PLACING people in jobs was the focus of a forum on Friday night, organised to help those Fantasea Adventure Cruising staff who may soon be unemployed.
PLACING people in jobs was the focus of a forum on Friday night, organised to help those Fantasea Adventure Cruising staff who may soon be unemployed.

Forum finds jobs for Fantasea

PLACING people in jobs was the focus of a forum at the PCYC on Friday night, organised to help those Fantasea Adventure Cruising staff who may soon be unemployed. The iconic Whitsunday brand, which is headed for a takeover by competing operator Cruise Whitsundays, currently has about 120 full-time and contractual staff, some of whom will not retain their jobs beyond the middle of July.

PRDnationwide Whitsunday licensee Christie Leet, who was a driving force behind the forum, said he was pleased with the way it all went.

"Woolworths came along with 20-odd jobs and Bunnings had about 10 I think. There's a number of smaller firms as well, so in all I think it was a fantastic night," he said.

Proprietor of AirlieBeach.com Tony Laurent was just one local businessman who came away from the forum with a win.

"We've approached two people that we've always been quite impressed with and I will happily employ both of them if I can," he said.

Ideal Placements administration and program support worker Jennifer Rouse said her company too was willing to help.

"We're an employment service for people with health issues but those include things like stress, depression and anxiety, all of which some Fantasea employees may be experiencing, and which could make them eligible for our services," she said. Federal MP George Christensen said he was also willing to help.

"I will be writing to the employment minister Bill Shorten this week about this to see if we can get government assistance into the Whitsundays to help boost employment so at least we are on a par with the rest of the region," Mr Christensen said.

Fantasea Adventure Cruising general manager Matt Lloyd said the forum was a boost for Fantasea staff.

"Tonight has been very humbling, the response from the community has been fantastic and I and all the staff are very appreciative of everything that has been done," he said on the night.


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