Thomas Butterworth, 44 - Gardening/Maintenance, Torrumbarry Weir
My name is Thomas Butterworth. I work here currently at the Torrumbarry Weir and it's changed my life around a lot doing what I'm doing now and studying.
[Vision: Thomas walking across weir]
I work here two days a week which is Thursdays and Fridays.
[Vision: Thomas gardening]
The work I do here is garden maintenance, look after the land.
[Vision: Thomas checking fish]
The fish ladder, count the fish off, what species are coming through, and the native fish, all the good stuff gets all put back.
I was out of work for quite a while. I wanted to change my life and do something.
[Vision: Thomas looking over weir]
The Certificate in Rural Operations Cert III is through Qualified.
[Vision: Thomas walking]
I was referred to a case manager through V-Works which is in Echuca there.
Then started to get me, how can I say, my work history back in order. Before this I wasn't really working or anything like that. Now everything's sort of changing for me in a way, it's really good.
[Vision: Thomas pruning]
In my younger years, like I'm 44, and I've done a lot of factory work, labouring. For me being outdoors working it's a lot better.
Love being outdoors, love being with nature. You can't just give up you've got to go, keep going.
[Vision: Thomas walking around weir - Thomas speaking]
And I kept myself busy, and I kept myself motivated, Qualified has always supported me and I appreciate their help and everything what they're doing for me, and same with V-Works.
[Vision: Thomas standing on weir]
It's just changed a lot in me, yeah, it has.
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