South Burnett CTC: Congratulations Gumnut Place

3rd June 2016

The National Disability Services “Australian Disability Enterprise Excellence Award 2016” was awarded to The Gumnut Place at the Disability at Work Conference in Canberra on 30 May.

Gumnut Place was established in 1986 by family and friends of people living with a disability as a response to the need for local supported employment opportunities.   Based in Murgon and part of South Burnett CTC Inc’s Disability Services since 2007, Gumnut Place now provides meaningful work for 20 supported employees through five business streams including a wood workshop, commercial kitchen, commercial laundry, a trophy and engraving service and a secure document destruction service.

Each supported employee is supervised and mentored to work safely and productively at their own capacity and to transition into open employment if they have a goal to do so.

CTC CEO, Nina Temperton and Disability Services Manager, Barb O’Hanlon were present at the conference and were extremely surprised and delighted when the award winner was announced.

Mrs Temperton took the opportunity on 1 June during CTC’s annual CTC Day to share the exciting news with all CTC staff and present the award to the Gumnut Place team.

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Gumnut Place Team at CTC Day (photo courtesy of southburnett.com.au)

 

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Dr Joan McKenna-Kerr, NDS President; The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Disability Services; Mrs Nina Temperton, South Burnett CTC CEO; and Mrs Barb O’Hanlon, South Burnett CTC Disability Services Manager