A unique working arrangement is proving a win-win situation for a local football club and an AXIS Employment client.
Kybybolite Football Club has employed Wayne Jozwin as a groundsman for 15 hours per week from earlier this year in a government funding subsidy arranged through AXIS.
A commercial mower worth $25,000 was also sourced for Wayne's use through the Employment Assistance Fund, which is available for all employers who take on employees who have various barriers.
The fund can be used to assist the employee in the workplace with costs such as making adjustments to the physical workplace, modifications to work vehicles, special equipment for the workplace, information and communication devices.
The mower was sourced with expert advice from Dan Kitto at Limestone Motorcycles and Small Engines, who was competitive on price with all other suppliers. Dan also provided at no cost a brushcutter and blower to help support Wayne and the club.
Ash Owen, who coordinated the arrangement in his then role with AXIS, said it had benefited everyone involved.
He said the club and president Jamie Tidy in particular had gone "above and beyond" and supported Wayne in other ways such as finding him secure housing.
"Wayne was not in a good place emotionally and sleeping rough prior to commencement of his role," he said. "Wayne has been working away at the facility...the grounds have not looked better in my opinion."
Wayne's employment is one of a number of positive developments at the Kyby club this year.
Physical improvements have included painting the clubrooms, planting 100 trees, erecting new goal posts and pads (sponsored by McDonald's), seat and bench upgrades, and earthworks around the oval.
Most of the work has been completed through voluntary contributions from club members or sponsorships.
The club has also commissioned its "common" paddock as a hay crop.
The projects have gone a long way towards counteracting the disappointing start to the year when the Tigers were fined and given other penalties for breaching the player payment regulations last season.