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Gumnut History

The history of The Gumnut Place has seen this business go through many changes to reach where it is today.

  • In 1986 The Murgon YMCA established it as an activity therapy centre providing social and active participation for people with disabilities.
  • When The Disability Service Act changed it became a business producing country collectable style pine goods and a range of cakes, biscuits, slices and hot food, which was primarily sold locally.
  • In July 2001 The YMCA transferred its interest in The Gumnut Place to Barambah Community Services Ltd, a controlled entity of the Murgon Shire Council. Barambah Community Services Ltd was responsible for the day to day running of The Gumnut Place.
  • In August 2007 South Burnett CTC was invited to tender for The Gumnut Place by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and was successful in this competitive process.
  • South Burnett CTC commenced the management of the service on 1st December 2007.

There are over 325 Australian Disability Enterprises Australia-wide, providing real work for more than 20,000 people with disability in a supported environment.

Employees of Australian Disability Enterprises enjoy the same working conditions as those in the general workforce, and can use this as a stepping-stone to open employment opportunities.