PROMOTING THE FUTURE: Big Artie Beetson helps put out the positive employment message at yesterday’s Jobs Expo.
PROMOTING THE FUTURE: Big Artie Beetson helps put out the positive employment message at yesterday’s Jobs Expo. Renee Pilcher

Jobs Expo in huge Gympie success

FOOTY hero Artie Beetson and Channel 7 fishing legend Scott Hillier reckon they’ve got the best jobs in the world.

And partly thanks to their good work, 125 people got real jobs in Gympie yesterday.

That does not include the ones who have interviews or the prospects of them coming up next week.

“It’s just been a fantastic day,” a Centrelink spokesperson said of the huge “Keep Australia Working” Centrelink Jobs Expo at Gympie’s Showgrounds Pavilion.

The results justified the optimism of local employment co-ordinator Garry Davison, who said he was confident final figures would show Gympie employers and their would-be employees are eager to get together and talk real business.

“The feedback was amazing,” the spokesperson said. “Everyone’s saying, ‘When’s the next one?’ We had 515 jobs on offer all up.

“Exhibitors went away with 1221 resumes to look at, there were 2800 people through the door and it looked from feedback that at least 125 people got jobs.

“That is brilliant news for the local economy and that’s just the ones we know of,” he said.

With Big Artie as indigenous ambassador, the crowd was welcomed to country by indigenous elder Auntie Lillian and to Gympie by Mayor Ron Dyne.

Gubbi Gubbi dancer Lyndon Davis made it a special moment with his virtuoso performance on the Didgeridoo.

“I’m forever being told I’ve got the best job in the world,” Mr Hillier told the crowd. “And probably I have. But we’ve had people leaving these Expos thinking they’ve got the best job in the world, or at least one that will lead them to the job of their dreams.”

Gympie Times


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