Port Augusta City Council Collaboration


Participants Shona and Hayley sitting in front of a tree, smiling at the photographer

Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc. are proud to be partnering with Port Augusta City Council to fill a number of positions across the Council portfolio, through the Council’s new Access and Inclusion Program. This program was designed to address local unemployment within the Port Augusta Community.
Port Augusta City Council approached the Jobnet Employment Program team of Community Bridging Service (CBS) Inc. and asked them for assistance to fill several positions, ranging from the Works Depot to the HR department.

Although there has been a previous relationship in regard to employment with the Council, this project is on a much bigger scale. CBS Inc. are excited to be working on such a fantastic opportunity that helps empower and supports CBS Inc. clients and people with a disability in our community.

Shona was the first candidate, followed closely by Hayley. Both are working in the Art Gallery/Events Management area, setting up art exhibitions and organising community events.

Shona said “It’s opened up a lot of doors for me. It’s fun and I really enjoy it and there’s room to grow in this organisation. CBS have been awesome and very helpful as well.”

CEO of Port Augusta City Council, John Banks, stated “Unemployment currently remains a significant challenge in Port Augusta, with approximately 25% unemployment or underemployment. This issue not only impacts quality of life but also limits prospects for future employment. We recognise that this problem has become generational, and Council has engaged in a program to create a proactive solution”.

Mayor Linley Shine continued, “Port Augusta ranks among the top 6 disadvantaged communities in South Australia, grappling with significant financial distress and homelessness. Individuals with disabilities face increasing difficulties in finding suitable employment and developing the necessary skills and experience to secure long-term jobs. This not only affects their economic outcomes but also hinders the long-term viability and sustainability of our community. We want to actively break this cycle.”

Freddie Brincat, Founder and Executive Director of CBS Inc. shared, “When business and Governments work together with us, good things happen for everyone. Such experiences developed by local council in this instance show a strong level of community engagement and recognition of the strengths and skills people with a disability bring to workplaces.”

Image: Shona and Hayley from Port Augusta, sitting in front of a tree in the local park