Liz Howland, a Pastor working in remote regions has responded to our article Queensland Encourages Grey Nomads To Plug Skills Gaps suggesting a register so Grey Nomads can match their skills with remote community needs. Liz writes:
I am emailing you because I feel you may have an avenue to get this employment/volunteer work opportunity out there amongst the ‘grey nomads’.
I am a Pastor who travels out in the more isolated regions of south west Queensland and NSW and have found a great need for experienced electricians, plumbers, painters, builders/carpenters for people on rural properties.
Many people on these properties would be only too willing to pay for the services rendered and would welcome these tradespeople onto their properties, let them set up anywhere they wished, or connect them to power etc. to have some much needed jobs done.
I know one family who has had an air conditioner sitting on the floor for 2 and a half years, simply cannot get anyone to install it.
Once a tradesperson was in a district, their availability would travel by word of mouth and they could have as much or as little work as they chose.
I know the ‘grey nomad’ experience would be enriched also by meeting some of these genuine country people.
Maybe a register could be set up on your site with lists of people who would be interested in spending some of their time in this way.
I also have other needs in country churches where a coat of paint, some electrical work, and building repairs are sorely needed. Those who would give of their time to help would be greatly appreciated…
It would be great to get some feedback on this idea – PWF would be pleased to be the conduit. As usual a good idea goes nowhere if people don’t know about it…how to spread the word?
Perhaps we could link a PWF register with Tourism Queensland, Community Building websites in all states, plus other organisations that you ‘out there’ might be able to suggest? Possibly:
Is a register like this realistic? Your comments and/or suggestions would be really appreciated.