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Get ready for Spring Racing Session!

Spring Racing Session

Well, the season is nearly upon us all again…….The I need an outfit for a special occasion season!

Be it a wedding, a formal, a Spring Fundraiser or if you need an outfit for Melbourne Cup Day and maybe even a great inexpensive fascinator or two, Moments Boutique at Albany Creek has it.

Spring Racing Session

It was a lightbulb moment whilst standing in line at Centrelink and a need to help others that Shirley knew she wanted a new fresh start doing something which brought joy to those she touched. Not long after this she was at a local clothing stores’ huge moving sale buying a dress for her daughter and a little voice told her to ask about buying the fixtures as well, the rest is history. Before she knew it, they had offered her some dresses at a great price and there she was for the first time in her life at 46 starting a business.

From humble beginnings in 2010 operating out of under her home at West Chermside, she opened under the name of Elegance Plus. Soon through word of mouth locally her little business grew and Shirley expanded to her current shop at Dawn Rd, Albany Creek. With this, she rebranded as It’s Your Moment Formal Boutique and Shirley hasn’t looked back. In recent times and with growth Shirley has seen the need to faze the range of long formal gowns and rebrand again as Moments Boutique.

Moments Boutique specialises in Mother of the Bride/Groom outfits, Grandmother of the bride/groom, Racewear Dresses, Fascinators, and Accessories. Shirley’s vision is to help source beautiful dresses and pantsuits for ladies at competitive prices. It is her passion to make everyone she styles look absolutely stunning and feeling beautiful no matter how petite or how voluptuous they may be. She finds many ladies come into her store feeling very deflated because they can’t get a lovely dress that they feel comfortable in or fits their body shape and size. Shirley knows as women all have those little bits that we want to either accentuate or hide. So, she likes to cater for this and it’s where Shirley absolutely loves helping them and seeing their faces when they have a choice of four or five outfits, and they don’t know which one to pick. Shirley says it lifts her heart and that’s the best problem to have! Her motto is we all love to feel like a lady and so we should.'

Spring Racing Session Village Buzz

After 7 years in business, Shirley noticed that she found it difficult to source fascinators for the everyday woman who didn’t want to pay a fortune or didn’t want to see themselves everywhere they went. So, she decided to begin creating her own. The ideas flooded in and now Shirley creates her own all made in-house pieces. Shirley is quick to point out that she doesn’t consider herself a milliner as she is self-taught but her designs are one-off pieces and totally couture. With prices ranging from $25, they are very affordable and there’s something for everyone.

Shirley supports local charities by donating pieces of jewelry or gift certificates as prizes if they have a benefit or something on. She loves being in business on the north side of Brisbane as she has lived here all of her life and wouldn’t think to live anywhere else. She finds the people very family orientated. Shirley loves the relaxed lifestyle of working near where she lives and getting to know her customers as neighbours.

Shirley’s vision for the future is to work from home providing what she does now but by appointment so she can focus individually on every lovely customer and their outfit that comes into her home. She prides herself in customer service and believes that this will take that experience further by making them feel totally comfortable whilst they shop for their special occasion.

Her one wish in life is to make ladies feel safe. Even as a child she didn’t always feel safe, but she does now and loves it when ladies come into her store and the feedback she gets is that they felt so comfortable and safe.

There are new fascinators just released ready for the upcoming race day essentials and all gowns at the moment are on sale and there are some stunning gowns ones from just $85. Shirley is clearing them out to make way for more Plus size mother of the bride in February 2019.

Moments Boutique is located at Shop 4/2 Dawn Road, Albany Creek and is opened Tuesday - Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 8:30am-3:30 pm.

For further information, the website is www.itsyourmoment.com

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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When you’re a kid every step counts…but what if you can’t?

Every Step Counts

When you’re a kid every step counts, every skip, run and jump but what if you can’t?

Well amazing Brisbane Mum, Christine Meyer, decided that “no” was not in her vocabulary when it came to her son James. Christine and husband Darren, decided to fundraise for life changing neurosurgery for James who was told that he would probably never walk independently due to Cerebral Palsy. The fundraising was for James to undertake SDR surgery in the US at the end of last year. With the support of Every Step Foundation James has now taken his first steps and is well on his way to walking independently.

Every Step Foundation

How cute are these three stars in the featured photo here? Josh, Harry and James, three friends all living with Cerebral Palsy and a part of the Every Step family.

Every Step Foundation is now headed by Christine and two other local mums, Rebecca and Miranda, whose lives have also been touched by Cerebral Palsy and who have a joint strong drive to help other children living with a physical disability.

Every Step Foundation supports children with physical disabilities and their families in achieving their goals. This year they are focused on funding intensive therapy blocks, such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and occupational therapy. Intensive therapy blocks are proving to be highly effective, particularly in children with Cerebral Palsy, in developing strength, improving balance, reducing tone and associated pain and achieving valuable long term functional gains. Often these intensive blocks cost in excess of $5000 each which can make them prohibitively expensive for families. The Foundation supports Brisbane and surrounds and hopes to geographically expand their support network in the near future

This year Every Step Foundation aims to raise enough funds to support six children through an intensive block of therapy of their choice. In the long term, they hope to be a major Australian not for profit charity who can support children with disabilities and their families to achieve their goals.

The Foundation and these incredible mums want people to know that they are not alone in their journey with disability and they encourage people to join their support network through their Facebook page, Every Step Foundation. They want everyone to know how they can support their cause and how we all might be able to support them or their loved one. In particular, that ALL funds raised through Every Step Foundation are spent DIRECTLY on children living with disability. This year money raised will directly fund intensive blocks of therapy for children who are working hard every day to achieve their goals and improve their mobility and function.

Every Step Foundation is a proud northside charity and they love the disability support network we have here within easy reach of the CBD.

Every Step Foundation has their upcoming Annual Ladies Luncheon which is their major fundraiser on 6 October 2018 at Hillstone St Lucia Golf Course. This a beautiful and fun filled day is for ladies to enjoy a two-course lunch including wine, live music, games, raffles and a silent auction with some amazing prizes! Tickets are selling fast so get in quick if you don’t want to miss out https://www.trybooking.com/VTVP. Donations can also be made directly to their Give Now fundraising link https://www.givenow.com.au/everystepfoundation and if you wish to give any donations of auction or raffle prizes for their upcoming major fundraiser please contact Rebecca at rebecca@everystepfoundation.org.au.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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Harry’s Diner: An iconic Brisbane car and bike lovers meet up place says goodbye

Photo Credits: Biker Event Calendar

They say when one door closes another opens and on Saturday 18 August 2018 with all signage removed the doors at Harry’s Diner, Newmarket Road, Windsor closed officially for the last time.

For those who don’t know, for over 20 years Harry’s has been a well-known iconic car and bike lovers meeting place. With its unique 1950’s style, it has been famous for hosting car meets just as much as its wonderful milkshakes and burgers, 1950’s serving size too. So, in true Brisbane car lovers style, a Webby’s Old School Cruise Night was held to mark the last “official” cruise from there to Bunnings at Carseldine. As expected hundreds turned out for the cruise and to watch history in the making.

By the time the cruise reached Bunnings at Carseldine there were approximately 1000 cars in attendance, filling Bunnings, the Homemaker Centre and Aldi’s car park, mostly the classic cars which we’ve grown up with but with a few standouts. From an early 1900’s Chevy to the latest of muscle cars there were cars, trucks, bikes, and hot-rods of all makes and models. And as always for Webby’s Cruises, no one is left out and everyone is included. It’s hard not to notice the close “family” feel in this group even though this time it’s the largest I’ve ever seen outside of an organised car show. I must confess I’m a bit of a car buff and at these meets, I’m continually surprised by what turns up on the night.

There are many car groups in Brisbane and meets often held for car enthusiasts so there’s always somewhere to view the odd standouts or go for a cruise but this had to be the largest ever held in Brisbane. It should be noted also that the organisation is well oiled and those involved should be extremely proud of how everyone conducted themselves. Too often car meetups are given a bad rap but this group of whom most only know each other through going to the meets behaved exceptionally well and are always more than happy to talk about their pride and joys as well as learn from others.

If you’re looking to join a cruise or just check out the amazingly well restored and maintained vehicles the next Webby’s Old School Cruise Night is planned for 15 September. Check out the Facebook page for more details on where to meet etc. CLICK HERE.

All is not lost for Harry’s Diner and they are relocating and expect to reopen at a new location in late November. All is hush hush at the moment until the final plans are in place but bigger and better things are to come. Stay tuned.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane

Street Libraries

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
“Dr. Seuss”

There are so much to read and learn about and so many inexpensive ways of doing it.

I have discovered a number of quirky neighbourhood street libraries that I’m keen to share them with you as well as a way of reading all the latest magazines for free.

Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane and we are fortunate enough to have some of them right on our doorstep. These community styled libraries are created by residents and come in all shapes and sizes from repurposed letterboxes to old fridges.

This works by the local community system of an honesty box where residents provide books and sometimes DVDs and children’s games and anyone can come along and borrow them. It works best when you swap one item for another one and if you want to you can donate those that you have preloved and read.

Locally we can find these wonderful libraries at Brookside Shopping Centre opposite Target, Brighton in Gynther Avenue, Bardon – near the corner of Jubilee Terrace and Fletcher Parade, Arana Hills in Hillenvale Avenue, and Dayboro outside Rendezvous Café 2/1 Williams Street. Apparently, there’s nearly 100 of these in Brisbane. Do you know of any others locally? We’d love for you to share them here.

At Samford, they have their very own Business Library with books for future business owners, employees and entrepreneurs it’s in the Blue Hut at 2204 Mt Samson Road and you can be a member for $5. You can borrow up to 5 books with no time limit on them. For everything customer, marketing, managerial support, and self-help. They are open Wednesday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 2pm – 5pm.

If you are an avid magazine reader and love to have them at your fingertips as soon as they are released the Brisbane City Council has a system that if you’re a member you can get them direct to your phone or iPad etc. to read as soon as they come out. No more old magazines hanging around and you can just screenshot what you want to keep for future reference or to read later. To be eligible for this contact your local library and they will help you through the process of downloading the app etc. then you can even set it up so each month you are notified as soon as a new one hits the stands, sometimes before!

This weekend from today until Sunday the Lifeline Bookfest is being held at the Ipswich Showgrounds. With books price from $1 and free entry, you’re bound to bag some bargain reading.

On Wednesday 5 September from 9am, Indigenous Literacy Day, Connected Incorporated at 4A/143 St Vincents Road, Virginia will hold their Great Book Swap, you can bring along one of your favourite books and swap it for another from their extensive library. All for the price of a gold coin donation (maximum of three books per person). All proceeds will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Happy Reading.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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Samford Valley Steiner School’s festiValley returns in August 2018

festiValley, Samford Valley Steiner School’s biennial fair, is returning on Saturday 4 August 2018.  Between 10.00am and 4.00pm, the school’s bushland grounds will be transformed into a vibrant marketplace of food, craft, and entertainment!

Activities cater for all ages. For younger children, there will gem fossicking, face painting and baby animals. Older children can enjoy silk painting, tie-dyeing, wooden sword making and candle-making.  For teens and adults, there’s henna tattoos, crate climbing, and a forging workshop. Activity tickets can be pre-purchased online at www.trybooking.com/UVDW.

This year a series of talks will be held in The Conversation Space ‘Yur imbar’. A selection of high school art will be auctioned and there will be something for everyone at our Second Chance Stall – quality clothing, books, and toys!

Local artisans and craftspeople will be selling their unique creations and local entertainers will be roving the fair. From puppet shows to storytellers and musicians, our festival has something for everyone. An ATM will be available onsite for your convenience.

Nutritious food is always a highlight of festiValley. As well as two school-run cafés and a Chai Tent in the main festival space, there will be a café in the kindergarten where parents and carers with small children can relax in an enclosed play space.  A large selection of home-baked sweet and savoury food, with organic, gluten-free and vegan options will be available, along with fair-trade coffee!

We are working towards a single-use plastic free and sustainable festival. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and coffee cups, and water will be freely available freely at a special stand.

This year there are two incredible Raffles with a fantastic array of prizes totaling over $10,000.  Tickets can be purchased on the day (full prize listing here - www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/Raffle-Prize-Listing-updated.pdf ).
• Raffle 1 has 4 prizes, each valued at $2,000 which will be drawn in order of prizes.
• Raffle 2 is a Pamper Package valued at $2,030.

After the raffle draw at 4 pm, festiValley will draw to a close with a final musical performance from students and staff.

Samford Valley Steiner School an easy 35-minute drive from Brisbane, and just a few minutes from Samford Village, making festiValley the perfect day out for the whole family!

For more information, the program of events and festival highlights please visit us at www.facebook.com/festivalley or see our website https://www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au/news-events/festivalley/  

About Samford Valley Steiner School

Samford Valley Steiner School offers an inspiring and comprehensive education for children from Pre-Prep through to Year 12 and provides the only high school in the Samford area. The school is located on 20 acres of leafy, natural bushland in the semi-rural Samford Valley.

Samford Valley Steiner School, 5 Narrawa Drive, Wights Mountain.

SUMMARY

  • Activities & entertainment for all ages
  • Local artisan stalls
  • Second Chance Stall – quality toys, clothes and books
  • Nutritious food with organic, gluten free & vegan available
  • Sustainability – please bring your own water bottle and Keep Cup
  • ATM available onsite
  • Free entry, gold coin parking
  • festiValley is Family Friendly, Smoke-free and Pet-free Event!
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GROVELY STATE SCHOOL TRIVIA NIGHT

Please join us for a fun and exciting night of trivia to raise funds for the P&C.

This is a community event; friends, family, neighbours are all welcome to attend this adults-only night.

Grab a group of the best trivia minds and book a table of 8!

 

GROVELY STATE SCHOOL P&C – CURRENT FUNDRAISING GOAL

The rebuild and refit of our Tuckshop facilities.

Grovely Grub – Grovely State School’s Tuckshop – is dedicated to preparing high quality and fresh food at good prices. Over the last few years the student numbers have grown at Grovely State School and the facilities in the current Tuckshop are not adequate to maintain the level of service we aim to achieve. To help ensure our Tuckshop can continue to deliver delicious and nutritious food to the school community, the P&C has decided that its current fundraising goal is a full rebuild and refit of the Tuckshop facilities.

This is a big target and we appreciate all your support in helping us achieve it.

 

DATE: Friday 3rd August, 2018

TIME: Doors Open At 6.30pm, Trivia Starts At 7pm – 9.30pm

VENUE: GPAC – Grovely State School Hall
200 Dawson Parade, Keperra QLD 4054

TICKET SALES
$15 per person (Max 8 people per table)

HOST
Mitchell Bidner

ONLINE PAYMENT
Pay using the Qkr! App or online at http://grovelyschool.com.au/pay
(Non-members of the school community can create a guest account)

 

DIRECT DEPOSIT
Bank: Commonwealth
Account Name: GROVELY STATE SCHOOL P AND C ASSOCIATION
BSB: 06 4171
Account Number: 00901469
Reference: You must use your surname as the reference

 

REGISTER YOUR TEAM
Team registrations close Wednesday 1st August, 2018.
Team registration must accompany the purchase of a table ($120). Maximum 8 people per team.
To register your team, email info@grovelyschool.com.au with your Team Name and Table Captain.

 

INDIVIDUALS & SMALL GROUPS
Pay to play at $15 per person and be grouped on the night to form impromptu team tables of 8. What a wonderful way to meet new trivia minds!

 


NOTES

The school hall is wheelchair accessible.
EFTPOS will be a $10 minimum spend.
Please bring your ID with you.
Free tea, coffee and tap water will be available.

 Click here to visit our Facebook Page for details

 

 

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When life gets too busy and you feel like you’ve lost direction

When life is busy and you need a little help finding your direction I’ve found someone who can help.

Molly Brumm from Conscious Heart Kinesiology is like a personal stress GPS, finding the subconscious co-ordinates for where you store your stress habits and patterns and helping you clear them.

Kinesiology transformed Molly’s life and well-being as well as that of her family too! She has been a kinesiologist for over 15 years and has used kinesiology consistently to strengthen and support her health.

Molly is passionate about grounding people and restoring their energetic stability - basically getting you out of anxiety, depression and anything overwhelming you and putting you back in the driver’s seat again. Her mission, which she loves, is to connect or even reconnect you back with your Telos: your life’s purpose; something I love to ask most people I meet and as Molly’s puts it “it isn’t to pay taxes!”

Molly facilitates you to see the bigger picture of health/life issues and resolve negative patterns in your life. She is a busy and dedicated mum of 3 young adults. To Molly family is the most important work she has created in her life. She trained as an Actor through the Victorian College of the Arts and has worked directing 2-3 productions a year as a High School Drama/English teacher. Coaching adolescents to explore other parts of themselves through a role and in a bigger story brought her untold joy because they were getting a glimpse of who they could become, not limited by teenage anxieties and conformities.

Molly now works as a speaker and facilitator as well as conducting private one on one sessions to help her clients achieve their goals in life, health and love. She also teaches small groups about being energetically hygienic - from Chakra Meditation classes to Touch For Health Synthesis, and Chakra Energies for Business.

Molly loves the energy, enthusiasm and warmth in the people she has met through business networks like the NOW Business Group -Business Building Community, Brisbane Women Connecting, the Hills Chamber of Commerce and Moreton Bay Libraries.

Molly dedicates time by presenting free talks in Moreton Bay Libraries, she chairs the Women in Business Committee at the Hills Chamber, and helps out with Brisbane Women Connecting and she founded and runs the Brisbane Kinesiology Club.

She also supports research for kinesiology and specifically the science of Muscle Response Testing. Most recently she has organised and ran an event that raised awareness, increased knowledge and raised money to support a Qld kinesiologist pursue further research in Oxford at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.

Molly’s vision for the future is to own and run an Energy School, where people can access ongoing weekly classes as well as workshops to experience their chakra energy and spirit anchored in the physical reality of their body. She’s keen to share her passion, educate and thus empower others.

Molly believes kinesiology offers sequence and structure to working with the mystery of our energy bodies so everyone can improve their health, mental stability and emotional resilience. Its approach shows you how to assess energy moving it from an intangible thing to something tangible and where you can experience visible changes in front of your own eyes!

Drawing on her inner child Molly said she would like to focus more on her curiosity and playtime.

Molly is fascinated by acupoints and the Traditional Chinese Medicine way of viewing humans and our development. By playing and exploring how she can create specific protocols through a kinesiology framework her inner child feels like she’s on an old- fashioned wooden seat swing that can really soar high!

She also wishes she’d been able to perform Juliet, Viola, Ophelia and Beatrice in an incredible English company like the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Bristol Theatre.
There are many classes that Molly holds including her monthly meditation class and a healing circle.

Some others are as follows: -
Chakra Meditation class, Keperra - 2nd Wed each month, next one August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th
6.30pm - 7.45pm in Keperra $15 


Healing Circle, Redcliffe Library Thursday August 2nd, 13th September, 18th October, 22nd November 9.30am - 11.30am $36
https://www.trybooking.com/WOUW


Touch For Health Level 1: August 5th, 12th and 19th Touch For Health Level 2 - 4 - TBA
https://www.trybooking.com/WCPR

You can also book online at www.consciousheartkinesiology.com.au

Or Molly can be contacted on 0411 969 554 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 6.00pm and Saturday 11.00am-2.00pm

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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The end of an era as Everton Park’s Luv A Coffee closes

Pictured: Annette and Colin Thwaites behind the counter at Luv a Coffee where they have greeted customers over the years and prepared umpteen cups of coffee. Photo By Sheree Lenton

 

July 21, 2018, will mark the end of an era in Everton Park when Annette and Colin Thwaites open Luv a Coffee in Everton Park Plaza shopping centre for the very last time.

The Kiwi couple first opened their doors 12 years ago when there were few places in the neighbourhood to get a coffee and a meal. At Luv a Coffee’s peak Annette and Colin would serve 140 breakfasts on Saturday mornings and an average of 200 cups of coffee every day. 

The venue became one of the mainstays of the centre with shoppers and staff stopping by at all times of the day for to socialise over their favourite refreshments. It was particularly popular with people visiting the Australia Post shop to pay their bills, collect mail or post letters and parcels.

 

Colin Thwaites making coffees for Madeleine Hicks Real Estate's entire team!

 

Other longstanding regulars were mums with children at the dance school and the Everton Park Business Club which has been meeting there for breakfast first thing on Wednesday mornings for nearly 10 years.

Luv a Coffee’s business started to decline when Australia Post closed and, while it will be a relief to finally shut up shop, the couple do have mixed feelings about that. They have become a part of the community, seen customers’ children grow up around them and they will undoubtedly miss that community connection.

Annette and Colin were already coffee shop veterans when they arrived in Everton Park having started BB’s coffee shop in Brookside Centre twenty years ago. Colin reckons he’s made over a million-and-a-half cups of coffee since then and we’re sure they are going enjoy a rest before going on to something else.

Lovingly written by long-term coffee drinker - Allan Jackson, Allan Jackson Communications.

 

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Low Impact Exercises for Over 50’s that will keep you fit without causing strain on your body.

…"no single intervention has greater promise than exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously…" Booth et al. Journal Applied Physiology 2000.

For the older population keeping fit is essential. However, so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Reformer Pilates sessions at a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause.

With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many Elle from any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology agrees that Reformer Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy.

Reformer Pilates focuses on building a strong "core"–the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight-bearing. It also can positively affect postural positions.

Benefits of Regular Low Impact Reformer Pilates Sessions

  • Improved deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone
  • Prevent and reduce low back and neck pain
  • Overall body toning
  • Improved posture and core stability
  • Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Reduce stress
  • Improves sporting performance
  • Safe form of exercise during and after pregnancy
  • Improves bone density (reduces the risk of osteoporosis)

About any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology

any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology is a boutique studio that caters to individuals that are new to Pilates.

All Reformer Pilates programs are individually designed after a musculoskeletal assessment has taken place with our Principle Business Owner and Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet.

Many other Pilates classes are too often generic and don't cater to the person's specific goals being met.

Small group sessions at any.BODY Pilates Studio aims to improve patients posture, core strength and stability, flexibility, balance and breathing with a specific focus on learning control issues that may be contributing to pain or reduced function.

The studio is located 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Paddington, Rosalie, Auchenflower and Toowong with parking available for all any.BODY clients.

For more information please visit: https://www.anybody-studio.com.au/
or contact Elle directly on 0413 021 0369

Choice. Passion. Life – working to create sustainable employment opportunities for everyone

Here at Village Buzz we are always interested in people and organisations who are working to create sustainable employment opportunities for everyone in our community.

Tony Newman from CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, is just this kind of person. And CPL is just this kind of organisation. I met Tony at a networking function (NOW Business Network) that we both attend and was interested to learn that he is a Business Development Officer for CPL.

Pictured: Mylstones Solutions business development manager Tony Newman discusses a print job with hub worker Shelley Whelan.

CPL – Choice, Passion, Life (formerly known as the Cerebral Palsy League, which you might have known them as) support people with disabilities right across Queensland. And they’ve been doing so for 70 years – 2018 is their 70th year in fact.

CPL provide services from early intervention for people and families who may have just been diagnosed, to allied health therapies, support in homes or out in the community and of course employment and training.

Employment is, of course, a major part of most people's lives and CPL believes that people with disabilities deserve the same opportunities as anyone else. CPL supports people with disabilities to find work in a range of ways and they have a few different business models and pathway programs that help them to do this.

The first is Mylestones Employment – this is a Disability Employment Service that matches job seekers to employers. They work with jobseekers to find long term employment that matches their skills and career goals, while also working closely with local businesses to meet their recruitment needs. They’ve been around for over 20 years, kicking goals for local businesses and people with disabilities every day.

The second is Mylestones Solutions – it’s a social enterprise providing supported employment opportunities and that’s where Tony comes in.

Mylestones Solutions have work crews right across Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba and Brisbane South), which provide professional garden maintenance and landscaping to businesses. Tony is responsible for finding and developing new business for Mylestones Solutions, so they can continue to grow and with the hope that they can start more crews in different areas.

Because more crews mean more jobs for people with disabilities.

I was astounded to learn that although 1 in 5 Australians have a disability, they only equate to 10% of the national workforce.

And while we’re on statistics – did you know that Australia's GDP would grow by $34.5 billion a year if people with a disability had the same workforce participation rates as the general population? Plus, $7.1 billion would be saved each year on disability support pensions.

Tony’s immediate goal is to win enough business for Mylestones Solutions to establish a crew in North Brisbane. The existing crews have been hugely successful already, winning tenders with different councils, body corporates and the Housing Commission.  

In addition to these gardening crews, Mylestones Solutions and Mylestones Printing also have a hub in Strathpine where they employ over 40 people with disabilities and offer a range of services to local businesses.

In short, the hub offers affordable print and mail options for businesses. It could range from mail preparation and direct mail, to digital printing, as well as binding and laminating and everything in between. And while you’re getting a quality and local service, you’re also supporting employment for people with disabilities too.

Here too, Tony plays a role by clueing business people into the efficiencies and cost savings they can achieve by using the hub to complete tasks which, although vital, might be time-consuming and distract them from their core business, whatever that might be.

The hub also has a coffee cart open to the public at the entrance, which provides employment and training for even more people with disabilities. They also offer barista training for anyone who would like to learn more about the art of coffee.

Pictured: One of Mylestones Solutions’ busy work crews

More information

T: 1800 275 753

W: www.myemployment.org.au

 

 

Written by Allan Jackson.