Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says red tape and Labor cuts are unfairly affecting Yarraman based butcher, Bradley Frohloff and his ability to put on a new apprentice.
Mrs Frecklington met with Mr Frohloff regarding the Labor Government’s decision to stop Toowoomba based businesses from accessing the Back to Work program.
“Mr Frohloff had hoped to employ a new young fellow to start as an apprentice at his butcher shop in Yarraman, but because he is based in the Toowoomba Regional Council area, he is not eligible to apply for assistance through the Back to Work program,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“Last year Annastacia Palaszczuk decided Toowoomba businesses shouldn’t be entitled to the program which is supposed to assist regional jobseekers and employers.
“The Back to Work program was initially intended for regional jobseekers, but the LNP successfully campaigned for it to be extended to southeast Queensland in 2017. However, in late 2018, Toowoomba was unfairly removed from the eligibility list.
“This leaves businesses such as Frohlies Meats in Yarraman unable to access the Back to Work program, even though they are in a regional town, and businesses on either side of them in Blackbutt and Nanango, can access this funding support.
“It means Mr Frohloff may not be able to put on this great young man who is keen to work and learn a trade. And, Mr Frohloff will not have the help of another staff member.
“It is completely unfair, unacceptable and it is obvious this decision has been made by a city-centric Labor Government who have no idea about regional Queensland,” Deb said.
Frohlies Meats owner and manager, Bradley Frohloff said they had thought long and hard about employing an apprentice and the Back to Work program incentives were important to their decision.
“We decided to go ahead and put on the young bloke based on the help we could receive through Back to Work,” Mr Frohloff said.
“We only re-opened and renovated the business early this year, so any support we thought we could get to kick-start our business would have helped.
“But, because we are in Yarraman, which is in the Toowoomba regional area, we can’t receive that support. There’s just no common sense in this decision,” Mr Frohloff said.
Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington with Yarraman butcher, Bradley Frohloff of Frohlies Meats.