Pro­ject cre­ates new busi­ness

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera dis­abil­ity ser­vice provider Wood­bine has launched a new prod­uct range fea­tur­ing re­cy­cled tim­ber.

Wood­bine-sup­ported em­ploy­ees, un­der the di­rec­tion of Aus­tralian Dis­abil­ity En­ter­prise su­per­vi­sor Des Roberts and staff mem­ber Todd Dempsey, have launched New Life Fur­ni­ture by Wood­bine.

A team hand­crafts each piece of fur­ni­ture into unique de­signs us­ing pre­dom­i­nantly re­cy­cled tim­ber. Pieces can be per­son­alised to meet cus­tomer re­quire­ments.

Wood­bine pro­vides a range of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity as part of the na­tional Aus­tralian Dis­abil­ity En­ter­prise pro­gram. Its head­quar­ters are in War­rackn­abeal.

Launches for the new en­ter­prise were at War­rack Home Hard­ware, the re­tailer for the prod­ucts, and Wood­bine, where Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy viewed the new range of items.

Mr Roberts said cre­at­ing the fur­ni­ture was a great way to show­case the skills of sup­ported em­ploy­ees who were in­volved in sourc­ing the tim­ber, mak­ing the fur­ni­ture and pro­mot­ing the prod­ucts.

“We re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the We Love War­rackn­abeal pro­mo­tion and our sup­ported em­ploy­ees did a great job, dis­tribut­ing more than 200 brochures and talk­ing to peo­ple about the fur­ni­ture,” he said.

“We plan to take the prod­ucts to some of the re­gional field days, which will give our sup­port- ed em­ploy­ees the op­por­tu­nity to show off and sell their work.”

The range of items pro­duced in­cludes bars, bench seats, bench ta­bles, book­shelves, bread boards, coat hang­ers, cof­fee ta­bles, desks, es­kys, wall units, wine-bot­tle hold­ers and wine racks.

Wood­bine chief ex­ec­u­tive Bernie O’con­nor said all prof­its from New Life Fur­ni­ture went to im­prov­ing the ser­vices his or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vided for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity.

“Al­though New Life Fur­ni­ture by Wood­bine is only a fledg­ling busi­ness, we have had an en­cour­ag­ing re­sponse from those peo­ple who have seen the prod­uct range,” he said.

“Our sup­ported em­ploy­ees make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to Wood­bine and take great pride in their work, which is re­flected in th­ese fur­ni­ture prod­ucts.

“My thanks to Kathryn Wilken at War­rack Home Tim­ber and Hard­ware for her on­go­ing sup­port and to our staff and sup­ported em­ploy­ees for de­vel­op­ing this ini­tia­tive.”

“We re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the We Love War­rackn­abeal pro­mo­tion and our sup­ported em­ploy­ees did a great job, dis­tribut­ing more than 200 brochures and talk­ing to peo­ple about the fur­ni­ture ” – Des Roberts

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