­o­ries will be kept for­ever,” she said. “There was a need for it. “A group of fam­i­lies got to­gether and at that time, it was funded by Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Agency.”

The agency was later con­tracted and op­er­ated by Ash­bur­ton Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­nity.

“We were so thank­ful and so grate­ful to AAC as Hed­land Per­son­nel got to keep their doors open.

“It was a big change, but staff got through it and worked in well with AAC,” Ms Lovell said.

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