Barney Sainsbury was waiving a sign on the highway pleading for a job this week, now he's on the worksite.
Barney Sainsbury was waiving a sign on the highway pleading for a job this week, now he's on the worksite.

Roadside plea pays off for determined job seeker

TAKING to the streets asking anyone that would listen for work, paid off for recent arrival Barney Sainsbury this week.

After spending hours in the car park of hardware store Bunnings approaching tradies and asking for work, he took to standing on the side of the Paci- fic Hwy with a sign simply reading "need a job".

His search for work had become desperate since arriving on the Coffs Coast from Mount Isa with a 10-month-old baby six months ago.

"I'm just looking for anything right now. I've had labouring and construction industry ex- perience, basically anything with a bit of constant work," Mr Sainsbury told the Advocate on Tuesday.

His effort and enthusiasm struck a chord with brothers Peter and Michael of Martin Design + Construct, and on Wednesday morning he was helping to lay a concrete slab.

"He pretty much tackled us in the Bunnings car park," Peter Martin said.

"Walked up to us and said 'what do you guys do?'."

After half a day on the job Peter and Michael have been impressed by their new recruit.

"He knows what he's doing," Michael said.

The brothers haven't put him on full time but are trying to give the 25-year-old as much work as possible.



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