BIG JOB: Jaya Tindel, who’s looking for permanent work, and Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.
BIG JOB: Jaya Tindel, who’s looking for permanent work, and Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett. Mike Knott BUNJAYA

Jaya is looking for his dream job

JAYA Tindel is 30 and dreams of working with books, film or DVDs.

But despite his passion and drive, Mr Tindel can't get a foot in the door and is among 9.4% of the community who are unemployed.

Adding to his own battle is Mr Tindel's Down syndrome which State Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said should be a non-issue.

"Obviously things are tough in Bundaberg with unemployment but it's important that we don't forget people who have a disability, particularly Down syndrome," Mr Bennett said.

"We just want to highlight that they are employable, they are wonderful and Jaya particularly is a wonderful young man."

Mr Tindel is an active volunteer.

He has spent the past year giving his time to Nanna's Pantry and the past two years at North State School helping kids with their reading as part of the Rotary Readers Program.

"I'm a social butterfly. I like meeting new people," Mr Tindel said.

And as he stood outside Nanna's Panty uttering those words, two customers walked out of the health food store with beaming smiles as they spotted him.

"I know everyone here actually," he laughed.

But now the dedicated volunteer is asking the community to give him a chance to fulfil his own dream to work with a job at a DVD store, or somewhere like a theatre.

Mr Tindel's supervisor at Nanna's Pantry, Sue Zunker, could not stop singing the willing worker's praises.

"Jaya's amazing, really, he's got quite the character and he's got a great sense of humour," she said.

"He brings a smile to everybody's face; he's just lovely and he tries hard."



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