Devastation

Driving up past Karalee and seeing the big bulldozers pushing down acres and acres of enormous gums.

Getting told by Ipswich City Council that it was ‘out of their hands.’ But I could be grateful that they had ‘insisted that a suitable person be employed to relocate any koalas.’ (What of the other animals? And where the hell would the koalas go?).

Turning up to habitat group that weekend with twenty other volunteers to tend to a piece of land a fraction of the size lost that after years of work was starting to look good and comparing it with what had been destroyed in one week.

Seeing miles of ticky tacky houses being built bang on top of each other on the bare naked earth. Hot boxes for the poor, miles from schools, transport and jobs.

Thinking about it all these years later.

via Daily Prompt: Devastation

Youth Workers Wanted

We are recruiting dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic
Youth Workers.

This is a
casual position with the
possible opportunity to continue on an ongoing basis.

Shifts include days evenings sleepovers and weekends.

You will be required to assist clients under
child safety orders, with
complex care needs and
trauma based illness. Some may display
high challenging behaviours such as
self-harm,
suicidal ideation,
drug and alcohol dependencies and
absconding.

You will provide
high quality support that
addresses client needs and
enhances independence, abilities, community participation and
quality of life.

This is a
casual position with the
possible opportunity to continue.

You will be required to transport clients in your own vehicle.

To be considered for the role you must have

2 relevant references within the Youth Sector
12 months (+) paid experience in a residential care setting
Proven experience supporting youths in crisis
Ability to engage effectively with all different personalities
Ability to manage challenging situations as they arise
Outstanding interpersonal skills
Commit to a variety of shifts
Cert IV in Youth Work
Drivers licence
Own reliable transport
Comprehensive car insurance
First aid certificate
CPR Certificate
Manual Handling Certificate
Blue card
Yellow card and a
Smartphone to accept shifts and manage timesheets on our app.

This is a
casual position.

Benefits

Flexible working hours
Use our app, you’ll never miss a shift
Opportunity to increase your experience
We are the leading recruiter of healthcare in Australia
Rewards: gain points for client feedback. Transfer points to the
Qantas Frequent Flyer program! Travel the world.
24 hour support from a dedicated team
Manual handling course – free of charge to successful candidates

a
casual position.

Apply Today

A rewarding career awaits!
If you are interested please apply online.

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casual employee has no guaranteed hours of work, usually works irregular hours, doesn’t get paid sick or annual leave and can end employment without notice [and have employment ended without notice], unless notice is required by a registered agreement, award or employment contract.
Fair Work Australia.

My (most recent) nvc fail

So, Dave picked me up last night after a nonviolent communication (nvc) workshop and I was very excited about all that I had experienced. I bubbled away about it while groping in my backpack for my new phone. Ah – someone’s tried to call me, not sure about the number; I’ll call back just in case it’s one of my sisters.

The phone rang and a familiar voice answered… Well hello, finally. Do you know how many times I’ve rung you over the past three weeks! I’ve left five messages! And I ring all your mobiles and just get that bloody ding-dong. Continue reading “My (most recent) nvc fail”

Dadang Christano nineteen sixty-five

I visited my local art gallery yesterday. The exhibition: Dadang Christiano 1965 is a record of the suffering of the people of Indonesia at the coming of the Suharto regime. I learned that an estimated 1 500 000 people were murdered and many more imprisoned, beaten, raped. I also learned the reason for my ignorance: because the victims were labeled leftist sympathisers and communists (and I’m guessing because they were Asian) the West not only did nothing, they actively discouraged reporting and discussion.

Christano’s art is surely an act of faith: that despite this sorry history of denial, all people now will look and understand, will feel compassion. And so I sat for a moment in testimony, if you like. I sat and imagined ten people and then ten groups of ten people and ten times that until I worked up to 1 500 000. It was very crowded in the gallery, yet solemn, peaceful.

I can’t find an image to post that would not impinge on Christano’s copyright, but here is a link to more of his work.

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