FROM humble beginnings in a small office in the Sovereign Cinema Complex, Gympie’s Jobmatch Employment Agency has now moved into a modern state of the art building in O’Connell Street that was officially opened yesterday.
The official opening ribbon cutting was undertaken by Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne at an afternoon function attended by people who have been involved with Jobmatch over the years, board of management members, staff from government support agencies, employers, clients and staff.
Original Jobmatch manager Garry Davison who opened the first office doors on March 6, 1992 gave those assembled for the opening a rundown of the history of Jobmatch from its birth in 2001.
He said the community based organisation was started by parents and friends of people with a disability and from that had grown a not for profit organisation whose main aim is to find employment for people with a disability and work with them so they can continue that employment.
Jobmatch started with Mr Davison as manager and two support staff and has grown to a point where it now employs 17 people who support those with a disability find and maintain employment.
From the start Jobmatch grew and in 1995 moved to a bigger building in Mellor Street, opening the doors on January 1, 1996.
Jobmatch had subsequently outgrown that building and last year a developer custom built the new million dollar complex in O’Connell Street that is organisation’s new home.
Opening the building Cr Dyne said it was obvious Jobmatch clients and staff were happy with the new building and congratulated the organisation on the excellent work it did in the community.