Builder offers person who tagged his signs a job
A BUNDABERG builder has taken the unusual step of offering a vandal who sprayed tags on his building site signs a job.
JRZ Homes director Jesse Zielke took to Facebook to urge the person to get in contact with him - in a move to address youth unemployment in Bundaberg.
"Would anyone know whose graffiti 'tag' this is in our jobs site in Millbank?" Mr Zielke posted his business's Facebook account.
"We don't want to punish this person, we want to offer this person a PAID job using their graffiti skills (if they have any).
"We are offering then a blank canvas on one of our big jobs coming up.
"Youth unemployment in the region isn't great so let's find out who this is and get them to understand the value of hard work.
"Please share and let's help kill youth unemployment in Bundaberg," he wrote.
Mr Zielke said he was a proud member of the Bundaberg community and in a position to offer assistance.
He said he was prompted to do something when he noticed the same tag on his signs had also been sprayed onto the nearby scout hall.
"They're a not-for-profit organisation who will have to spend money on repainting," Mr Zielke said.
"Obviously this person needs some guidance in life and we were just going to offer them some work - if they've got artistry skills.
"If he doesn't know art then we'll get him with someone who does to teach him a better way to express himself.
"I've had a guy approach me that wants to help out with the street art project so I'd like to get this person in contact with that person to do it - and pay them to do it."
Mr Zielke said the project he wanted to get the person involved in was a large blank wall - part of his upcoming display home build.
"It's a new display home we're about to build...it's a big grey block wall that's on a boundary. It's a wall that fronts a big field so we thought it would be a good spot to do some street art," he said.
With youth unemployment an issue in Bundaberg Mr Zielke said he wanted to do what he could to help.
"Youth unemployment's so bad in Bundaberg and these are the sorts of people that need to be shown the right way and I've got the ability to do that," he said.
"I started the building company four years ago. I donate a lot to local charities and sporting groups. I employ a lot of young people, including four apprentices, three of which are under 22.
"I genuinely want to help the person."
Mr Zielke's post has been shared more than 300 times and he said he may have been contacted by someone who could help get him in contact with the person he was looking to assist, but he was still waiting for confirmation.