June 3, 2016
It’s not every day that a South Burnett organisation wins a national award, which is the reason why the crew from Gumnut Place in Murgon earned a standing ovation on Wednesday.
The disability enterprise offers employment opportunities and training for up to 20 people at its centre in Gore Street.
The services it offers to local businesses – everything from secure document shredding to pallet manufacture, trophy making and catering – are also very popular.
Gumnut Place is run by South Burnett CTC.
CEO Nina Temperton broke the news about the national award at CTC’s annual employees’ day which was held at Wooroolin Hall.
She praised all the workers at Gumnut for being “open to change, open to new challenges and working their butts off!”
‘We’re so proud of all of you,” she said.
Mrs Temperton handed the Australian Disability Enterprise Excellence Award to manager Barb O’Hanlon who was almost in tears as she thanked her Gumnut team for all their hard work.
The award, which was presented in Canberra on Monday, honours a Disability Enterprise that has made a significant contribution in ensuring people with disability are encouraged to participate to their full potential in employment.
It is presented annually by the Federal Government’s Department of Social Services.
The award announcement was the highlight of South Burnett CTC’s employees’ day.
Earlier in the day full-time and casual staff members filled the hall to hear guest speaker Adam Fraser explain the necessity for a work – life balance.
After lunch and photographs, a series of staff awards were handed out, including the prestigious Howard Leisemann STAR award to an outstanding South Burnett CTC employee.
This year’s award was won by Esther Ross who works at the organisation’s headquarters in Kingaroy.
Guest speaker Dr Adam Fraser talked about balancing work and everything else …